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April 2017 

Austrian OSCE Chairmanship 2017  ‘Objectives’

From January 2017 to  2018 Austria holds Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in its Permanent Council in Vienna, the Capital of the World’s International Organizations.

The overall objectives of the Austrian OSCE  Chairmanship 2017  has been conceptualized on the three main decisive action plans: 

  • Defusing existing conflicts; 
  • Intensifying the joint fight against radicalization and violet extremism;  
  • Fostering the re-establishment of trust.

“The success of our joint work has a direct impact on security and stability for people in the OSCE area.  Austria sees itself in its traditional role as a bridge builder and a place of dialogue in times when distrust and instability resurge,” Elaborated Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz © MFA of Austria 

Special:  Interview of OSCE Chairperson-in-Office 2017, Foreign Affairs Minister Sebastian Kurz.




December 2016 

Austria OSCE Chairmanship 2017

Austria OSCE Chairmanship of 2017  stands on:                                                                                                                                                                     Implementing  Decisive  Action  and Cooperation

    December 9, 2016 © Austrian MFA

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December 2016

Austria assumes the Chairmanship of OSCE 2017

Austria assumed the OSCE Chairmanship of 2017  from Germany at the OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting in Hamburg on December 9th. 






OSCE Chairperson-in-Office German  Foreign Minister Dr. Steinmeier with Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz of Austria. Hamburg OSCE Ministerial meeting December 9, 2016 © Austrian MFA

“If we want security, we need to contribute by building bridges between East and West. We look forward to the honour of assuming the Chairmanship and to good cooperation”  Elaborated Foreign Minister Kurz in his speech. 

Minister Kurz also met and had bilateral discussions with OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Minister Dr. Steinmeier, with High Representatives from United States, France, Russia and most Foreign Ministers of OSEC members. 

Message of U.S Mission to OSCE to Minister Kurz of Austria:

“Minister Kurz, the United States welcomes you to the Permanent Council, and offers its sincere thanks to Austria for taking on the Chairmanship of the OSCE in 2017.”  July 2016 © US Mission to OSCE  

Reference: The  first address to OSCE Permanent Council, incoming Chairperson-in-Office Austria’s Foreign Minister Kurz.  Vienna July 2016 

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July 2016

The Leadership of Austria in Europe-1

Doorstep statement  on Turkey/the e failed Coup and Brexit, by Minister for Foreign Affairs Sebastian KURZ of Austria, at his arrival at the Foreign Affairs Council  in Brussels.  July 18, 2016 European Union/European Council






July 2016

The Austrian Vital Role in the Western Balkans

The third Western Balkans Summit was held in Paris on July 4th,  as the following steps of Western Balkans Summit in Berlin-2014 and Vienna-2015.

The Western Balkans is a Region in our immediate vicinity  with which we have very close inter-personal, cultural, economic and political ties. Improvement in local quality of life as well as enhancing Stability, Safety, Security and Prosperity in the Western Balkans are thus in our most fundamental interest.” elaborated Minister for Foreign Affairs Sebastian Kurz  July 4, 2016 © Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs

Additional references: Western Balkans Summit Paris 2016 

Western Balkans Summit Vienna 2015
Western Balkans Summit Berlin 2014
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October 2015

Secretary Kerry Shakes Hands With Austrian Foreign Minister Kurz 2015Secretary Kerry with Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz. Vienna, 29 October 2015 © Department of State

Secretary Kerry met with Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz to discuss various issues including Syria.





September 2015

Austria and Poland continue intensive cultural cooperation



Austria and its Leadership in the World





The United States of America and Austria

The message from U.S Department of States on the occasion of Austrian National Day, 26 October 2015

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The United States Diplomatic Mission in Austria

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