Ministerial Council 2015
- OSCE Troika Ministers discuss Panel of Eminent Persons’ final report
- Constructive spirit at 22nd OSCE Ministerial Council laid solid foundations for continuing dialogue on Europe’s security challenges, says Chairperson Dačić
- Only through dialogue can solutions be found to crisis in and around Ukraine, says OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Dačić
- Robust diplomatic process needed to replace mutual recrimination with rebuilding trust in Europe, conclude Panel of Eminent Persons
- OSCE Ministerial Council in Belgrade: Rebuilding consensus on European security must be our central concern
- Statement by the OSCE Troika welcoming Final Report of the Panel of Eminent Persons on European Security as a Common Project
- OSCE Troika meets at Ministerial Council in Belgrade, calls for further measures to strengthen ceasefire in Ukraine
- Far-reaching action needed in world ‘spiralling out of control,’ OSCE PA President tells foreign ministers
- Joint Statement by the Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair Countries
- OSCE field missions’ work in promoting regional co-operation important for stability in Western Balkans, says Chairperson-in-Office Dačić
Final Decisions and Declarations
The following final decisions and declarations were adopted at the 2015 OSCE Ministerial Council:
- Ministerial Declaration on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that lead to Terrorism
- Declaration on the OSCE Activities in Support of Global Efforts in Tackling the World Drug Problem
- Ministerial Declaration on Reinforcing OSCE Efforts to Counter Terrorism in the Wake of Recent Terrorist Attacks
- Declaration on Youth and Security
- Ministerial Statement on the Negotiations on the Transdniestrian Settlement Process in the "5+2" Format
- Decision on Time and Place of the Next Meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council
What's it all about?
From 3 to 4 December 2015, OSCE Foreign Ministers convened in Belgrade, Serbia, for the annual Ministerial Council, to consider issues relevant to the organization and take the appropriate decisions.
OSCE Ministerial Council
The Ministerial Council was established by the Charter of Paris for a New Europe (1990) under the original name of "Council of Ministers for Foreign Affairs". The 1992 Helsinki Document reaffirmed its role as the central decision-making and governing body of the OSCE and gave it more extensive powers in the field of conflict prevention and crisis management. The 1994 Budapest Document renamed it "Ministerial Council" and fully confirmed its pivotal political role.Learn more about the OSCE Ministerial Council
Bringing together foreign ministers and delegations from the 57 OSCE participating States, the two-day Council occurs near the end of every year and in the final stages of each chairmanship. It acts as the main central decision-making and governing body in the period between OSCE summits and provides a rare opportunity for participating States and 11 Partners for Co-operation to engage in high-level multilateral and bilateral talks on their current security relations and concerns.
1 December: Preparations
2 December: Preparations
The #UnitedCVE campaign photo booth at the Press Centre allows the participants of the 22nd Ministerial Council to show their support for the campaign.
The Extended OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Bureau December 2015 meeting was held on the eve of the 2015 OSCE Ministerial Council. The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Serbia’s Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić, also participated in the event.
Representatives from the OSCE Parallel Civil Society Conference 2015 handed over a set of recommendations to the OSCE Troika Representatives ahead of the Ministerial Council.
3 December: Day 1
07:00 - We will posting live updates on this page throughout the day with the latest from the 22nd OSCE Ministerial Council. Follow the discussion on Twitter @Serbia2015OSCE and @OSCE or using #OSCEMC15 hashtag. Watch live at www.osce.org/live.
09:45 - Delegates from the OSCE participating States have arrived at the venue in Belgrade for the 22nd OSCE Ministerial Council. Before the first session begins, all Foreign Ministers and Heads of Delegations pose for the traditional family photo.
12:00 - PRESS RELEASE: Joint Statement by the Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair Countries
12:10 - Robust diplomacy needed to rebuild trust in Europe: the final report of the Panel of Eminent Persons on European Security as a Common Project was presented at the Ministerial Council.
15:00 - The final report of the Panel of Eminent Persons on European Security as a Common Project is available online.
PHOTOS: for more photos from Day 1 check out our album on Flickr:
4 December: Day 2
09:00 - OSCE Troika meeting with the Asian Partners for Co-operation.