Ilkka Kanerva (Finland)
In September 2016, President Christine Muttonen appointed Ilkka Kanerva of the OSCE PA's Finnish Delegation as Special Representative on Mediation. The appointment followed the adoption of a resolution at the 2016 Annual Session in Tbilisi, which underlined the “importance of mediation and dialogue facilitation in the peaceful settlement of disputes” and welcomed “the strengthening of the role of the OSCE PA in that regard.”
Kanerva, whose two terms as Assembly President came to a close at the Annual Session in Tbilisi, previously served as Finnish Foreign Minister and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office. In Finland, he has also served as Minister of Transport, Deputy Prime Minister, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, and Chair of the Parliamentary Defence Committee.
Benjamin Cardin (United States)
Benjamin Cardin was appointed the OSCE PA's Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism and Intolerance in March 2015.
He has served for more than a decade in the OSCE PA, holding the positions of Vice-President and Chairperson of the Committee on Economic Affairs, Science, Technology and Environment. He was also previously Deputy Head of the U.S. Delegation to the OSCE PA.
Cardin has been a Commissioner on the U.S. Helsinki Commission since 1993, serving as Chairman in the 111th Congress and the 113th Congress. He is also a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
Nikolay Kovalev (Russia)
In November 2013, President Ranko Krivokapic appointed Nikolay Kovalev of the Russian Delegation to the OSCE PA as Special Representative on Anti-Terrorism. The appointment was in line with a discussion at the 2013 Autumn Meeting in Budva, Montenegro, in which participants stressed the need for increased international co-operation to fight terrorism.
Kovalev has been a member of the State Duma since 1999. He is currently a member of the Committee on Security and Countering Corruption and the Security Budget Commission and serves as Chair of the Commission on Monitoring the Reliability of Information Provided by State Duma Deputies on their Income, Property and Liabilities. He was previously Chair of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
Ola Elvestuen (Norway)
President Ilkka Kanerva appointed Norwegian parliamentarian Ola Elvestuen in October 2015 to serve as the Assembly’s first Special Representative for Arctic Issues.
The position is intended to help focus and strengthen the Assembly’s work on security and co-operation in the Arctic while promoting co-operation between the PA and other international organizations at work in the region.
Hedy Fry (Canada)
Dr. Hedy Fry was appointed the OSCE PA’s Special Representative on Gender Issues by PA President Petros Efthymiou in October 2010. In his appointment letter, Efthymiou reiterated the importance that the Assembly attaches to gender equality, particularly within the OSCE and the Parliamentary Assembly.
As part of her mandate, Fry follows the gender situation within the OSCE, including in the Institutions and Field Missions, and report back to the President. She will also promote discussion of the gender issue within the OSCE and in particular the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, and develop, in co-operation with the Gender Unit at the International Secretariat, a more active gender profile of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
Christopher Smith (United States)
In order to facilitate the involvement of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in the international debate and action on trafficking issues, President Bruce George appointed then-Head of the U.S. Delegation to the OSCE PA, Congressman Christopher Smith, as his Special Representative on Human Trafficking Issues in February 2004. Every subsequent president has reappointed Smith, who is the author of the United States’ landmark Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and its 2003 and 2005 reauthorizations. He is also the author of a major new child trafficking prevention law, the International Megan’s Law to Prevent Child Exploitation and Other Sexual Crimes Through Advanced Notification of Traveling Sex Offenders, which became U.S. law in 2016.
Smith currently serves as the Chair of the U.S. Helsinki Commission and the Co-Chair of the Congressional Human Trafficking Caucus. He is a senior member on the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee and is Chair of its Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations Subcommittee.
Michel Voisin (France)
President Ilkka Kanerva appointed French parliamentarian Michel Voisin in January 2016 to serve as the Assembly’s Special Representative on Mediterranean Affairs.
Voisin currently serves as Head of his national delegation to the PA and has been a member of the Assembly for more than a decade.
He also held the position of Special Representative on the Mediterranean in the early 2000s, helping to establish the PA Mediterranean Forum. Voisin has also served as Special Representative for Afghanistan.
Ignacio Sanchez Amor (Spain)
Ignacio Sanchez Amor was appointed Special Representative on OSCE Border Issues in December 2012 by President Riccardo Migliori.
Sanchez Amor is a member of the Spanish Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee and serves as Head of the Spanish Delegation to the OSCE PA.
Sanchez Amor was previously vice president of the Association of European Border Regions. He also held a seat in the regional Assembly of Extremadura and served as Deputy President of the government of the region, which is on the Spain-Portugal border.
Kristian Vigenin (Bulgaria)
President Ilkka Kanerva appointed Bulgarian parliamentarian Kristian Vigenin in February 2016 to serve as the Assembly’s Special Representative on the South Caucasus.
The position will focus the Assembly’s efforts to promote reconciliation and the implementation of OSCE commitments in the region, support confidence-building measures, and create a focal point for contact between the PA and OSCE executive structures within or at work on the region.
Roberto Battelli (Slovenia)
Roberto Battelli has served as the OSCE PA's Special Representative on South East Europe since 2006. He has observed more than 20 elections across the OSCE area and has served as head of the OSCE PA Delegation and as Special Co-ordinator of the OSCE short-term observers in Montenegro, Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Battelli has been a member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia since 1990, where he is a member of the parliamentary expert group that was responsible for drafting the country's constitution.
Christine Muttonen (Austria)
Austrian parliamentarian Christine Muttonen was appointed as the Assembly's Special Representative for Central and Eastern Asia in January 2016 by then-President Ilkka Kanerva (MP, Finland), and continues to serve in this capacity in her current position as OSCE PA President.
A long-serving member of her national parliament, Muttonen was named the Chairperson of its Central Asia and Mongolia Friendship Group in late 2015. She currently also serves as Deputy Head of the Austrian Delegation to the Assembly.