At the invitation by the Presidential Election Committee of the Arab Republic of Egypt to observe the Presidential Election, the European Union deployed an Election Observation Mission. The EU EOM was led by Chief Observer Mario David, Member of the European Parliament from Portugal. A Core Team of ten election analysts arrived in Cairo on 18 April. The Core Team analysed political, electoral and legal aspects related to the electoral process. A group of 30 long-term observers arrived in Egypt on 25 April.
Shortly before election days 60 short-term observers and a delegation of Members of the European Parliament joined the mission. Locally recruited short-term observers from EU diplomatic representations based in Cairo also joined the EU EOM. In total the EU EOM comprised some 150 observers from 28 EU Members States as well as Canada and Norway.