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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Please, confirm your attendance until March 21st per Email to email@example.com
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).
EPDE observes the parliamentary elections in Slovakia
Berlin, 25 Februar 2016
EPDE sends monitors to observe the parliamentary elections in Slovakia scheduled on 5 March 2016. The group is made up of 45 observers from the Association Golos (Russia), European Exchange (Germany), International Elections Study Center (Lithuania) and the Swedish International Liberal Center, in cooperation with the Polish Forum of Young Diplomats.
The observers will monitor the conduct of the entire election day in Bratislava and in the regions of Slovakia. It will also hold a number of briefings with the estalished Slovak NGOs, the ODIHR-delegation, local and international election experts. The monitoring teams will be assisted by local activits and experts.
The mission intends to publish recommendations on the election day proceedings after accomplishment of the mission.
Referendum in Armenia: EPDE opens media center in Yerevan
Yerevan, 1 December 2015
EPDE opens International Media Center in Yerevan, Armenia for the Constitutional Referendum scheduled on 6 December 2015. Domestic and international experts will provide exclusive information on the preparations for the referendum and the conduct of the voting day. Simultaneous English translation and live stream on the EPDE website will be provided during all press conferences.
Detailed schedule about the location and time will be announced soon.
For further information please contact:
Tsovinar Nazaryan, +374 91 520204, firstname.lastname@example.org.
EPDE Annual Conference Took Place in Berlin, 14-15 December 2015
Berlin, 16 December 2015
On 14 and 15 December 2015 a third Annual Conference of EPDE took place in Berlin. 20 top monitors from 14 EPDE member organizations participated in the conference. The election experts developed a strategy of election monitoring in the countries of the EU Eastern Partnership and in Russia for the coming years. A special guest, prof. Pippa Norris from the Harward University and the University of Sindey presented the Electoral Integrity Project.
More information on the Election Intergrity Project is available here.
"More dialogue with Russian Federation" by Stefanie Schiffer
Berlin, 21 November 2015
Stefanie Schiffer, executive director of the European Exchange gGmbH and board member of the Petersburg Dialogue writes in the "Tagesspiegel" about the Petersburg Dialogue, the role of civil societies and points out the problems between the Russian and German sides. “The Petersburg Dialogue was opened by the German side - that's good”, - says Stefanie Schiffer. “Nevertheless, the Petersburg Dialogue is much overrated. Generally, it fails to reach Russian society, repressions against independent media and NGOs go on unabated. It is of great importance to make Russian society understand and realize its interests in the rule of law.”
You can find the whole text here.