Peter BownessLord Peter Bowness was elected Vice-President of the OSCE PA at the Helsinki Annual Session in 2015.

As a member of the House of Lords, he serves on the European Union Energy and Environment Sub-Committee and has been a member of the European Union Select Committee, among other assignments. He was the former Chairman of the House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development Policy and the former Chairman of the EU Sub-Committee on Justice and Institutions. Lord Bowness has also served on the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights and was one of the UK Parliamentary Representatives for the Convention responsible for drafting the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Lord Bowness has been a member of the British Delegation to the OSCE PA since 2007. He serves as Chair of the OSCE PA’s Sub-Committee on the Rules of Procedure and also chairs the committee that prepares the Assembly’s Declarations at the conclusion of each Annual Session. His term as Vice-President expires in 2018.