Special Representative on Central Asia

Torill EidsheimREINHOLD LOPATKA (AUSTRIA)

Reinhold Lopatka, Deputy Head of the Austrian Delegation to the OSCE PA and Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Countering Terrorism, was appointed Special Representative on Central Asia in December 2020.

Reinhold Lopatka has been a member of Parliament since 2003. He is Chairman of the European Affairs Committee, Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the Parliamentarian Friendship Group Austria-Australia, and Head of the Austrian Delegations to PACE, COSAC, IPU and NATO PA.

He was Chairman of the Parliamentary Group of the Austrian People’s Party from 2013 to 2017.

He was previously a Member of the Task Force on Subsidiarity, Proportionality and "Doing Less More Efficiently” of the European Union State Secretary at the Federal Chancellery (2007-2008), State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance (2008-2012) and at the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs (2012-2013), and Secretary General of the Austrian Peoples Party (2003-2007).

MANDATE

  • Encourage active participation by parliamentarians from Central Asian OSCE participating States (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) and Mongolia in the work of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly to strengthen parliamentarism in the region;
  • Liaise with and support the work of the OSCE field presences in the region, as well as relevant OSCE institutions, international and regional organizations and diplomatic missions;
  • Encourage closer contacts between the parliaments in the region to promote greater intra-regional co-operation in all three OSCE dimensions;
  • Report to the President of the Assembly on developments in the region, including opportunities for enhanced parliamentary dialogue and further inter-parliamentary co-operation among the Central Asian OSCE participating States and Mongolia.

 

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