In response to an invitation from the President of Kosovo, the European Union (EU) has decided to establish an EU Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to observe the local elections scheduled for 17 October 2021.
Josep Borrell, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, has appointed Mr Lukas Mandl, Member of the European Parliament, as the EUM’s 2021 Chief Observer in Kosovo. The mission began to be deployed in Kosovo in early September.
High Representative / Vice President Josep Borrell said: “The European Union remains committed and committed to supporting Kosovo on its European path and strengthening its democratic governance. For the third time now, we will observe the municipal elections in Kosovo through an EU Election Observation Mission. I believe that the presence of the Mission will contribute to a comprehensive, credible and transparent electoral process, and will assist the necessary future electoral reform efforts. We look forward to continuing to work with the Kosovo authorities to strengthen the electoral process, in line with the findings and recommendations of our successive missions. ”
Lead observer Mr Lucas Mandl said: “I am pleased to be entrusted with the responsibility of leading this EU EOM. I am confident that the mission will add value to the electoral process. I look forward to meeting and engaging on the ground with the authorities, political parties, candidates, civil society and other electoral actors. “
The EU EOM Main Team, consisting of 10 election experts, arrived in Pristina on 5 September. By mid-September, 22 long-term observers will join the mission and deploy across the country. The mission will be reinforced with short-term observers on election day. The EU EOM will remain in place until the end of the election process, including for a possible second round of mayoral elections on 14 November.
In line with the EU election observation methodology, the mission will issue a preliminary statement and hold a press conference in Pristina shortly after the election. The final report, which will include a set of recommendations for future electoral processes, will be presented and shared with stakeholders upon completion of the entire electoral process.