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Mission/Mandate:
“The European Parliament is the only directly-elected body of the European Union. The 736 Members of the European Parliament are there to represent you, the citizen. They are elected once every five years by voters right across the 27 Member States of the European Union on behalf of its 492 million citizens.[...]
Parliament plays an active role in drafting legislation which has an impact on the daily lives of its citizens: For example, on environmental protection, consumer rights, equal opportunities, transport, and the free movement of workers, capital, services and goods. Parliament also has joint power with the Council over the annual budget of the European Union“ (European Parliament Website, http://www.europarl.europa.eu/parliament/public/staticDisplay.do?id=146&language=en, accessed on 14 April 2010)
 
Target group:
EU institutions and Member States; EU neighbouring countries; EU candidate and potential candidate countries; countries where elections were observed by EU Election Observation Missions; media; general public.
Objective:
Election observation: “The European Parliament's election observation aim at strengthening, in the third countries concerned by elections or referendums, the legitimacy of national electoral processes, increasing public confidence in elections, avoiding electoral fraud, better protecting human rights and contributing to conflict solution. Members of the European Parliament provide a particular political perspective, expertise and experience in election observation. [...]
Upon invitation from the country organizing the election or referendum, the European Parliament cooperates closely with Council and Commission and coordinates its activities with the competent international organisations. In general, when an EU Election Observation Mission is taking place, the European Parliament delegation forms part of it. In cases where there is no EU Election Observation Mission, and the European Parliament decides nevertheless to send an observation mission, the European Parliament delegation participates independently in election observation, where appropriate in cooperation with the relevant international organisations.” (European Parliament Website, http://www.europarl.europa.eu/intcoop/election_observation/default_en.htm, accessed on 14 April 2010 )
Funding:
EU budget.
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: The EP sends missions to observe election processes to many countries worldwide.
Thematic focus: Reports of the European Parliament Election Observation Delegation contain information on the election process in the observed country, more concretely information on political background, legal issues, election administration, participation of women and minorities, voter registration and registration of candidates, media participation, campaigning and pre-election environment, etc.
Reporting methodology:
Reports of EP Election Observation Missions present the findings on the respective elections. The observation in each country is conducted in accordance with the EU election observation methodology and in line with international standards for elections (see various Reports of EP Election Observation Missions)
Publication cycle:
Reports on the results of the European Parliament Election Observation Delegation are published on irregular basis depending on the time when elections are held in a country where a delegation is sent.
Languages:
Reports: English; some of the reports are also published in other languages (mainly French and German).
Website: Official EU languages; however, the languages a specific page is available in varies from section to section, and all or most pages are available in English.
Navigation of website:
Parliament > In detail > Election observation > Missions
Additional references:
European Parliament resolution of 8 May 2008 on EU election observation missions http://www.europarl.europa.eu/intcoop/election_observation/missions/20081205electionobmissions_en.pdf (accessed on 14 April 2010)
The European Parliament - working for you http://www.europarl.europa.eu/pdf/welcome_brochures/for_you/working_for_you_en.pdf (accessed on 14 April 2010)
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