OSCE PA's 2021 Remote Session

The Assembly is preparing to meet in a hybrid online/physical format during the first week of July. Due to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, the planned meeting in Bucharest had to be cancelled, and a decision was taken to hold a Remote Session.

The Remote Session will consist of virtual meetings of the three general committees on 30 June, 1 July and 2 July; an in-person Standing Committee meeting in Vienna on 5 July; and a hybrid plenary session on 6 July. The plenary will consist of addresses by OSCE PA President Peter Lord Bowness (United Kingdom) and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Ann Linde, as well as consideration of Urgency Items, review of OSCE PA activities, open debate, and announcement of election results for OSCE Parliamentary Assembly officers.

The Standing Committee meeting will be the first physical meeting of the Assembly since the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year, and will be comprised of Heads of Delegations, Bureau members, and Special Representatives. The general committee meetings will focus primarily on the consideration of the reports prepared by the committee rapporteurs dealing with topical issues related to OSCE values and commitments.

The decision to organize a virtual meeting was taken by the OSCE PA Bureau on 19 April 2021. Due to the limitations posed by the inability to hold a traditional meeting, the agenda was limited to reports, topical debates, election of officers, administrative issues, and questions of urgency.

Further information will be communicated by the International Secretariat when available. 

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