The OSCE Project Co-ordinator is the second OSCE field operation to have been established in Ukraine. It was preceded by the OSCE Mission to Ukraine, which began its work on 24 November 1994.
The first OSCE Mission was headquartered in Kyiv with a branch office in Simferopol. Its tasks included conflict prevention and crisis management in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. After the successful completion of its mandate, the OSCE Mission to Ukraine ceased to function in 1999. The same year, the OSCE and the Government of Ukraine agreed to establish a new form of co-operation.
According to the Permanent Council Decision No.295 of 1 June 1999, an OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine was established for the purpose of carrying out tasks related to the new form of co-operation between Ukraine and the OSCE. This co-operation consists of the planning, implementation and monitoring of projects between relevant authorities of Ukraine and the OSCE and its institutions. Such projects may cover all aspects of OSCE activities and may involve governmental as well as non-governmental bodies of Ukraine.Further information on mandates, staffing levels and budgets can be found in the annual Survey of OSCE Field Operations.