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The Slovak Republic becomes part of the OSCE Chairmanship Troika

The Slovak Republic becomes part of the OSCE Chairmanship Troika

1.1.2018 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov

From 1 January 2018 the Slovak Republic is becoming part of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Chairmanship Troika together with Italy as the incoming chair and Austria, the outgoing country chairing the largest regional security grouping in the world. 
 
Within the Troika, Slovakia will participate in the OSCE Chairmanship with a consultative role in adopting the most important decisions made by the organization, which Slovakia will eventually chair in 2019.
 
Among the most important independent roles of the Slovak Republic in 2018 will be to chair the Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation for the OSCE. Another, also significant role is awaiting Slovakia in October – to take the lead in demanding talks about the budget of the organization and its autonomous institutions and missions. 
 
In the first quarter, the Slovak Republic will also chair the OSCE Forum for Security Co-Operation, tasked with an active cooperation by the participating countries at the military level in fundamental politico-military European security and stability matters.  
 
Slovakia´s candidacy for the OSCE Chairmanship in 2019 was adopted by the participating countries in December 2016. The Presidency lasts for one calendar year and the position of the incumbent Chair is held by the country´s Foreign Affairs Minister. 
 
Since 1 January 2018, Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic has been appointed as the Special Representative of the Foreign and European Affairs Minister of the Slovak Republic for Slovakia´s Chairmanship of OSCE.
 
Slovakia has been a member of the OSCE since it became independent.  The Organization associates 57 states of Europe, Central Asia and North America, all having equal status.  It was founded under Chapter VIII of the UN Charter.  All the OSCE participating states have equal rights and the decisions are adopted through consensus.  
 
The OSCE´s role is to work toward bringing stability, peace and democracy in Europe through political dialogue, building mutual trust through shared values and practical work by all the participating states.  Its activities also encompass such areas as politics, military and ecological aspects, economy and human rights.