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Goals of Austria's OSCE Chairmanship 2017

Published: August 31, 2016; 18:00 · (Vindobona)

Germany will chair the OSCE until the end of December and will then hand over to Austria in 2017. Austria will promote greater security and stability as well as the preservation of common values within the OSCE region.

Kurz: "Goals of Austria's OSCE Chairmanship 2017" / Picture: © Wikipedia / Dragan Tatic

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz announced that the three main priorities will be

> to reduce current conflicts,

> to work together in the fight against radicalization and extremism and

> to counteract the increasing loss of trust between countries but also that of citizens towards state institutions and organizations that are supposed to guarantee peace and uphold European values.

Prevention work to combat radicalisation in its early stages is particularly important and young people are the main focus here in particular.