At the invitation of the Government of Azerbaijan, the European Union established a mission to observe the municipal elections there on 12 December 1999.
The European Union observed the first local elections since the establishment of the independent Republic of Azerbaijan in 1991. After many delays, the municipal elections were held on 12 December 1999.
The observers were deployed throughout the country. They met government and electoral officials, candidates and political parties, civil society representatives and the media.