WinterMeetingSlideThe 18th Winter Meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will be held 21-22 February 2019 at the Hofburg Congress Centre in Vienna. Taking place at the headquarters of the OSCE, the Winter Meeting provides an opportunity for OSCE parliamentarians to hold discussions on timely issues, to be briefed by high-level OSCE officials, and to meet with representatives of the OSCE’s governmental side.

The 2019 Winter Meeting will consist of meetings of the Standing Committee, each General Committee, and joint sessions of the three General Committees.

General information, including a registration form and a draft programme, is available below.

Members of the media can register here. Press inquiries may directed to OSCE PA Head of Communications and Press Nat Parry: or +45 60 10 81 77

Standing CommitteePhotos from the 2018 Winter Meeting are available on the OSCE PA's Flickr page. For a video playlist, please click here.

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly gathered for its 17th Winter Meeting on 22-23 February in the Hofburg Congress Center in Vienna. Some 240 parliamentarians from 53 countries participated in the Winter Meeting, which consisted of meetings of the Assembly’s Standing Committee and the General Committees, and included two joint sessions of the General Committees. 

In the first joint session, parliamentarians heard speeches by OSCE PA President George Tsereteli, Italy’s Undersecretary of State of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Vincenzo Amendola, and OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger.

President Tsereteli focused his opening remarks on the potential for reviving the spirit of détente and dialogue that led to the founding of the OSCE in 1975. In his remarks, Undersecretary Amendola, representing the Italian Chairmanship-in-Office of the OSCE, said that the main challenge for the OSCE remains finding a solution to the crisis in and around Ukraine, and that Italy also confirms its commitment to find a solution to all protracted conflicts, in Transdniestria, Georgia and Nagorno-Karabakh.

2017 WM Standing CommitteeThe OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's 16th Winter Meeting took place at the Hofburg Congress Centre in Vienna on 23-24 February 2017.

Photos from the two-day meeting are on the OSCE PA’s Flickr page. Videos are available on YouTube.

Opening the meeting, President of the National Council of Austria Doris Bures and OSCE PA President Christine Muttonen spoke about the work being conducted in Austria to advance OSCE commitments and values in addressing common challenges. In her remarks, Bures noted that “isolation and nationalism” are “not a path to a peaceful and secure future.”

“In the interests of our citizens, we must travel the more difficult but better road. Through dialogue and co-operation, we must seek solutions that embrace the ideals of our community: peace, security, prosperity and the guarantee of democratic values in the OSCE area on both sides of the Atlantic,” Bures said.

WM 2016 plenaryMore than 250 parliamentarians from across the OSCE’s 57 participating States and Partners for Co-operation, including several speakers of parliament, participated in the Parliamentary Assembly's 15th Winter Meeting at the Hofburg Congress Centre in Vienna on 25-26 February 2016.

The refugee and migrant crisis in Europe and efforts to strengthen the collective response was the central theme of parliamentary debate and keynote presentations. The leadership of the Assembly’s Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions presented a special report on the topic. The meeting featured a special debate on this theme, including interventions by dozens of parliamentarians, as well as a keynote address by Christos Stylianides, the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management.

2015 WM Kanerva speakingNearly 250 parliamentarians from more than 50 OSCE participating States gathered on 18-20 February 2015 at the Hofburg Congress Centre in Vienna for the Assembly's 14th Winter Meeting. OSCE PA Vice-President Christine Muttonen (MP, Austria) opened the meeting with a welcome on behalf of the Austrian parliament to the Parliamentary Assembly.

In his opening remarks, Assembly President Ilkka Kanerva (MP, Finland) stressed that the internationally brokered plan to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine must not be derailed, noting that the escalation of violence preceding the agreement and the loss of civilian lives has been unacceptable.

2014-WM-Plenary HallNearly 250 parliamentarians from 55 OSCE participating States and four Partner for Co-operation countries participated in the 2014 Winter Meeting, held at the Hofburg Congress Centre in Vienna on 13-14 February 2014. The two-day meeting concluded with a special debate on "The Current Situation in Ukraine," which featured the active participation of nearly 30 parliamentarians, including several Ukrainian Members of Parliament from the Communist Party, Batkivshchyna, Party of Regions and UDAR.

Parliamentarians spent much of the debate discussing the role that the international community, including the OSCE and its Parliamentary Assembly, should play in efforts to resolve the impasse in Ukraine. Delegations offered a variety of opinions, with some warning that outside interference threatens to undermine Ukraine's democratic structures and could serve to foment a "new Cold War" in the OSCE area.