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Kent HarstedtKent Harstedt (Sweden)

Kent Harstedt was appointed Special Representative for Eastern Europe in September 2017. Harstedt is a former Vice-President of the OSCE PA and chairs the OSCE PA’s Ad Hoc Working Group on Belarus. As Special Representative for Eastern Europe, Harstedt is tasked with promoting dialogue in the region, with a focus on confidence building, reconciliation and dialogue facilitation.

In the Swedish Parliament (Riksdag), he has served on the Committee on Defence, the Committee on Health and Welfare, the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence, and the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs. His mandate as Special Representative for Eastern Europe includes the following points.



  • Act as the primary point of contact within the OSCE PA on regional issues pertinent to Eastern Europe.
  • Follow political and other developments and trends in the region. Promote dialogue in all segments of society, in particular at the parliamentary level, in order to lend the Parliamentary Assembly's contribution in the spheres of parliamentary diplomacy, confidence building, reconciliation and dialogue facilitation.
  • Liaise and coordinate with other OSCE and OSCE PA structures as well as other relevant domestic and international actors on regional issues, particularly in relation to Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova.
  • Advise the President on the situation in the region and potential actions by the PA.
    Undertake country visits as deemed necessary.
  • Report to the President on all activities in a timely manner and to present a report to the Assembly and its Standing Committee as required.