OSCE Mission to Serbia

The OSCE Mission to Serbia is based in the nation’s capital of Belgrade and focuses on democratic development and human rights. Led by Ambassador Peter Burkhard, the Mission deals specifically with the following areas:

  1. Arms control: Through program development and cooperation, the OSCE seeks to bolster security of Serbia’s existing arms and ammunition.

  2. Education: The OSCE in Serbia targets discrimination as a key barrier to universal education by developing projects to strengthen community ties.
  3. Environmental activities: The Mission strives to improve coordination between Serbian authorities and civil society on prominent environmental issues by hosting trainings, seminars, and capacity-building programs.
  4. Gender equality: The OSCE operates with human rights organizations and government and civil society institutions in Serbia to support gender equality programs, particularly among the Roma community.
  5. Good governance: The Mission to Serbia emphasizes corruption as a key barrier to good governance in Serbia and works to bring governance to accord with international standards. 
  6. Human rights: The OSCE advises Serbia to improve the country’s human rights legislation and reporting accountability. In addition, the OSCE works with international partners to facilitate the safe return of refugees.
  7. Media freedom and development: With the ultimate goal of developing freedom in Serbia’s media, the OSCE advises legal reform, monitors media rights, and conducts trainings on security and ethics for journalists.
  8. Military reform and co-operation: The OSCE seeks to facilitate communication in the security sector between governmental and non-governmental institutions and civil society.
  9. Minority rights: Through advocacy, trainings, and development projects with Serbia’s National Minority Council, the OSCE works to better integrate ethnic minorities into the public sector, emphasizing education, employment, and political participation.
  10. Policing: The Mission conducts trainings to better equip police in Serbia with the skills necessary to address organized crime, and provides legislative expertise to better align the police with international standards. Additionally, the OSCE works between the police and citizens to strengthen sentiments of community and trust.
  11. Roma and Sinti: The OSCE focuses on the integration and empowerment of the Roma community, working with the Office for Human and Minority Rights to improve their access to political participation, employment, and government assistance programs.
  12. Rule of law: The OSCE promotes judiciary and prison reform in Serbia by hosting trainings and seminars for public officials and working with human rights institutions.
  13. Tolerance and non-discrimination: The OSCE provides support for Serbia’s anti-discrimination institutions, conducting trainings and developing projects to help implement the country’s anti-discrimination laws and programs. 

For more information on terminated OSCE missions in Serbia, see OSCE Missions of Long Duration in Kosovo, Sandjak, and Vojvodina