Since 2015, the Council of Europe has been implementing electoral assistance projects in Ukraine. The project "Reform of the electoral practice in Ukraine" was implemented within the framework of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine 2015–2017. The current project "Supporting the transparency, inclusiveness and integrity of electoral practice in Ukraine" is being implemented within the framework of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine 2018 – 2022 and supervised by the Division of elections and civil society (DGII) of the Council of Europe. The above-mentioned Action Plan, similar to the previous documents, is a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the Ukrainian authorities. They are aimed at supporting Ukraine in fulfilling its statutory and specific obligations as a member state of the Council of Europe and at contributing to the assuring fundamental human rights and the rule of law in Ukraine.
Based on 2018 Memorandum of cooperation signed between the Council of Europe and the Central Election Commission, the project is aimed at increasing public trust towards the Central Election Commission of Ukraine (CEC), electoral process and its results, both nationally and locally.


 The project activities are intended to:

  • raise the capacity of national authorities to organise elections in accordance with the European and international electoral standards;
  • promote the use of modern approaches and technologies in organisation and conduct of electoral process in accordance with the European electoral and human rights standards;
  • raise the political and legal culture of participants of electoral process, in particular, voters;
  • strengthen the capacity of women, young voters, national minorities to actively participate in political and public decision-making processes;
  • support domestic election observation in line with European good practices and standards.

The Project activities during its Phase II, which is currently implemented, are aimed at:

  • ensuring modernization and gender mainstreaming in the election management processes;
  • strengthening participation and inclusivity of political and electoral processes;
  • forming a more enabling environment for increased women participation in political and public life.

The Project main national partner is the Central Election Commission which is composed of 17 members appointed by the Parliament upon the nomination of the President of Ukraine. The current composition of the CEC was appointed for the 7-years term by the Parliament in October 2019.


Who are our partners?

Throughout the implementation of the electoral assistance projects in Ukraine, many organizations from various sectors have become our partners in strengthening and contributing to more fair, transparent and inclusive electoral practice in the country. They encompass public authorities at various levels, including the legislative, executive and judicial branches of power, higher education institutions, NGOs, international intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. In particular, a number of project activities have been organised in close collaboration with other Council of Europe projects and programmes, both within and outside Ukraine. Key partners in the achieving current project's goals and objectives are:

  • Central Election Commission;
  • Supreme Court and administrative judiciary;
  • National School of Judges of Ukraine;
  • National Council of Ukraine for Television and Radio Broadcasting;
  • Parliamentary Sub-committee on Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination;
  • Parliamentary Interfaction Union "Equal Opportunities";
  • non-governmental organizations "Institute of Election Law", "Commission on Journalism Ethics", "Human Rights Platform", "Ukrainian Media and Communication Institute", "StopFake", "Women's Rights Protection League "Harmony Of Equals"; "Election Law Institute";
  • UA: Ukrainian Radio;
  • projects of the Council of Europe "Strengthening freedom of media, access to information and reinforcing public broadcasting system in Ukraine", "Supporting constitutional and legal reforms, constitutional justice and assisting the Verkhovna Rada in conducting reforms aimed at enhancing its efficiency", "Assistance in reforming electoral legislation and conducting constitutional reform", as well as "The Istanbul Convention: a tool to advance in fighting violence against women and domestic violence in Ukraine".
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Through its actions and activities in Ukraine, our Division contributes to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 5 and 16 as well as indirectly to a number of others.


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