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SIPRI Governing Board member appointed chair of OSCE Panel of Eminent Persons

SIPRI Governing Board member Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger has been appointed as the chair of an Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Panel of Eminent Persons on 'European Security as a Common Project'.

Ambassador Ischinger's appointment was announced on 4 December 2014 at the OSCE Ministerial Council in Basel.

In a press release, the OSCE stated that 'the Panel will support efforts by the OSCE and participating states and make suggestions on how to further strengthen trust throughout the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian regions and to build a more resilient system of European security, building on the Helsinki and Paris documents within the next 12 months'.

The Panel is expected to produce an interim report and a final report by the end of 2015.

Ambassador Ischinger will chair the Panel on a voluntary basis, and will remain the chairman of the Munich Security Conference.