1998 AS Copenhagen bigThe Seventh Annual Session, held in Copenhagen 7-10 July 1998, focused on structures and institutions of the OSCE. The Assembly adopted the Copenhagen Declaration recognizing that, in order to meet the challenge of implementing OSCE principles and commitments with greater effectiveness, a refinement of existing OSCE tools and resources should be pursued.

The Assembly also continued to call for revision of OSCE decision-making procedures and urged the OSCE Ministerial Council to “consider expanding those circumstances under which the existing consensus-minus-one decision-making mechanism is utilized to include, inter alia, approval of budgets, deployment of missions and selection of senior personnel”.

A Supplementary Resolution on Kosovo appealed to all parties in the Kosovo conflict to return to the principles of non-violence, and denounced the policies of the Government of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) for its military aggression against the Albanian population of Kosovo. The 1998 Annual Assembly also adopted a Resolution on the Economic Charter, expressing an awareness of the importance of economic, social and ecological factors for security and co-operation in Europe.

Regarding the dialogue with the governmental side of the OSCE, the Assembly called on the Chairman-in-Office to send to the Assembly, at least two months before its Annual Session, a report consisting of a political and financial evaluation of the activities of the OSCE in the last twelve months and a general plan of priority activities of the OSCE in the next twelve months. On election monitoring, the Copenhagen Declaration recommended that parliamentary institutions intensify their co-operation and that an appropriate division of labour be developed between the parliamentary and governmental institutions, including separation of responsibilities between assistance with the organization of elections and judgment of the quality and fairness of those elections. Finally, the Copenhagen Declaration urged the OSCE to implement gender mainstreaming in all its activities.