Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe


Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), also known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission, is an independent U.S. Government agency created by Congress in 1976 to monitor and encourage compliance with the Helsinki Final Act and other OSCE commitments. It was established in 1976 pursuant to Public Law No. 94-304.

The Commission consists of nine members from the U.S. House of Representatives, nine members from the United States Senate, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense, and Commerce. The positions of Chairman and Co-Chairman are shared by the House and Senate and rotate every two years, when a new Congress convenes. A professional staff assists the Commissioners in their work.

The Commission contributes to the formulation of U.S. policy toward the OSCE and the participating States and takes part in its execution, including through Member and staff participation on official U.S. Delegations to OSCE meetings and in certain OSCE bodies. Members of the Commission have regular contact with parliamentarians, government officials, NGOs, and private individuals from other OSCE participating States.

The Commission convenes public hearings and briefings with expert witnesses on OSCE-related issues; issues public reports concerning implementation of OSCE commitments in participating States; publishes a periodic Digest with up-to-date information on OSCE developments and Commission activities; and organizes official delegations to participating States and OSCE meetings to address and assess democratic, economic, and human rights developments firsthand.

Commissioners, 112th Congress

Majority Minority
House members
  • Alcee L. Hastings, Florida, Ranking Member
  • Louise McIntosh Slaughter, New York
  • Mike McIntyre, North Carolina
  • Steve Cohen, Tennessee
Senate members
Executive Branch
  • Michael H. Posner, Department of State
  • Alexander Vershbow, Department of Defense
  • Michael C. Camuñez, Department of Commerce

United States Code Reference

Title 22, Chapter 45

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

[1]. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe; establishment
[2]. Function and duties of Commission
[3]. Commission membership
[4]. Testimony of witnesses, production of evidence; issuance of subpena; administration of oaths
[5]. Report relating to Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
[6]. Commission report to Congress; periodic reports; expenditure of appropriations
[7]. Appropriations for Commission
[8]. Commission staff
[9]. Printing and binding costs

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