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Member of the Riksdag elected President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

19 July 2021 klockan 19.02

During the session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly on 30 June - 6 July, member of the Riksdag Margareta Cederfelt (Moderate Party) was elected President of the Assembly.

In her speech at the session, the member Margareta Cederfelt (Moderate Party) stressed the huge responsibility of all parliamentarians in working for a more secure Europe, characterised by respect for human rights, democracy and every country's territorial integrity. Margareta Cederfelt also highlighted climate change as one of her priorities, and expressed a wish that the world will come back with renewed strength after the COVID-19 pandemic.

"In my opinion, the OSCE as a security organisation is unique", said Margareta Cederfelt in her speech, and underlined at the same time, that the broad security perspective in the OSCE is an asset.

Margareta Cederfelt (Moderate Party) was elected President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly for a term of one year. In addition, new vice-presidents, as well as deputy chairs and rapporteurs for the three general committees were elected.

Migration, terrorism and the Arctic on the agenda

During the session, work with the Parliamentary Assembly's most recent election observations, as well as the reports of the various committees and accounts from the President, Treasurer and Secretary-General of the Assembly were presented. The reports concerned such topics as migration, terrorism, matters relating to the Arctic, climate change, gender equality and trafficking in human beings. The Parliamentary Assembly also adopted three urgent resolutions during the meeting. The session was held both physically in Vienna and remotely.

The Swedish member of parliament Johan Büser (Social Democratic Party) was elected during the same session as rapporteur to the General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions.

Members

The following members of the Riksdag delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE participated:

About the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the OSCE, is an organisation for security policy dialogue and cooperation in Europe. The organisation works to prevent conflicts and to protect human rights. The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly was founded in 1991 and consists of parliamentarians from the OSCE's 57 member countries.

Further information

About the election of the President on the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly website

About the Swedish OSCE delegation

Contacts for the media

Fredrik Svensson, International Senior Adviser, International Department of the Riksdag, tel. +46 730 96 64 67, e-mail fredrik.svensson@riksdagen.se

Aron Björk, International Adviser, International Department of the Riksdag, telephone +46 72 222 43 74, e-mail aron.bjork@riksdagen.se