Press release - CG012(2012)

Council of Europe Congress to observe local elections in Serbia

Strasbourg 27 April 2012 - A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will observe the local elections in Serbia on 6 May 2012*.

Briefings are planned in Belgrade on 3 and 4 May, in particular with representatives of the Republic Electoral Commission, members of the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities as well as representatives of civil society, NGOs, the media and international organisations including OSCE/ODIHR.

Meetings have also been requested with representatives of the Ministry for Local Self-Government, the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights, and the Mayor of Belgrade, Dragan Dilas, as well as with mayoral candidates in Belgrade.

On 5 and 6 May, the Congress delegation will be deployed to several cities including Nis, Presevo, Vranje, Novi Pazar, Novi Sad and Sremska Mitrovica, Subotica and Kanija to meet with elected representatives and candidates and to observe the vote on 6 May.

Nigel Mermagen (United Kingdom, ILDG) will head the delegation, which will also include two members of the European Union’s Committee of the Regions as a part of the co-operation agreement between the two institutions.

A pre-election mission was carried out mid-April to assess the political situation, the campaign and the preparations for the vote, prior to these elections.

The Congress delegation will present its preliminary findings to the media on Monday 7 May 2012 in Belgrade (venue and time to be confirmed).

Members of the delegation


Maria Teresa ARCINIEGA ARROYO, Spain (NR),


Henry FERAL, France (EPP/CD)

György ILLES, Hungary ( ILDG)

Jüri LANDBERG, Estonia ( ILDG)

Nigel MERMAGEN, United Kingdom, (ILDG) Head of the delegation/Rapporteur.

Valentina ROSSI, San Marino (SOC)

Hannes WENINGER, Austria (SOC)


EU committee of the regions

Uno SILBERG, Estonia (EA)

Väino HALLIKMAGI, Estonia (ALDE) 

Congress Secretariat

Renate ZIKMUND – Head of the Division of Communication and Election Observation

Jane DUTTON-EARLY – Assistant to the Congress Election Observation Monitoring Mission/Serbia

Contacts on the spot:

Council of Europe Office in Belgrade, Tel: +381 11 71 555 00

Renate Zikmund, Tel.: + 33 659 786 455

* Presidential and parliamentary elections will be held on the same day and observed by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Communication Division of the Congress
of Local and Regional Authorities
Tel: +33 (0)3 90 21 48 95
Fax:+33 (0)3 88 41 27 51