The OSCE Mission to Serbia plans and implements its activities in close co-operation with local authorities and international partners, such as the Council of Europe, the European Commission's Delegation to Serbia and various UN agencies. The Mission maintains extensive contacts with international and regional non-governmental organizations and initiatives, especially those promoting institutional reform, the rule of law and reconciliation.
Council of Europe (CoE)
The Mission organizes regular exchanges of information with the CoE, as well as briefings, joint assessment visits and other common projects. For example, the CoE and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights prepared joint recommendations on Serbian electoral legislation.
Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia
The EU Delegation to Serbia supports further progress and reforms needed to conclude a stabilisation and association agreement that will give new momentum to the EU accession process. The European Commission and its Delegation in Belgrade are working every day to accompany and support this development and the necessary reforms, as identified in the European Partnership, through the European Community's Assistance instruments.
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
The UNHCR leads and co-ordinates international efforts to protect refugees and resolve refugee issues. The Mission and UNHCR work together on alleviating the situation of refugees and internationally displaced persons, especially vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, such as Roma, Ashkalia and Egyptians.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
The UNDP operates through a country office in Belgrade and a project office in Vranje, southern Serbia, which work on issues such as democratic governance, poverty reduction, crisis prevention and recovery, and energy and environment. The OSCE Mission to Serbia maintains close links with the UNDP's South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC) on small arms issues.
The Mission often develops and implements its projects in co-operation with OSCE participating States. Norway, the Netherlands, the European Union (through the European Agency for Reconstruction), Canada (through CIDA), the United Kingdom and the United States have been the biggest contributors to the Mission's extra-budgetary projects. The Mission's co-operation with Norway in the area of police reform has brought about significant changes on the ground.
Co-operation with other institutions
The Mission's departments work in close co-operation with major UN agencies and programmes such as the World Bank, as well as NATO and the European Union Monitoring Mission in south Serbia. The Mission also liaises with a number of states that are interested in promoting reform and development in Serbia.
Reaching out to young people is considered a vital part of the Mission's communication policy. It has therefore increased its contacts with universities and other institutions thanks to regular presentations on OSCE themes. Activities such as distributing textbooks in Serbian schools reach out to even the youngest students. The Mission also has an internship programme for both citizens and foreign residents.