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Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), also known as the Helsinki Commission, is an independent U.S. Government agency. It was established in 1976 pursuant to Public Law No. 94-304.

Jurisdiction and Membership

The Commission is responsible for monitoring and encouraging compliance with the agreements of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, as established by the Helsinki Final Act, and other OSCE commitments. The Commission contributes to the formulation of U.S. policy on the OSCE and takes part in its execution, including through Member and staff participation on U.S. Delegations to OSCE meetings and in certain OSCE bodies.

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


Commissioner State

Ben Cardin, Co-Chairman Maryland
Christopher Dodd Connecticut
Russ Feingold Wisconsin
Hillary Rodham Clinton New York
John Kerry Massachusetts
Sam Brownback Kansas
Gordon Smith Oregon
Saxby Chambliss Georgia
Richard Burr North Carolina
Commissioner State Alcee L. Hastings, Chairman Florida
Louise McIntosh Slaughter New York
Mike McIntyre North Carolina
Hilda Solis California
G. K. Butterfield North Carolina
Chris Smith New Jersey
Robert B. Aderholt Alabama
Mike Pence Indiana
Joseph R. Pitts Pennsylvania
Executive Branch
Commissioner Agency
David J. Kramer Department of State
Mary Beth Long Department of Defense
David Bohigian Department of Commerce

United States Code Reference

Title 22, Chapter 45 : Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe :

§ 3001 Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe; establishment
§ 3002 Function and duties of Commission
§ 3003 Commission membership
§ 3004 Testimony of witnesses, production of evidence; issuance of subpena; administration of oaths
§ 3005 Report relating to Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
§ 3006 Commission report to Congress; periodic reports; expenditure of appropriations
§ 3007 Appropriations for Commission
§ 3008 Commission staff
§ 3009 Printing and binding costs

External links

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

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