Poland to chair OSCE in 2022

Poland was elected to chair the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 2022.

The decision, made at the organisation’s Ministerial Council meeting in Bratislava, was announced by the Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz.

"We're pleased that this decision was made by all member states," he noted, adding that the OSCE presidency is an important challenge, and that all states maintaining respect for the principles of the organisation, established in Helsinki in 1975, is not an easy thing.

Mr Czaputowicz said that for the rules to be respected, the states must obey international law. He pointed out that an important OSCE member is Russia, which has its own vision on many issues, including the conflict in Ukraine.

The FM also said that the 2022 presidency in OSCE would be a challenge for Poland, as it gives the country an opportunity to strengthen its position within the organisation.

The Bratislava meeting is being attended by around 700 representatives from 70 countries and international organisations. It will conclude on Friday.

OSCE is the world's largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization. It associates 57 members and 11 partner countries.

The OSCE presidency lasts one year. Poland will take over the presidency from Sweden.