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European Union Election Observation Mission
EOM The Gambia 2017

Beyond Election Day: Best practices for follow-up to EU Election Observation Missions

This brochure draws on the findings from a series of internal discussions among EU Institutions as well as external consultations with Member States’ experts, Members of the European Parliament, international governmental and non-governmental organisations which have endorsed the Declaration of Principles for International Observation (DoP), and European NGOs/CSOs to discuss EOM follow-up and implementation of recommendations. It also draws on feedback received from a questionnaire sent to 72 EU Delegations.

The main purposes of this brochure are to raise awareness of the broad range of EU tools to follow up on the recommendations of EU and OSCE/ODIHR EOMs and Election Expert Missions (EEMs), to enable staff in EU institutions, both at headquarters and in Delegations, to apply the good practices and consider how successful examples highlighted in the brochure can be replicated elsewhere. The brochure can also be useful to EU Member States and contribute to further enhance effective cooperation on EOM follow-up and strengthen the EU’s partnerships with other organisations working in elections, human rights, civil society, development, democratisation and peace-building. It is hoped that it will also be useful to other stakeholders including state authorities in partner countries, political parties and civil society organisations (CSOs).

This brochure presents the political and operational tools used by the EU at headquarters and in the field, where EU Delegations have been actively engaging with the authorities to support the implementation of EOM recommendations. The tools include: political and other formal dialogues, operational tools including programming instruments, the deployment of purpose-designed visits and missions, public diplomacy and work in international fora. In addition, the brochure highlights the important contribution that the European Parliament (EP) makes in promoting the implementation of EOM recommendations.

The brochure was presented at European Development Days on 8th June in Brussels. The full version of the text is available following link.

You can watch the full debate with Renate Weber MEP (European Parliament), Christian Leffler (Deputy Secretary General, European External Action Service), Olufunto Akinduro (Head of Department Elections and Political Processes, Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa) and Yara Nassar (Executive Director, Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections), here:

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