Local elections in Ukraine: The Congress carries out a pre-election mission in Kiev
On 11 and 12 October, a Congress delegation, headed by Gudrun Mosler-Törnström (Austria, SOC), carried out a pre-electoral mission to Kiev, Ukraine, for the upcoming local elections which are scheduled on 31 October 2010. On 11 October, the delegation met with senior officials including Vice-Prime Minister Viktor Tykhonov, Minister for Foreign Affairs Kostyantynn Gryshchenko, as well as Deputy Head of the Central Election Commission Andrij Magera and other members of the Commission. In addition, the delegation held meetings with Yuriy Kluchkovskiy, Member of the Parliament and Deputy Head of the Committee on State Building and Local Self-Government, with OSCE Ambassador in Ukraine Lubomir Kobaj and with representatives from different Ukrainian self-government associations.

The preparations of the forthcoming elections and, in particular, the situation in respect of the new law on local elections adopted by the Parliament last summer, were at the center of the discussions.

On 12 October the Congress pre-election delegation had an exchange of views with representatives of NGOs who will be domestic observers for these elections (Opora and Committee of Voters of Ukraine), representatives of the opposition parties and the media as well as of the international community, including NDI and IRI. In addition, a meeting has been scheduled with the head of the leader of the opposition, Yuliya Tymoshenko.

From 28 October to 1 November, the Congress - as the only international observer - will deploy an election observation delegation of 25 observers, including members of the EU Committee of the Regions, in the country to observe the elections.