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Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

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[Flag of OSCE]by Daniel U. Thibault

[Flag of OSCE, variant]by Daniel U. Thibault

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Description of the flag

The flag is mentioned all over the OSCE web site but never clearly shown. The only barely legible picture is in the header to one page, where it is embedded in an image.
This image indicates a 2:3 proportion (makes sense, as most European flags have those proportions) but, more importantly, shows the letters are offset close to the hoist.
However, the OSCE handbook includes an image on page 79 which shows the logo centred in the field.

On 3 July 1973, the CSCE (Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe) was created. Following the fall of Communism, it started to evolve into the OSCE; this re-christening was decided on 6 December 1994 and took effect on 1 January 1995. So it is probably accurate to state the flag was introduced on that date.

Daniel U. Thibault, 16 October 2001

Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE)

[Flag of CSCE]by Daniel U. Thibault

Presumably a CSCE flag existed prior to 1994, which used the same design with the different letters (as is implied by the OSCE handbook).

Daniel U. Thibault, 16 October 2001

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