OSCE Home  EN · ES · FR · RU

About Us (Print Version)

Terms & Conditions

Using our website

The POLIS website is maintained for your personal use and viewing. Access and use by you of this site constitutes acceptance by you of these Terms and Conditions that take effect from the date of first use.

Links to other websites

The OSCE encourages links to and from other relevant websites. However, links to other websites from the POLIS website imply neither responsibility for, nor approval of, the content on those other websites on the part of the OSCE. Please note that the content and privacy standards of these sites may be different from the ones of the OSCE.

Geographic maps

Georgraphic maps used on this website display OSCE Participating and Partner States as of July 2013. Boundaries and names shown on all maps do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the OSCE.

Virus protection

We make every effort to check and test material at all stages of production. It is always wise for you to run an anti-virus program on all material downloaded from the Internet. We cannot accept any responsibility for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or your computer system which may occur whilst using material derived from this website.


Content on the POLIS website is subject to copyright.

The OSCE must be credited as source when using content from its website. For texts, the publication or page the texts originate from must be given. Photos credited to the OSCE may be reproduced without charge for non-commercial purposes only. When using photographs from this website, both the OSCE and the photographer must be credited in the following format: OSCE/photographer's name.

Technical requirements and accessibility

The POLIS website is optimized for viewing on screens with a pixel resolution of 1024 x 768 or greater. The site is still viewable and functional in lower resolutions, but the entire width of the page will not be visible simultaneously, requiring horizontal scrolling.

Adobe Reader (or any other PDF viewer) is required to view or download the documents and publications in PDF format on this site.

The POLIS website is designed using modern web standards to assure interoperability, accessibility and efficiency. These well-established standards are supported by modern web browsers. Common browsers with such support include, but are not limited to, Mozilla Firefox 1.5 or higher (and other Mozilla-based browsers), Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or higher, Opera 8.5 or higher and Apple Safari. Older browsers may not display the site's visual design as intended, though its functionality should be unaffected.