The Ministerial Council, made up of foreign ministers of the participating states (or their representatives), meets annually, except in years when summits are scheduled. The Ministerial meetings are held to take major decisions, and often approve documents that have been adopted by the Permanent Council or the Forum for Security Co-Operation.
The Ministerial Council meetings help to maintain a link between the political decisions taken at the summits and the day-to-day functions of the OSCE.
Foreign Ministers and Heads of Delegations pose for a family photo at the 20th OSCE Ministerial Council in Kyiv, 5 December 2013. (OSCE/Sergey Gladkevich)
The last ministerial, hosted by Ukraine, took place in Kyiv on December 5-6, 2013. See the list of statements and decisions adopted at the ministerial.
The Council meets in order to:
Georgian Foreign Minister Maya Pandzhikidze briefs media December 6, 2013 on margins of Kyiv Ministerial on Russian placement of barbed wire fences along the occupation line. (OSCE)
- Consider issues relevant to the OSCE
- Review and assess the activities, accomplishments, and problems of the OSCE
- Make appropriate decisions, including adoption of the annual operating budget
The Council makes all of its decisions by consensus.
Sometimes the Chair-in-Office has has opted to make summary statements reflecting views shared by the vast majority of participating states, but not universally agreed.
The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara, speaking at a press conference after the closing of the 20th OSCE Ministerial Council, Kyiv, 6 December 2013. (OSCE)