The Permanent Representation of Austria to the OSCE, led by the Permanent Representative Ambassador Clemens Koja, and the department in charge of OSCE affairs at the Austrian Foreign Ministry, headed by Ambassador Florian Raunig, will be responsible for carrying out Chairmanship activities.
The Permanent Representation of Austria to the OSCE is responsible for the political aspects of OSCE-related activities, including, for instance, consultations with the Permanent Representations of other participating States. Other tasks performed by the Permanent Representation of Austria include representing Austria in the numerous OSCE bodies, including at the weekly meetings of the Permanent Council or in the Forum for Security Cooperation.
The department in charge of OSCE affairs at the Austrian Foreign Ministry is responsible for representing Austria’s interests and positions within the OSCE. In order to facilitate the best possible implementation of the goals and tasks of the Austrian OSCE Chairmanship 2017, this department acts as a Task Force coordinating all matters related to the Austrian Chairmanship during this year. The Task Force is also entrusted with all matters related to communication with the foreign ministries of the other participating States of the OSCE.