Countering Terrorism

The Parliamentary Assembly works to advance counter-terrorism efforts through field visits, participation in international fora, and exchanging best practices. In July 2017, the Assembly established the OSCE PA’s Ad Hoc Committee on Countering Terrorism, which was tasked with promoting inter-parliamentary dialogue on issues related to countering terrorism. 

CCT FactsheetWith a focus on cross-dimensional aspects of security – incorporating the political-military, economic and environmental, and the human dimensions – the PA has sought to support OSCE participating States’ efforts to develop effective and human rights-compliant responses to violent extremism, adopting over the years some 20 resolutions dealing with the issue. 

See below for videos, speeches, documents, and press releases highlighting the OSCE PA's conter-terrorism work. Take a look at our PDF factsheet detailing the composition and mandate of the Ad Hoc Committee on Countering Terrorism. 

Resolutions and Publications

Official visits

Reports, speeches and other events

Videos

Former Chair Makis Voridis discusses the OSCE PA's counter-terrorism work in Marrakech on 4 October 2019:

Former Chair Abid Qayyum Raja discusses the work of the CCT in Luxembourg on 7 July 2019:

Former Chair Makis Voridis (Greece) speaks about the role of parliamentarians in counter-terrorism efforts at the OSCE PA's Annual Session in Berlin on 8 July 2018:

 Makis Voridis's video address to the UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee on 2 July 2019:

 


AD HOC COMMITTEE ON COUNTERING TERRORISM

The Ad Hoc Committee on Countering Terrorism was established by the OSCE PA's Standing Committee on 5 July 2017 at the 26th Annual Session in Minsk. In consultation with relevant partners, the Ad Hoc Committee assesses terrorism trends in the OSCE region to identify priority areas of engagement for the OSCE PA, aiming to advance the OSCE PA’s efforts in the field of countering terrorism. 

Click here for a PDF factsheet detailing the work of the Ad Hoc Committee on Countering Terrorism. 

Mandate:

  • Advance OSCE PA’s efforts in the field of countering terrorism with a special emphasis on cross-dimensional issues, explore innovative approaches in the OSCE region and report back to the President and the Standing Committee;
  • Consider terrorism trends in the OSCE region and develop forward-looking policy recommendations aimed at enhancing the role of the OSCE and supporting participating States' efforts to develop effective and human rights-compliant counter-terrorism responses;
  • Promote inter-parliamentary dialogue and the exchange of best practices and lessons learned on issues related to countering terrorism;
  • Work closely with the OSCE executive structures and with relevant external partners on issues related to countering terrorism to improve the visibility and impact of the OSCE's action;
  • Promote the follow-up to OSCE PA recommendations in the field of countering terrorism.


The Ad Hoc Committee currently consists of the following members. 

Members:

  • Reinhold Lopatka (Austria), Chair
  • Aude Bono-Vandorme (France), Vice-Chair
  • Richard Hudson (United States), Vice-Chair
  • Kamil Aydin (Turkey)
  • Paolo Grimoldi (Italy)
  • Teresa Jiménez-Becerril (Spain)
  • Branimir Jovanovic (Serbia)
  • Pia Kauma (Finland)
  • Nikolai Ryzhak (Russian Federation)
  • Georgios Stylios (Greece)
  • Guy Teissier (France)
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