Madrid, 21 September 2023: The Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU invited the Working Party on General Affairs to an informal in-person meeting on electoral participation of persons with disabilities to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Madrid. The Brussels based diplomats of all 27 EU Member States examine the legislative proposals by the European Commission in its field of expertise that are sent to the General Affairs Council, which consists of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs.
Brussels, 28 August 2023: Election-Watch.EU (EW), together with the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD), Democracy Reporting International (DRI), and the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) published a Policy Paper to the upcoming European Parliament elections in June 2024. The findings and recommendations are outlined in four chapters: 1) Equality and Inclusion, 2) Transparency, 3) Accountability, and 4) Risks and Opportunities.
Four thematic [...]
Vienna/Atlanta, 6 July 2023: In the context of the 3rd Annual Virtual Electoral Integrity Conference, Election.Watch.EU and the Democracy Program of The Carter Center convened a roundtable on “Election Observation in the ‘West’? – Challenges, Lessons Learned, and the Way Forward”.
Election observation efforts can play a key role in assessing election administration and integrity, identifying gaps, and making recommendations for improving elections and the [...]
Brussels, 4 July 2023: A high-level event on “Ensuring the integrity of European Parliament (EP) elections in 2024 through the participation of civil society”, hosted by the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Domènec Ruiz Devesa, took place at the EP on 4 July 2023. First Vice President (FVP) Dr. Othmar Karas opened this Supporting Engagement in European Elections and Democratic [...]
Brussels, 30 June 2023: The Election Observation and Democracy Support (EODS) project invited Election-Watch.EU to present its experience and expertise regarding Citizen Election Observation in the European Union (EU). The webinar on 30 June 2023 was attended by more than 60 participants with a wide electoral background, ranging from former EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) Deputy Chief Observers and Core Team members to newcomers.
Moderated by EODS Training Coordinator [...]
Brussels, 27 June 2023: Election-Watch.EU was invited to join the panel of the Seminar Session “One year left to the European elections. What are the major challenges? What can be done to reach equality in political participation?” of the “A Union of Equality – Disability Rights and Strategies Seminar” organised [...]
Brussels, Vienna, 26 June 2023: A high-level event at the European Parliament on 4 July 2023 will focus on how best to ensure the integrity of the 6-9 June 2024 European elections through the participation of civil society.
The EU’s commitment to defending democracy is more important than ever. The elections provide an important opportunity to strengthen citizen participation in elections, improve trust and promote identification with democratic values. In the [...]
Brussels, 22 June 2023: Election-Watch.EU, a member of the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) since 2021, has participated in EPD’s annual events in Brussels. Between 19 and 21 June, Election-Watch.EU took part in the EPD Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the EPD Annual Conference as well as in a training for the programmes and evaluation working groups of the network.
At the AGM, the EPD Board has presented its strategy and plans in the areas of policy, programming [...]
London, Vienna, 25 April 2023: Election-Watch has been invited to join a panel discussion on election observation in Western democracies by the Democracy Volunteers on Tuesday, 25 April at 21:30 hours CET.
Election observation has long been seen as a key mechanism for democracy promotion due to the benefits it can have for electoral integrity around the world.
However, the geographical distribution of Election Observation Missions is varied, both globally, and within [...]