IN RESPONSE TO THE REPORT BY MR. GORAN SVILANOVIC, COORDINATOR OF THE OSCE ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONEMNTAL ACTIVITIES

Tacan İldem 25.10.2012
I would like to join the previous speakers in warmly welcoming Mr. Svilanovic, Coordinator of the Economic and Environmental Activities, back to the Permanent Council and thanking him for the presentation of his annual report.

We commend the intensive work of Mr. Svilanovic and his able team for elevating the second dimension issues high on the OSCE agenda and drawing the increasing attention of the participating States. We would also like to congratulate the Coordinator for highlighting the importance of the economic and environmental dimension activities in reinforcing peace, security and stability in the OSCE region.

In this respect, 20th Economic and Environmental Forum organized with the thematic focus on “Promoting Security and Stability through Good Governance” provided an ample ground for participating States and the OSCE units to elaborate on further decisions and actions concerning this crucial issue which has direct impacts on security. We believe that fruitful discussions held at the Forum and recommendations outlined by the participants will contribute in drawing the framework of the future activities of our organization in this aspect.

Furthermore, the Economic and Environmental Dimension Implementation Meeting, which was introduced in the OSCE calendar last year and successfully conducted last week for the second time, covered a wide range of important and relevant issues. We very much welcome this annual exercise that allow participating States and OSCE units to share their best practices on the issues related to the second dimension and stimulate means to meet their commitments. I would also like to recognize the fact that format and substance of EEDIM have been improving every year as expected and this significant event is moving towards to become one of the most significant items of the annual work schedule.

We also welcome the active engagement of the Coordinator’s Office in the Environment and Security (ENVSEC) Initiative. In this regard, we appreciate the achievements and the increasing visibility of the Initiative.

Besides, the launching of the Maastricht Strategy Document review process to determine if it needs to be adapted in the evolving economic and environmental challenges has been another important chapter this year. Since security challenges are not static and as time passes, new ones emerge in a constant fashion, in our
perception, the review process of the document came into the agenda of the OSCE in a timely manner. Considering the given the protracted global financial turbulence and its negative effects on the security, two expert level meetings followed by an ambassadorial meeting have been inspirational kick-off for this long term and comprehensive process. We consider that the contributions of the Coordinator’s Office have been of great use in our work and will be a valuable guide in our future consultations.

Despite these positive developments, our discussions have also indicated that the potential of the economic and environmental dimension, which cut across all three dimensions of the OSCE, have not yet been fully utilized. On this occasion, underscoring the invaluable contribution of the economic and environmental issues in confidence building measures, I would like to reiterate our position that the role of the Office should be further strengthened and the status of the Coordinator’s Office should be upgraded to a level that denotes the value it deserves.

In conclusion, since it is his last appearance in the Permanent Council, I would like to extend Mr. Svilanovic our appreciation for his dedicated work in the last four years and wish him every success in his future important responsibilities that he is going to assume.

Thank you Mr. Chairperson