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Brussels, 15 June 2006

European Union deploys Election Observation Mission to Mexico

The European Commission is deploying an EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) to the Presidential and legislative elections in Mexico, both scheduled to take place on 2 July. The decision to observe these polls comes in response to an invitation from the Instituto Federal Electoral (Election Federal Institute), which was unanimously supported by all political parties and government bodies. It testifies to the excellent state of EU-Mexico bilateral relations. The Mission will be led by José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Member of the European Parliament.

The Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, said: “After careful considerations, I have decided to send this mission to Mexico, having in mind our growing links and our excellent relations. These polls are expected to be the most competitive in the recent political history of the country and an important moment in the process of consolidation of the Mexican democracy.”

The EOM Core Team, in support of the Chief Observer, comprises 9 election experts and has been deployed to Mexico since early June. They will be shortly joined by 66 Long-Term Observers, who will be deployed throughout the country to observe the campaign period and pre-election preparations as well as Election Day and the post-election period.

EU EOMs, funded under the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), are an important instrument for supporting the democratic processes in a country and are deployed in line with the EU’s commitment to promote democracy, human rights and the respect for the rule of law. EU election observation missions are independent and professional, and for this reason their findings are widely seen as credible and trustworthy.

The EU and Mexico have established an intense political dialogue and enhance their economic cooperation especially in the last 2 years, based on 1997 Global Agreement.

For additional information, see also:

EU Election Assistance & Observation:

European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights:

The EU's relations with Mexico:

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