SG Montella HelsinkiAS 2015Roberto Montella of Italy assumed his duties as Secretary General on 1 January 2016 following his election at the 2015 OSCE PA Annual Session in Helsinki.

He previously served as Director of Presidential Administration within the Assembly’s Secretariat.

Montella has held positions at OSCE field missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Serbia and Montenegro, fulfilling a range of advisory, peace-building and management functions. He also served as Head of the OSCE South Serbia Regional Office and Head of the European Center for Minority Issues in Kosovo.

Montella has taken part in dozens of election observation missions in the OSCE area and the Middle East, including as Co-ordinator of Long Term Election Observers for The Carter Center. He has served as political advisor to an Italian senator and PACE Vice-President, among other advisory roles. He also holds campaign-related and corporate experience.

In addition to his native Italian and French, Montella is fluent in English and Serbian.

The Secretary General holds general responsibility for managing the affairs of the Assembly; ensuring the efficiency of the Secretariat and overseeing its Copenhagen and Vienna offices; and carrying out the decisions of the Bureau, the Standing Committee and the Assembly. He reports to the President, the Bureau and the Standing Committee at the Assembly’s Annual Sessions and in other meetings. In addition: Roberto Montella:

  • Appoints and directs the staff of the Secretariat and works with the Treasurer to prepare and administer the budget of the Assembly;
  • Holds responsibility for the management of the Assembly's financial resources;
  • Represents the Assembly at various official meetings of the OSCE and other meetings and functions as appropriate;
  • Maintains regular contact with members of the Bureau, Heads and Secretaries of Delegations, and officials from other OSCE Institutions;
  • Communicates on a regular basis with the Secretaries General of other interparliamentary bodies.
Montella's reports to the Assembly's Standing Committee are available in PDF format to the right. Videos of these presentations, as well as other selected speeches and interviews with media outlets, are below.

 Report of OSCE PA Secretary General Roberto Montella to the 
Standing Committee, Vienna Winter Meeting, 22 February 2018

 Report of OSCE PA Secretary General Roberto Montella to the 
Standing Committee, Andorra Autumn Meeting, 4 October 2017

  Report and comments of OSCE PA Secretary General Roberto Montella 
at the closing plenary session, Minsk Annual Session, 9 July 2017

 
 Report of OSCE PA Secretary General Roberto Montella
to the 
Standing Committee, Minsk Annual Session, 5 July 2017
 


Report of OSCE PA Secretary General Roberto Montella to the Standing Committee,
Winter Meeting 23 February 2017

Report of OSCE PA Secretary General Roberto Montella to the
Standing Committee, Skopje 1 October 2016

Interview of OSCE PA Secretary General Roberto Montella with TRT World
regarding PA visit to Turkey, 19 August 2016

Report of OSCE PA Secretary General Roberto Montella
to the plenary, Tbilisi 5 July 2016

Interview with OSCE PA Secretary General Roberto Montella, Tbilisi 1 July 2016

Report of OSCE PA Secretary General Roberto Montella to
the Standing Committee, Tbilisi 1 July 2016

Roberto Montella speaks at “Religions against Terrorism” conference,
Astana 31 May 2016

Secretary General Roberto Montella delivers final statement
at “Religions against Terrorism” conference in Astana, 31 May 2016

Secretary General Roberto Montella addresses Italian parliamentarians and senior governmental officials at the Italian Senate for a debate on “Migration and Security: a Difficult Balance"

Roberto Montella addresses the Standing Committee
at the 2016 Winter Meeting, Vienna, 25 February 2016

 Roberto Montella is interviewed on Georgian television on the sidelines of the 
2016 Winter Meeting about the upcoming Annual Session, Vienna, 26 February 2016

Roberto Montella and Georgian Parliament Speaker David Usupashvili sign
agreement on Georgia’s hosting the Assembly’s 2016 Annual Session,
 Tbilisi, 27 January 2016

Roberto Montella addresses the OSCE PA Standing Committee at the 2015 Annual
Session ahead of his election as Secretary General, Helsinki, 5 July 2015

Roberto Montella is interviewed on "Globus" (Studio B) by Dejana Videnovic, 
Belgrade, 16 December 2015