APA reports quoting OSCE PA press service that four months after declaring the 1997 Co-operation Agreement no longer operable, the Assembly today reactivated the agreement and said it needed to be applied to ensure that the OSCE speaks with one voice in assessing elections among its 57 participating States.
The OSCE PA’s leadership accepted the recommendation of the Ad Hoc Committee on Transparency and Reform of the OSCE, led by Francois-Xavier de Donnea (Belgium) that the 1997 agreement be applied to the upcoming election observations in Bulgaria and Albania. The committee has worked since February toward improving co-operation in election observation. The Assembly will evaluate the experiences of those election observation missions at the Annual Session in July in Istanbul.
The above-mentioned agreement was signed in 1997. OSCE PA and OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) separately assessed election process during last 4 months when agreement was no operable.