One of the ways the EU promotes and supports democracy outside Europe is by observing elections abroad.
Electoral assistance consists of technical or material support for the electoral process, for example to establish a legal framework for the elections or providing voting material and equipment.
In the last five years, the EU has spent almost 400 million euros on electoral assistance in over 40 countries.
Election observation involves monitoring the election through observers on the ground. Their presence adds credibility, strengthens public confidence in the electoral process and deters fraud. Since 2000, the EU has deployed 67 missions with over 4,000 experts and observers.