Kristian Vigenin2Kristian 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.

In his home country, Vigenin served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2013-2014. He is currently a member of the Foreign Policy Committee and the European Affairs and Oversight of European Funds Committee in the Bulgarian parliament.

Within the OSCE PA he currently serves as Deputy Head of the Bulgarian Delegation. He was previously a member of the European Parliament and was elected as the first EP Chair of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly in 2011.

 

Mandate:

  • Follow the overall political situation in the region and seek to promote dialogue in all segments of society, in particular at the parliamentary level, in order to encourage reconciliation and rehabilitation with regard to the protracted conflicts in the region;

  • Consider ways in which confidence-building measures could be introduced in order to create more favorable conditions, conducive to the identification and implementation of political solutions based on the principles and values of OSCE commitments and international law;

  • Work closely with the OSCE, the OSCE Office in Yerevan, the Minsk Group, its Co-chairmanship and the Chairman-in-Office’s Personal Representative on the Conflict Dealt With by the Minsk Group, and follow the developments in the Geneva International Discussions;

  • Maintain close contacts within the Assembly and serve as a focal point for its work on the region;

  • Provide advice and report back to the President and the Assembly regularly.

 

 

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