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EU Election Observation Missions

How to apply?

Two different approaches are open to former MEPs wishing to apply for EU Election Observation Missions. The approach most likely to succeed is via your national Government. You will find the focal point list at the following address:

Each Member State selects and proposes qualified national candidates for the positions of Long-Term (4 to 6 weeks) or Short-Term (8 to 15 days) Observers. The European Commission remains in charge of final selection but continues to maintain its special agreement with Member States by giving priority to candidates presented by their Ministries.

The second option is to apply for EOM's Core Team experts for missions are directly recruited by the Commission. These experts are recruited for a period from 3 to 4 months on the bases of a service contract. These positions are published on the EEAS website and require either previous experience in observation missions or special skills and knowledge.

In both cases, the applicant shall complete an electronic CV in the Roster (register) on the EEAS webiste:

The CV must be regularly updated in the Roster and the candidate has to submit an application for each call for observers (Long-term or Short-term Observer or Core team experts) published on the EEAS or on national governments' webiste.

Attention, there are exceptions for some nationalities: Belgian, Estonian, French, German, Irish, Italian, Spanish and Swedish. You can consult the EEAS website on that subject: 

Could you please inform the FMA, if in the past you have participated in EU election observation missions and inform us if you have had any problems during the selections process and also inform us if you intend to take part in such missions in the future.

For more information, you can read the Handbook for EU Election Observation:


The Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI) of the European Commission (EC) launched a tender to enable the continuation of the election observation programme under the new name ‘Election Observation and Democratic Support (EODS)’. 

Credible election observation requires to continuously improve the methodology for election observation, and this dynamic nature and constant improvement means that organisations involved in election observation continue to meet emerging challenges in the field. The EODS project reflects the fact that the EU continues to develop and further consolidate its own methodology, to remain at the forefront of international observation.

Moreover, the EODS proposes training sessions for the observers.

You may find further information about EODS here.