Invitation to the Round Table “Electoral Authoritarianism in the OSCE Region - the Example of the Russian Federation“

Berlin, September 17, 2016

Whithin the framework of the HDIM of OSCE participating States, EPDE is holding a side event on the topic “Electoral Authoritarianism in the OSCE Region - the Example of the Russian Federation“, which will take place on Friday, the 23rd of September, at 18.00-19.45 in the Meeting Room 2, Sofitel-Victoria Hotel, Krolewska Str. 11, Warsaw. The given side event gives room for discussion whether the State Duma elections of September 18th 2016 again confirm this classification or whether a positive development towards more integrity, inclusiveness and transparency of the election process can be noticed. Key panelist of the round table will be Lilia Shibanova, Golos Movement,  Dmitry Oreshkin, “Narodnyi Izbirkom” project, Stanislav Andreichuk, Golos Movement,  Roman Udot, Golos Movement, Stefanie Schiffer, European Platform for Democratic Elections.

Please read more about this here.

Invitation to the public discussion "Russian elections to Duma - preparation for the Presidential elections?", September 21, 2016 in Berlin

Berlin, September 16, 2016

European Platform for Democratic Elections and German Council on Foreign Affairs are holding a podium discussion on the topic "Russian elections to Duma - preparation for the Presidential elections?",  which will take place on September 21, 2016, from 12:30 till 14:00  in DGAP at Rauchstrasse 17/18, 10787 Berlin. Key panelists  Ilya Ponomarjow, member of the Russian Parliament in 2007-2016, Andrey Buzin, member of the Board of the Movement for Defence of Voters' Rights "Golos", Benjamin Bidder, journalist from the Spiegel Online, and Denis Volkov, Levada-Center, together with Stefan Meiser will discuss of the results of the upcoming elections to the Russian Parliament.

In order to participate please register at or send a fax to 030 25 42 31-91.

"Kiev Dialogue" is organizing a conference "Economic stabilization and fight against corruption in Ukraine" on September 8, 2016

Berlin, September 1, 2016

On September 8, 2016 “Kyiv Dialogue” in cooperation with the European Commission and German Advisory Group is organizing a conference on the topic “Economic stabilization and fight against corruption in Ukraine”. The conference will take place in the office of the European Commission at the address Unter den Linden 78, 10117 Berlin. During the first panel invited experts Ricardo Giucci, Olena Tregub, Yuriy Butsa and Dmytro Solohub will discuss the possibilities of stabilization of the Ukrainian economy. During the second panel experts Artem Sytnyk, Peter Wagner, Krystyna Hutsalova,Iaroslav Gregirchak and Kirsten Lohrscheid will concentrate on fighting the corruption and implementation of reforms in the economic sector of Ukraine.

Please register for the conference until September 6, 2016 here.

Kiev Dialogue organized podium discussion "Minsk II in the dead end? Russian-Ukrainian conflict, Western sanctions and the future of the European peace order"

Berlin, September 1, 2016

Kyiv Dialogue organized on August 30, 2016 a podium discussion in Munich, which focused on the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian conflict and inability of both sides of the conflict to fulfill the Minsk agreements. Key panelists: Hans-Peter Uhl, deputy of the German Bundestag, Oksana Syroid, deputy of the Ukrainian Parliament and Andreas Umland, academic fellow at the Institute for the Euro-Atlantic cooperation based in Kyiv, discussed the main reasons and outcomes of the conflict for Europe and European peace order, the role of sanctions against Russia for the implementation of the Minsk agreements and consequences of softening of the sanctions for the Europe.

Russian Propaganda against Citizens' Election Observers from GOLOS-Movement

Berlin, August 31, 2016

On Friday, August 26th - three weeks ahead of the elections to the State Duma - the Russian government-controlled TV channel NTV broadcasted a documentary "The Secret of Golos". EPDE is concerned that by broadcasting "The Secret of Golos", the Russian government-controlled mass media and the intelligence services undermine international obligations where the Russian Federation is binding itself to safeguard fair elections, public oversight over election processes and freedom of expression and association.

For more information see here:

“This time seriously: have we learned something from history?”, conference by the "Kyiv dialogue" in Dresden

Berlin, August 25, 2016

On the 23 of August, the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism, “Kiyv Dialogue” organized a podium discussion with mowie screening of the award-winning film „The Soviet Story“ by the regisseur Edvīns Šnore. Film is almost unknown for the German audience, however is highly ranked by the film critics. The film screening was followed by expert discussion, conducted by Arnold Vaatz, Toomas Hiio, Prof. Dr. Uwe Backes, Siegfried Reiprich and Liudmyla Hrynevych.

Please find the report by Edwin Seifert here.

Kiev Dialogue is organizing the third trip of Ukrainian students within the Youth project

Berlin, August 20, 2016

The next trip to Berlin for students from Kharkov, Odessa, Dnieper and Ivano-Frankivsk within the project ‘Support for young people as a stimulus for the strengthening of democracy in Ukraine’ will be held in the period between 5 September, 2016 and 9 September, 2016. Meetings with politicians and experts from think tanks, seminars and a conference have already been scheduled for this trip. More detailed information about the trip will be presented in  the next newsletter.

On 1 May, 2016, the  ‘European Exchange’ organisation and the Open Dialog Foundation  launched the project ‘Support for young people as a stimulus for the strengthening of democracy in Ukraine’, supported by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The project aims to motivate Ukrainian youth to directly participate in political and social processes in Ukraine. Within the framework of the project, two study trips to Brussels and Berlin for 30 schoolchildren from Ivano-Frankivsk, Odessa, Kharkiv and Dnipro have been organised.

The information about the first trip, which took place in the period between 30 May, 2016 and 3 June, 2016, can be found here:

 The information about the second trip of schoolchildren, which took place in the period between  4 July, 2016 and 8 July, 2016, can be found  here:

First EPDE Capacity Bilding Camp took place in Moldova

Chisinau, 30 July, 2016

On 25-30 July 2016 the first Capacity Building Camp of the EPDE took place in Moldova. Over 100 election observers, experts and volunteers from 13 EPDE member organizations participated in the event. The camp provided for several experts' presentations, trainings and seminars on capacity buidling, campaign financing, fake observation, statistical analysis, IT-security and other topics relevant for election observers. The camp was organized by the EPDE member organizations European Exchange, Association Promo-Lex and ISFED.

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: