The First General Committee focuses on the politico-military aspects of security, principles guiding relations among participating States, as well as military confidence-building measures.

lombardiFilippo Lombardi (Switzerland) was elected as the Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Committee on Political Affairs and Security at the 2017 Annual Session in Minsk.

He joined the Swiss Council of States in 1999 and is a member of the Christian Democrat Group representing the canton of Ticino. He served as President of the Council of States from 2012 to 2013.

Within the Council of States he is a member of the Drafting Committee and Political Institutions Committee; he serves as President of the Delegation to Maintain Relations with the Italian Parliament and as President of the Drafting Committee for Italian; he is also Vice-President of the Foreign Affairs Committee as well as Vice-President of the Delegation to the Council of Europe. He is a member of the Delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

He was appointed as Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Migration following its inception in 2016. He is also the Head of Switzerland’s delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. 

Guglielmo Picchi (Italy) was elected Vice-Chair of the General Committee on PoliticaGuglielmo Picchil Affairs and Security at the 25th Annual Session in Tbilisi, and was re-elected at the 26th Annual Session in Minsk. He has served in the Italian Parliament since 2006 and has been on the Italian Delegation to the OSCE PA since 2008. He previously has worked in investment banking and served on the City Council of Florence from 1995 to 1999.

An experienced election observer, he served as Head of the OSCE PA's election observation mission to the parliamentary elections in Georgia in October 2016, and as Special Co-ordinator of the OSCE short-term observer mission to the Mongolian presidential election in June 2017. He also serves as Vice-Chair of the OSCE PA’s Ad Hoc Committee on Migration.

Kristian Vigenin2Kristian Vigenin (Bulgaria) was elected to the position of Rapporteur for the General Committee on Political Affairs and Security at the 2017 Annual Session in Minsk.

In Bulgaria, Vigenin was Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2013-2014. Vigenin has served as a member of the Foreign Policy Committee and the European Affairs and Oversight of European Funds Committee in the National Assembly of Bulgaria. He was previously a member of the European Parliament and was elected as the first EP Chair of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly in 2011.

He has served since February 2016 as the Assembly’s Special Representative on the South Caucasus. He also serves as Deputy Head of the Bulgarian Delegation to the OSCE PA.