2015   Belgrade compositeParticipants at the Belgrade seminar included:Top (left to right): OSCE PA Secretary General Spencer Oliver, President Ilkka Kanerva, Serbian Delegation Head Dijana Vukomanovic, BFPE President Sonja Licht
Bottom (left to right): Serbian Ambassador Dejan Sahovic, OSCE PA human rights committee Rapporteur Gordana Comic

The OSCE needs a strengthened presence on the ground, closer co-operation with civil society and a rededication to human rights commitments to help realize its goal of achieving comprehensive security, participants said at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Helsinki +40 seminar in Belgrade.

OSCE PA President Ilkka Kanerva (MP, Finland) joined other leading parliamentarians, representatives of the Serbian OSCE Chairmanship, think-tank experts, civil society actors and academics for the two-day event, which was hosted by the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in co-operation with the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence (BFPE).

The seminar followed events in Moscow, Washington, Stockholm and Copenhagen as part of the OSCE PA's Helsinki +40 Project, which aims to evaluate the OSCE's past and inspire reform on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of its founding document, the Helsinki Final Act of 1975.

Following the seminar, participants took part in a debate with students at Belgrade University on the theme "The future of the OSCE: lessons learned from the OSCE's engagement in Ukraine."