This second edition has been thoroughly revised to take into account advances in the European Union’s methodology for observing and assessing an election process. It highlights that the European Union approach is based on international human rights standards, in particular the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The handbook also underlines that EU EOMs adhere to the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation, a landmark document commemorated at the United Nations in 2005. The handbook explains the criteria used in deciding whether to observe an election, the steps taken to establish an EOM, and how a mission functions.
This compendium aims to assist EU Election Observation Missions and other interested stakeholders in clearly identifying the international standards to use in assessing the conduct of elections. To facilitate such assessment, a practical guide has been included as an annex. It is the Commission’s expectation that EU Election Observation Missions will make use of this new tool to assess the conduct of elections in line with international standards and ensure coherence among EU Election Observation Missions.
After years of ad hoc electoral support, this Communication to the Parliament, issued in 2000, represents a watershed in the way the EC approached electoral support, defining assistance and observation as two complementary and synergetic components. The development of the observation methodology that currently underpins EU EOMs originated from this Communication.
This Declaration of Principles promulgated in 2005 set forth the criteria underpinning credible international observation missions. It represents a very significant achievement in the establishment of better coordination mechanisms among various international observation institutions and in the adoption of common standards and roles of conduct.
The consolidated list of EU restrictive measures in force, regularly updated to take account of the most recent legislative developments, is available here
In order to facilitate the task of economic operators and national authorities, the Commission has published the above Guidance Note on the implementation of certain provisions of Regulation 833/2014.
Regulation (EU) No 1338/2011 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 13 December 2011 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 1934/2006 establishing a financing instrument for cooperation with industrialised and other high-income countries and territories
Consolidated version of Council Regulation (EC) No 2368/2002 of December 2002 implementing the Kimberley Process certification scheme for the international trade in rough diamonds (including upadates and amendments)
Consolidated version of Council Regulation (EC) No 1236/2005 of 27 june 2005 concerning trade in certain goods which could be used for capital punishment, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (including upadates and amendments)