RESOLUTION ON ENHANCING TRUST, TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY WITHIN THE OSCE INSTITUTIONS

    1. Considering that frequent contact and thorough dialogue between parliamentarians of the OSCE Participating States are essential to strengthen and propagate the Helsinki ideals and commitments throughout the OSCE area,
    2. Considering that enhancing trust between OSCE participating States also requires increased parliamentary dialogue within the OSCE area and more parliamentary oversight of OSCE institutions, policies, practices and achievements in order to increase their transparency and accountability,
    3. Recalling that the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly is the natural forum for interparliamentary dialogue on OSCE issues, policies and practices within the OSCE area,
    4. Regretting that the current status of the OSCE PA does not allow it to approve the budget and the appointment of the Secretary General of the OSCE, nor to formally oversee its Secretariat and its field presences,
    5. Observing that the current status of the OSCE PA results in a democratic deficit within OSCE institutions,
    6. Recognizing that the consensus rule concerning the budget, personnel and general administrative issues often paralyzes or handicaps the smooth functioning of the OSCE and reduces its transparency,

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly:

    1. Proposes that, after appropriate consultations, the OSCE PA should approve the budget and confirm the Secretary General of the OSCE by a weighted majority vote;
    2. Recommends that the OSCE PA should approve the annual accounts of the OSCE institutions;
    3. Calls on the Standing Committee of the OSCE PA to hire and pay the external auditor of the OSCE institutions;
    4. Proposes that the OSCE PA should be formally entitled to oversee all OSCE institutions, policies and practices, which implies, inter alia, that the OSCE PA can organize fact finding missions;
    5. Encourages the OSCE PA to, in particular, increase its oversight of OSCE field presences, in order to strengthen them;
    6. Recommends, generally speaking, that the OSCE PA be closely associated to OSCE decision-shaping and decision-making processes to provide the decision making bodies and the Secretariat with a larger variety of inputs, and to enhance its members' capacities to report about OSCE issues and policies in their national Parliaments;
    7. Recommends in this regard that the OSCE PA actively participates in the Helsinki + 40 process launched under the Ukrainian Presidency;
    8. Encourages the OSCE PA to increase its dialogue and co-operation with the PA of the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and the NATO PA on topics of common interest, especially in the economic and environmental dimensions, human rights and election observations in the OSCE area;
    9. Strongly reiterates its proposal to the Ministerial Council to modify the consensus rule for decisions related to personnel, budget and administration, and indeed repeats that, if a participating State wishes to block or hold up consensus, it should do so openly and defend its position in public;
    10. Further calls on the OSCE to make the proceedings of the Permanent Council more transparent to the public, including through live-streaming on the Internet.