The European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) was set up in December 2012 in Warsaw through 13 independent European citizen election observation organizations.

The aim of EPDE is to support citizen election observation and to contribute to democratic election processes throughout Europe. EPDE improves the professional quality of its member organizations through peer-learning, tailored training and expert missions, and informs internationally about the findings of its member organizations.

EPDE encourages, trains and supports experts and citizens who stand up for transparent and equal suffrage wherever it is at risk in Europe – be it in the European Union’s member states, the Eastern Partnership countries, or the Russian Federation.

EPDE is a signatory of the Declaration of Global Principles for Nonpartisan Election Observation and Monitoring by Citizen Organizations and the Code of Conduct for Nonpartisan Election Observation. EPDE also is a member of the Global Network of Domestic Election Monitors (GNDEM).




EPDE is financially supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and the European Union.



German Ministry of Foreign Affairs
ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
The Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
European Commission
The Greens / EFA, European Parliament
Transparency International Armenia
EU-Russia Civil Society Forum
German Marshall Fund of the United States
Marion Donhoff Foundation
Open Russia Foundation
Foundation for German-Polish Cooperation



European Platform for Democratic Elections

Chair of Board

Stefanie Schiffer
European Exchange, Germany


Zofia Lutkiewicz
Political Accountability Foundation, Poland

Nino Dolidze
International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy, Georgia