OSCE Permanent Council No. 596
EU Reply to Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities
- The European Union thanks the Coordinator for the comprehensive report on the First Part of the Economic Forum in Vienna and the substantial presentation on the Second Preparatory Conference in Baku.
- Bearing in mind views expressed at the Permanent Council on 19 January and our commitment to the development of the Economic and Environmental Dimension, we support the continuation of the activities of the OSCE, and OCEEA in particular, in this field as a means to promote our comprehensive security objectives.
- The EU recalls the successful First Part of the Economic Forum. It was especially appreciated that furthering international transport Conventions and their implementation and the promotion of good governance in the area of transport, the integration of environmental concerns into transport development and the special need of landlocked countries, were particularly highlighted. Equally, the focus on the working on transport and conflict resolution to enhance integration deserves special attention. We underline the need to follow up on this issue through a careful and realistic approach, taking into account the specific characteristics of the conflicts and situation of the countries concerned.
- In this vein, we are now looking forward to the discussions at the Preparatory Conference in Baku next Thursday and Friday. Following up on the First Part of the Forum, it appears that this sequencing has led to improved participation and thus helps to assure the political attention which the Economic Forum deserves.
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 Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, EFTA country Iceland, a member 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