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.