Democracy Support and Election Coordination Group (DEG)

MEPs David McAllister and Linda McAvan talk to one another during a meeting the European Parliament

MEPs David McAllister and Linda McAvan © European Union - European Parliament

The European Parliament has created a dedicated group of MEPs who oversee the Parliament's efforts to support democracy beyond the EU .

This group, called the Democracy Support and Election Coordination Group (DEG), is headed by the chairs of

  • the Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET), and
  • the Development Committee (DEVE).

The group consists of 15 Members, including the Chair of the Conference of Delegation Chairs, the Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) and the Vice-Presidents responsible for the Sakharov Prize and for Human Rights and Democracy.

Together, they work to ensure that all their colleagues' efforts are coherent and effective.

The DEG's mandate and composition was decided by the European Parliament's Conference of Presidents on 13 September 2012. At the same time, the Conference of Presidents defined the criteria and procedures for election observation delegations.

Composition of the Democracy Support and Election Coordination Group (DEG)

Co-Chairs:
  • Mr David McALLISTER (Chair AFET, EPP)
  • Mr Tomas TOBÉ (Chair DEVE, EPP)
Members:
  • Mr Michael GAHLER (EPP)
  • Mr György HÖLVÉNYI (EPP)
  • Ms Kati PIRI (S&D)
  • Ms Isabel SANTOS (S&D)
  • Ms Inma RODRÍGUEZ-PIÑERO (Chair CDC, S&D)
  • Ms Izaskun BILBAO BARANDICA (RENEW)
  • Mr Urmas PAET (RENEW)
  • Ms Viola VON CRAMON-TAUBADEL (GREENS/EFA)
  • Mr Thierry MARIANI (ID)
  • Ms Anna FOTYGA (ECR)
  • Ms Marisa MATIAS (GUE/NGL)
Ex-officio Members (without voting rights):
  • Ms Maria ARENA (Chair DROI, S&D)
  • Ms Heidi HAUTALA (Vice-President responsible for the Sakharov network and for Human Rights and Democracy,  Greens/EFA)
  • Mr Fabio Massimo CASTALDO (Vice-President responsible for Human Rights and Democracy, NI),

Meetings

The Democracy Support and Election Coordination Group meets approximately once a month.

14 March 2019

13 December 2018

25 October 2018

13 September 2018

14 June 2018

24 April 2018

15 March 2018

18 January 2018

14 December 2017

16 November 2017

14 September 2017

06 July 2017

29 May 2017

06 April 2017

16 March 2017

16 February 2017