George Tsereteli (Georgia) was elected President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly at the 2018 Annual Session in Berlin, after having served as acting President since 9 November 2017. He had previously been Vice-President, first elected during the 2012 Annual Session in Monaco and subsequently re-elected during the 2015 Annual Session in Helsinki.
Following a career in business and as a practicing neurologist, Tsereteli came to politics in 1995. He served in the Tbilisi municipality before being elected to parliament in 1999. In the Georgian parliament, Tsereteli served as Deputy Chairman between 2000 and 2004, and from 2008 to 2012. In 2004, he was Georgia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labor, Health, and Social Protection.
As a member of parliament, Tsereteli also chaired the Committee on Regional Policy and Self-Governance (1999-2000) and the Committee on Healthcare and Social Issues (2004-2008). He currently sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Committee on Healthcare and Social Issues. He also serves as Chairman of the “European Georgia – Movement for Liberty” parliamentary faction.
Between 2011 and 2013, Tsereteli served as President of the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (EPF), having previously served as its Vice-President.