OSCE Permanent Council No. 595
EU statement on the Extension of the Mandate of the Director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
- The European Union is pleased that Ambassador Strohal's mandate has been extended. This ensures that ODIHR will continue to function under a highly professional leadership without interruption.
- The European Union is deeply disappointed however, that it has not been possible to reach agreement on extending the Director’s mandate for the usual 3 years term of office in line with precedent and with the provisions regulating the extensions of the mandates of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities and the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media. These provisions should also apply to the Director of ODIHR.
- We strongly commend the ODIHR Director for his outstanding performance over the past three years and fail to see objective grounds on which his mandate, in deviation from past practice, has now been limited to two years. In order to ensure continuity at the helm of ODIHR, the EU has agreed to the decision, but we consider the extension by a mere two years as no precedent for determining the length of mandates of ODIHR Directors in the future.
- The EU is looking forward with great interest to the ongoing important undertakings of ODIHR and once again reiterates its strong support for, Ambassador Strohal and his staff.
- The EU requests that this statement will be attached to the Journal of the day.
The Acceding Countries Bulgaria and Romania, the Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, EFTA countries Iceland and Liechtenstein members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova align themselves with this declaration.
*Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continues to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process