VIENNA, 9 January 2012 – The new OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Irish Deputy Prime Minister, Eamon Gilmore, will present the Irish Chairmanship’s priorities to the OSCE Permanent Council on Thursday, 12 January in Vienna.
These priorities include enhancing the work of the OSCE in conflict resolution and upholding media freedoms and freedom of expression in the digital age, as well as strengthening co-operation between the 56 OSCE participating States.
Ireland took over the annual rotating OSCE Chairmanship on 1 January from Lithuania. Ukraine will hold the Chairmanship in 2013.
The Permanent Council is one of the OSCE's main regular decision-making bodies. It convenes weekly in Vienna to discuss developments in the OSCE area and to make decisions.
Journalists are invited to cover the speech set to start at 10.00 on 12 January in the Hofburg Congress Centre's Neuer Saal. At 11.45 Deputy Prime Minister Gilmore and the OSCE Secretary General, Lamberto Zannier will give a press conference in Room 201 in the Hofburg Congress Centre. The speech and the press conference will be webcast live at www.osce.org/live.
Advance registration by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 11 January is mandatory.