A delegation* of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) was in Kyiv on 2 and 3 July 2019 to assess the pre-electoral climate ahead of the early parliamentary elections in Ukraine, scheduled for 21 July.
In a letter dated 2 July 2019, the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy informed PACE President Liliane Maury Pasquier that the Verkhovna Rada had withdrawn its invitation to observe the early parliamentary elections in Ukraine on 21 July 2019.
As a consequence of this decision, the pre-electoral delegation has decided to cease its activity prematurely.
Prior to this decision, the PACE delegation met with the leaders and representatives of a number of the parties running in the elections, representatives of civil society and the media, the OSCE/ODIHR election observation team, and diplomats based in Kyiv.
Other meetings were cancelled.
*Members of the delegation:
Mart van de Ven (Netherlands, ALDE), acting Head of the Delegation
Aleksander Pociej (Poland, EPP/CD)
Marco Nicolini (San Marino, UEL)
Nagif Hamzayev (Azerbaijan, FDG)