Wolfgang Ischinger to chair an OSCE Eminent Persons Panel on "European Security as a Common Project" [updated]
At today’s OSCE Ministerial Council in Basel, the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Swiss President Didier Burkhalter, launched a high-level Panel of Eminent Persons on "European Security as a Common Project," in close cooperation with the incoming OSCE chair Serbia and 2016 chair Germany.
The establishment of the panel was widely welcomed by participating states present. The independent panel will be chaired by Wolfgang Ischinger as primus inter pares. The panel will support efforts by the OSCE and participating states and make suggestions on how to further strengthen trust throughout the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian regions and to build a more resilient system of European security, building on the Helsinki and Paris documents within the next 12 months.
The panel will seek close interaction with governments, think tanks and the NGO community. Panelists will represent relevant OSCE regions and serve in their personal capacity. The first meeting of the panel is envisaged to take place at the margins of the 51st Munich Security Conference in early February 2015.
The Munich Security Conference will seek to further support this effort through an MSC Core Group Meeting in Vienna in June 2015. The panel is expected to produce an interim report and a final report by the end of 2015.
Ambassador Ischinger will cease his previous engagement as Global Head of Government Relations with Allianz SE on December 31, 2014, and chair the “Panel of Eminent Persons” on a voluntary basis. He will furthermore remain the chairman of the Munich Security Conference.
[Updated on December 9, 2014]