March 8, 2023 Committees / Intergroup


Tonino Picula will be the head of the EP delegation that will observe the implementation of the presidential elections in Montenegro on March 19 this year.

The seven-member mission of the European Parliament will arrive in Montenegro on Thursday, March 16. In Podgorica, he will hold meetings with the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for European Security and Cooperation OSCE/ODIHR, the permanent representative of the European Union in Montenegro Ioanna Popa, as well as with the ambassadors of the member states of the European Union accredited in Montenegro, and other international organizations in Montenegro, such as the mission of the Council of Europe.

"The elections that will be held in Montenegro in a little more than two weeks will certainly be marked by the polarization that has been paralyzing the political life of the most advanced candidate country for EU membership for more than two years. It is up to us as a mission to monitor the legality of the implementation of the elections, as well as the circumstances of their implementation," announced Picula.

Picula and members of the mission will hold a meeting with representatives of local and international organizations on the topics of electoral legislation and monitoring the implementation of the electoral process, with whom they will analyze candidate campaigns, as well as media coverage of the election. He will also meet with the candidates for president of Montenegro. On election day itself, they will observe the implementation of the elections in Podgorica.

With colleagues from the Council of Europe and OSCE/ODIHR, on the Monday after the elections, they will hold a meeting with a preliminary analysis of the results, followed by a joint press conference where they will evaluate the implementation of the elections.

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