Press release from Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Petra Lärke appointed head of the Task Force for Swedish Chair of the OSCE

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The Government has today decided to appoint Petra Lärke as head of the Task Force that is to lead and plan Sweden’s Chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2021. She will take up her post on 2 March 2020.

The OSCE is a security policy cooperation body with 57 participating States. All European States plus the United States, Canada and central Asian countries participate in the OSCE on equal terms. The OSCE’s activities are based on a broadly defined view of security that includes military arms control, human rights, rule of law and democracy. Sweden has been appointed to chair the OSCE in 2021.

“As Chair of the OSCE, Sweden will continue to work to restore respect for the principles upon which the European security order rests. Ms Lärke will have a key role in the prioritised work of strengthening democracy, human rights and gender equality during the Chairmanship,” says Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde.

From 2 March, Ms Lärke will be responsible for initiating the Stockholm-based operations, while Ulrika Funered will continue to lead Sweden’s Permanent Delegation to the OSCE in Vienna.

“I am pleased to have been entrusted with leading the preparations for and work during Sweden’s Chairmanship of the OSCE. Sweden’s Chairmanship is coming at a time of difficult challenges to the principles and commitments on which the OSCE is based. It will be an important, but probably challenging task,” says Ms Lärke.

Ms Lärke was most recently deputy head of the Department for European Security Policy at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. She has previously been head of the Eastern Europe Group at the Department for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and worked at the Prime Minister’s Office and in Brussels.