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  • 28 June 2017

    “We hope that this agreement will lead to better cooperation within the OSCE and will support the Warsaw-based Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in its further growth,” Minister Witold Waszczykowski said on Wednesday, signing the agreement on behalf of the Polish government.

    Speaking at a ceremony to sign the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Poland and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe on the status of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe in the Republic of Poland, Minister Waszczykowski expressed his thanks to Michael George Link, whose role as ODIHR director ends on 30 June, for good cooperation and consistent actions to uphold the Office’s independence and high standards of work.

     


     

    OSCE is the world’s largest security organisation, with 57 participating states on three continents, including all countries in Europe. It was born on 1 January 1995 out of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE). In line with its comprehensive approach to security, the OSCE operates in three dimensions: politico-military, economic and environmental, and human (human rights and democracy).

     

    Talks to settle the OSCE’s legal status in Poland, including its largest institution, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), have been going on for a few years now. In 2016, the MFA prepared a new draft agreement on that subject and started official negotiations with the OSCE. Seated in Warsaw, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights was established pursuant to the Charter of Paris for a New Europe, signed on 21 November 1990, initially as the Office for Free Elections. It is the largest OSCE institution and one of the world’s largest organisations focusing on human rights and promoting democracy. It operates in Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and North America. The ODIHR is the largest international institution based in Poland.

     

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