Special Representative on Eastern Europe


Daniela De Ridder was appointed Special Representative on Eastern Europe in December 2020.

Dr. De Ridder has been a Member of the German Bundestag for the constituency of Mittelems (Constituency 31 – Grafschaft Bentheim / southern and central Emsland) since 2013.

A Vice-President of the OSCE PA, she is also a member of the OSCE PA's Ad Hoc Committee on Migration and in the Bundestag serves as Deputy Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Deputy chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Civilian Crisis Prevention, Conflict Management and Integrated Action. She is primary rapporteur for Benelux, international research and education policy, civilian crisis prevention, foreign economic policy and arms export policy and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.

Dr. De Ridder is also secondary rapporteur for the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Maghreb countries, the Middle East, transatlantic relations (US, Canada), West and Central Africa, France, Switzerland, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as for international resource, environmental and climate policy.

She previously was a Member of the Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment (2013-2018). 


  • Promote dialogue in all segments of society, in particular at the parliamentary level, in order to lend the Parliamentary Assembly’s contribution in the spheres of parliamentary diplomacy, confidence building, reconciliation and dialogue facilitation;
  • Liaise and co-ordinate with other OSCE and OSCE PA structures as well as other relevant domestic and international actors on regional issues, particularly in relation to Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova;
  • Advise the President on the situation in the region and potential actions by the PA, and undertake country visits as deemed necessary.


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