More than 200 parliamentarians met from 24-25 February 2005 in the OSCE premises in Vienna for the fourth Annual OSCE PA Winter Meeting. The Winter Meeting consisted of two Joint Sessions as well as separate meetings of the three General Committees. On the first day, parliamentarians heard welcoming remarks by OSCE PA President Alcee L. Hastings, followed by addresses by the President of the Republic of Austria, Dr. Heinz Fischer and the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Slovenian Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel, who took questions from the floor.

On 19 and 20 February 2004, more than 250 parliamentarians from 50 OSCE participating States met in the OSCE premises in Vienna to discuss current international developments and to be briefed by senior representatives of the OSCE Governmental side. The Winter Meeting was also attended by OSCE diplomats and officials from Europe, North America and Central Asia, as well as observers from partner states in North Africa and Asia.

2003-WM-DeHoopSchefferThe second annual Winter Meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly was held in Vienna on 20-21 February 2003. The Meeting was attended by some 250 parliamentarians as well as many OSCE diplomats and officials from around Europe, North America and Central Asia, and observers from North Africa and Asia.

The parliamentarians were addressed by the President of Austria, Dr. Thomas Klestil, as well as the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Dutch Foreign Minister Jaap De Hoop Scheffer. Addressing the gathered parliamentarians, Minister Scheffer stressed that "Your wisdom and insight are needed on many levels. If there is nothing that can replace experience, there is certainly nothing that can replace parliamentary experience. In many OSCE regions a reinforcement of democratic structures and institutions is urgently needed. That is something that cannot be achieved through government alone. It requires parliamentary action as well."

On 21 and 22 February 2002, more than 230 parliamentarians from 50 OSCE participating States met in the OSCE premises in Vienna to discuss current international developments and to be briefed by senior representatives of the OSCE Governmental side. The Winter Meeting also served as an opportunity for parliamentarians to hear presentations by the three General Committee Rapporteurs, Mr. Theo van den Doel, Mrs. Barbara Haering and Mr. Svend Robinson and to discuss their draft reports on the role of the OSCE in the fight against terrorism, which is the theme of the upcoming OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Annual Session in July.