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Implementation of Democracy Support
20 June 2013
DEVCO B1 Democracy Team
EU Support to Democracy: a Policy
Framework in Evolution
• 2009: Council conclusions on Democracy Support in the
EU's External Relations: EU Agenda for Democracy Support
• 2011: "Increasing the impact of EU Development Policy: an
Agenda for Change" (COM 2011)
• Responding to recent challenges and developments such as
the “Arab Spring” – Neighborhood policy adjustment
• Human rights, democracy and other key elements of good
governance as one of the 2 priorities of EU cooperation
• 2012: EU Strategic Framework on Human Rights and
Democracy  Action Plan, pilot countries, profiles
• Democracy support has never been higher on our
agenda
Key Areas for Democracy Support
•
•
Promoting credible electoral processes (fair, free & transparent)
Civic Education: Human Rights and Democracy Masters, etc.
building a culture of democracy, educating voters and politicians
• Supporting freedom of expression and an independent, viable
and professional media: on- and offline
• Strengthening parliaments and their ability to interact with civil
society and the media
• Supporting political pluralism and political parties
• Strengthening domestic accountability mechanisms
EU Electoral Support
• Electoral assistance is the technical or material support
given to the electoral process
• Election observation is the political complement to election
assistance
Electoral
Election
• Technically
speaking, they are different activities
but essentially
Assistance
Observation
they should be considered and programmed in a complementary
manner
Electoral Cycle Approach
AUDITS &
EVALUATIONS
INSTITUTIONAL
STRENGTHENING &
PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT
COMPLAINTS &
APPEALS
TABULATION
OF RESULTS
ELECTORAL
BODIES
ARCHIVING &
RESEARCH
POST
ELECTION
CODES OF
CONDUCT
LEGAL
FRAMEWORK
ELECTION CALENDAR
THE
ELECTORAL
CYCLE
PLANNING &
IMPLEMENTATION
ELECTORAL REGISTRATION
CAMPAIGN & NOMINATIONS
CAMPAIGN
COORDINATIO
PARTY
N
FINANCING
BREACHES &
PENALTIES
MEDIA
ACCESS
CODES OF
CONDUCT
CIVIC EDUCATION
VOTER
INFORMATION
VOTER
REGISTRATION
OBSERVER
ACCREDITATION
PARTIES &
CANDIDATES
LOGISTICS &
SECURITY
OPERATIONAL
TRAINING FOR
ELECTION
OFFICIALS
TRAINING &
EDUCATION
VOTING
SPECIAL &
EXTERNAL
VOTING
BUDGETING,
FUNDING &
FINANCING
RECRUITMENT &
PROCUREMENT
VERIFICATION
OF RESULTS
VOTING
OPERATIONS &
ELECTION DAY
VOTE
COUNTING
LEGISLATION
LEGAL REFORM
VOTERS’ LISTS
UPDATE
OFFICIAL
RESULTS
CONSTITUTION
Electoral Support anno 2013
• Diversifying cooperation with all
relevant national actors engaged in
electoral process, including media and
civil society
• Implementing electoral cycle approach
• A comprehensive approach to
democracy: multi-actor and long-term
• Intensifying follow-up of EOM
recommendations
• Role of EC UNDP Joint Task Force
EU Democracy support: now and tomorrow
• Stimulating or supporting demand side of Democracy (dialogue,
networking, and EIDHR)
• Follow up EOMs + link with electoral assistance + domestic observation
• CBSS EIDHR support guidelines focused also on democracy support
• Adopt democracy profiles and democracy action plans (pilot countries)
• In emerging democracies move towards an integrated,
comprehensive and sustained approach to democracy support
• Make it one of the priority/focal areas in development cooperation
programming (2014-2020)
• Increased complementarity between different instruments and
different programmes – political dialogue, incentives and support
DevCo B1 Democracy Team:
How Can We Help You?
• Policy formulation in democracy support
• Practical guidance and documentation of lessons learned and
good practices
• Development of reference guides and practical tools  Studies
• Support missions (identification and formulation)
• Trainings and seminars
• Development of a training packae on democracy support
• Knowledge sharing: Capacity4dev
Thank you for your attention
The Democracy Team of Devco B1
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