Special Representative for Parliamentary Dialogue on Ukraine

AUSTRIA LOPATKA ReinholdPhotoOSCE PA President Margareta Cederfelt appointed Vice-President Reinhold Lopatka as the Assembly’s Special Representative for Parliamentary Dialogue on Ukraine in May 2022. The appointment was announced on 11 May at an OSCE PA webinar devoted to the Russian war in Ukraine, at which President Cederfelt emphasized that it is important to use all available tools in bringing the war to an end, including parliamentary diplomacy.

Lopatka, a member of the Austrian parliament since 2003, was elected Vice-President of the Assembly at the OSCE PA Remote Session in July 2021 and serves as Deputy Head of the Austrian Delegation. He is also Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Ad Hoc Committee on Countering Terrorism and previously served as the Assembly’s Special Representative on Central Asia.

In parliament, he serves as Chair of the European Affairs Committee, Deputy Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Chair of the Parliamentarian Friendship Group Austria-Australia, and Head of the Austrian Delegations to PACE, COSAC, IPU and NATO PA. He was Chair of the Parliamentary Group of the Austrian People’s Party from 2013 to 2017. He has also served as State Secretary in the Austrian Foreign Ministry.

As OSCE PA Special Representative for Parliamentary Dialogue on Ukraine, Lopatka is tasked with the following mandate.

MANDATE

  • Take necessary initiatives to assist the Russian Federation and Ukraine to engage in parliamentary dialogue, as appropriate
  • Co-ordinate closely with the OSCE Chairmanship and executive structures, as well as other international actors, on the promotion of coherent actions on dialogue facilitation between the Russian Federation and Ukraine
  • Report to the Standing Committee and raise awareness on developments in Ukraine and provide recommendations for the work of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly
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