EPDE held a seminar for election observers in Tbilisi

Tbilisi, June 20, 2016

The two-day seminar which was held on June 18-19 in Tbilisi gathered 20 observers from different EPDE member organisations. The main focus of the seminar was put on establishing and maintaining contacts with journalists and mass media. The EPDE observers got an insight into the specific media formats in different countries. Also, they discussed how to effectively disseminate election findings among journalists and different media outlets.

Kiev Dialogue organized a study trip for Ukrainian pupils to Berlin and Brussels on 30.05-03.06.

Berlin, June 10, 2016

European Exchange in cooperation with the Open Society Foundation under the kind assistance of Foreign Office of Germany organized on 30.05 – 03.06 2016 the study trip for the pupils from the Ukrainian town Ivano-Frankivsk to Berlin and Brussels as the part of the project “Support of the youth as impulse for the strengthening civil society and democracy in Ukraine” . The purpose of the project was to interest Ukrainian youth in the political processes and activities and to strengthen the engagement of the civil society in the country. During the trip Ukrainian pupils had a unique opportunity to meet leading European politicians and civil activists dealing with Ukrainian issues.

More information on the project will be available soon here: http://www.kiev-dialogue.org/de/

12th Annual Conference of "Kiev Dialogue" will be held on 20-21 of June 2016 in Berlin

Berlin, May 25, 2016

On June 20-21 2016 the 12th Annual Conference of "Kiev Dialogue" organized in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the International Renaissance Foundation, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, the German Society for Eastern European Studies (DGO) and kindly assistance of Foreign Office will take place. The main topic of the conference will be Ukraine in transition. The 12th Annual Conference will take place in Heinrich Böll Foundation, Schumannstr. 8, 10117 Berlin.

Among the key panelists will be: Rebecca Harms, Gernot Erler, Marieluise Beck, John Regenbrecht, Dominik Papenheim, Alexander Hug,  Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Serhiy Leschchenko, deputy of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, journalist, Karl Schlögel, Oleksandr Solontai, and Karl-Georg Wellmann.

The current program of the conference is available here.

Please register until June 17, 2016 here!

Podium discussion with a film screening on the topic "Innovative energy concepts for Germany and Ukraine", May 26, 2016

Berlin, 10 May 2016

On May 26, 2016 Kiev Dialogue is holding the podium discussion with a film screening on the topic "Innovative energy concepts for Germany and Ukraine" in Goslar, Germany. During the public discussion, the following questions will be debated: What does the European energy policy mean for Ukraine and Niedersachsen and what innovative European energy concepts are appropriate for Ukraine? How fast is energy revolution in Ukraine expected to happen and what players need support on this way? The main speakers of the discussion will be Roman Zinchenko, an expert in renewable energy from "Greencubator", Ukraine; Julia Verlinden, member of the German Parliament, spokewoman for Energy Policy, Germany; and Mykhaylo Gonchar, energy expert, president of the Center for Global Studies "Strategy XXI", Ukraine. The discussion will be moderated by Viola von Cramon, former member of German Parliament, Alliance 90 / The Greens.

Together with the discussion, the quests will have an opportunity to attend film screening "POWER TO CHANGE - The energy Rebellion" about the benefits of decentralized energy production, thanks to which Germany and other countries, such as Ukraine, can be powered up to 100% by renewable energy.

Please register until 23. Mai 2016 at: hutnyk@european-exchange.org

Invitation to the Round Table “Russian Duma Election 2016: Insights for Action”

Berlin, 1 April 2016

Ahead of Russian Duma Election 2016 the organisations Golos, IESC, EPDE and Silc are together launching a new initiative -presenting the results of their long-term election monitoring in Russia on the international level. They aim at presenting as widely as possible the facts about the course of the Russian Duma election campaign: illegal campaigning, violations related to election campaign financing, new obstacles to the opposition candidate registration, restrictions of observers' and journalists' rights and other violations. The first presentation on the long-term election monitoring results will be held on 7 April at 15.00 in the European Parliament. To attend the Round Table please register by April 5, 2016 here: amanda.lovkvist@silc.se

Please find this invitation as PDF here.

Training for EPDE observers in Tbilisi

Tbilisi, 24 March 2016

From 21-24 March two EPDE trainings for more than 40 observers from seven countries have taken place in Tbilisi, Georgia. The trainings aims were to strengthen the capacities of the EPDE member organizations in the work with volunteers and to maintain security standards in the area of internet communication. The trainings were organized by the International Society for Free Elections and Democracy (ISFED) with the support of the European Union.

Anar Mammadli pardoned after almost 2,5 years in prison

Berlin, 17 March 2016

On 17 March, Anar Mammadli, EPDE board member and the Director of the Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDS), based in Baku, Azerbaijan, was pardoned by the president Aliev along with a number of high profile political prisoners. Mammadli was imprisoned on 16 December 2013 following the EMDS critical report documenting massiv fraud during presidential elections held on 9 October 2013. He was sentenced to 5,5 years in prison on 26 May 2014.

See here the hronic of Anar's arrest here.

Ukrainian EPDE members CVU and Opora publish expert reports

Kyiv, 10 March 2016

Civic Network Opora and the Committee of Voters of Ukraine together with the international EPDE experts published four analysis on the conditions for democratic elections in Ukraine. Arkadii Lubarev from the Association Golos, Moscow, analyzed the implication of the new local election law. Steffen Halling from the Berlin based German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) monitored the election campaign in the Donbass region controlled by the Ukrainian government.

Please read more about this and find the reports here.

Public Discussion "European Union, the Netherlands and Ukraine: perspectives and benefits of cooperation"

Berlin, 13 March 2016

Since Ukraine declared its Independence in 1991 the European integration and close cooperation with European countries were announced to be a priority of Ukrainian foreign policy. The qualitatively new form of bilateral relations launched the signing and ratification of Ukraine – EU Association Agreement that is based on the principles of political association and economic integration. What advantages brings the Association Agreement for EU Member States and Ukraine? What are the benefits of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) for the EU and Ukraine? How could EU, the Netherlands and Ukraine profit from sustainable cooperation? What is the added value for both sides?

The Kiev Dialogue with support of Konrad Adenauer Foundation and Foundation “Ukrainians in the Netherlands” are pleased to invite you to the public discussion with the European, Dutch and Ukrainian politicians along with Ukrainian opinion leaders who will talk on EU – Ukraine relations.

Program of the public discussion in English and Dutch 

Please, confirm your attendance until March 21st per Email to lopashchuk@irf.ua

Parliamentrary elections in Slovakia, 5 March 2016: EPDE press release

Berin, 9 March 2016

From 1 till 7 March 2016, 50 EPDE monitors from Poland, Russia, Azerbaijan, Germany, Lithuania, Sweden and Ukraine  observed the last stage of the parliamentary elections in Slovakia scheduled on 5 March 2016. During the election day, EPDE observers visited over 250 polling stations in all regions of the country. EPDE observers underlined the transparency of the preparation for the election day and the overall trust and the integrity of the election day proceedings. However, some regulations of the 2014 adopted election law should be an subject of further consideration in order to strengthen the rights of voters and observers.

This statement as PDF (EN).