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PACE, OSCE and NATO Parliamentary Assemblies, the EP and OSCE/ODIHR discuss election observation

After Copenhagen and Warsaw, a third meeting, organised in Strasbourg on 16-17 November at the invitation of PACE Secretary General Wojciech Sawicki, brought together representatives of the Parliamentary Assemblies of the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE PA) and of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the European Parliament and OSCE/ODIHR to discuss election observation.

The meeting focused on the possible convergence of criteria for International Election Observations Missions, leading to the drafting of a common Code of Conduct. Participants held an exchange of views on their respective experiences, particularly with regard to ethical issues in election observation.

They were briefed about the case law of the European Court of Human Rights in electoral matters and about the assessment of the Venice Commission and the Council for Democratic elections on how to improve the follow-up of election observation reports. Discussions also included operational and logistical aspects of election observation as well as on-going co-operation in general.

Participants included the Secretary General of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Roberto Montella and his counterpart from the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, David Hobbs, OSCE/ODIHR Director Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir and Christina Castagnoli of the Directorate for Democracy Support, Democracy and Elections Actions of the European Parliament.