Council of Europe Congress to observe local elections in Ukraine

Date: 28 October to 2 November 2010

Location: Ukraine

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will observe local elections in Ukraine, on 31 October 2010.

On 29 and 30 October the delegation will hold meetings in Kiev and in some regions with representatives from government, opposition, electoral bodies, NGOs and media.

Amongst the meetings requested by the delegation are the Presidential Administration and the Minister of Regional Development and Construction of Ukraine, Volodymyr Yatsuba. Meetings have been confirmed with the Chairman of the Parliament (Verkhovna Rada), Volodymyr Lytvyn; Deputy Head of the Central Election Commission, Andrij Magera; representatives of political parties; the Foundation for Local Self-government in Ukraine; as well as with ODHIR and other international organisations.  

On 29 October, the delegation will divide into eleven teams and deploy to several cities including Odessa, Lviv, Simferopol and Kharkiv. There, they will meet with elected representatives,  candidates and NGOs on 30 October and observe the elections on 31 October.


Gudrun Mosler-Törnström, Austria (R, SOC) will head the delegation, which will also include four members of the European Union’s Committee of the Regions as a part of the cooperation agreement between the two institutions. Nigel Mermagen, United Kingdom (L, ILDG) will be the Rapporteur of the mission and Doreen Huddart, United Kingdom, (ALDE) the speaker of the Committee of the Regions.

A pre-election mission was carried out at the beginning of October in Kiev to assess the situation in the country prior to the elections. On this occasion, Congress members met representatives of electoral bodies, representatives of government and Parliament, as well as opposition representatives including Yuliya Tymoshenko.

The delegation will present its preliminary findings during a press conference scheduled for Monday 1 November at 15:00 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Kiev (Radisson Blu Hotel, Yaroslaviv Val str. 22, Kiev 01034).


The delegation

Mrs Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM Austria (R, SOC) - Head of the Delegation

Mr Nigel MERMAGEN, United Kingdom (L, ILDG) - Rapporteur

Mrs BOZATLI Hande Özsan, Turkey (R, EPP/CD )

Mr Devrim CUKUR,  Turkey (R, SOC)

Mrs Dusica DAVIDOVIC, Serbia (R, NR)

Mr Henry FERAL, France (L, EPP/CD)

Mr Volkram GEBEL, Germany (L, EPP/CD)

Mr Gintautas GEGUZINSKAS, Lithuania (R, EPP/CD)

Mrs Jon HERMANS-VLOEDBELD, The Netherlands (L, ILDG)

Mr Günther KRUG , Germany (R, SOC)

Mr Hannu  KEMPPAINEN, Finland (L, ILDG)

Mr Francis LEC, France (L, SOC)

Mr Vladimir NOVIKOV, Russian Federation (L, NR)

Mr Petru Radu PAUN JURA, Romania, (L, ILDG)

Mr Emin YERITSYAN, Armenia (L, EPP/CD)

EU Committe of the Regions

Mr Joseph CORDINA, Malta (PES)

Mrs Doreen HUDDART, United Kingdom, (ALDE) – speaker of the Committee of the Regions

Mr Teet KALLASVEE, Estonia (EPP)

Mr Brian MEANEY, Ireland (EA)

Congress Secretariat

Renate ZIKMUND, Head of the Congress Division of Communication, International Relations and Election Observation,

Antonella CAGNOLATI, Congress Director

Nichola HOWSON,  Assistant to the Ukrainian election mission

Pauline CADÉAC, Assistant to the Ukrainian election mission

Press contacts on the spot:

Renate Zikmund, Head of the Congress Division of Communication, International Relations and Election Observation, tel. +33 6 59 78 64 55; renate.zikmund@coe.int

Council of Europe Office in Kiev, Tel:. +380 44 2344084, http://www.coe.kiev.ua/

More information is available at www.coe.int/congress-elections