Until 1990, the CSCE consisted of a series of meetings and conferences where member states worked on their commitments and periodically reviewed their application. The organization was provided with permanent institutions and operational capabilities at the Paris Summit of November 1990, at the end of the Cold War. After the Summit of Heads of State of Budapest in December 1994, the name of the CSCE became the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, known worldwide by the acronym OSCE.
The principles of the Helsinki Final Act devoted to the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms led to the creation, in Moscow, of the NGO called Helsinki Group, whose purpose was to monitor the implementation of the Helsinki Accords. The mission of the Helsinki Group was expanded with the creation of several regional and national committees, including Helsinki España.
Since its establishment in 1990, Helsinki España has been dedicated to disseminating and promoting the principles of the Helsinki Final Act, working on the respect and protection of human rights through education.