Following an official invitation from all 27 European Union member states, the OSCE/ODIHR has deployed a group of experts to assess the 4-7 June elections to the European Parliament.
The 22 experts, headed by Vadim Zhdanovich of Russia, will assess pan-European election matters - as well as relevant national legal frameworks, the work of election administrations and the conduct of the campaign - in 15 selected member states.
The experts will not observe election day proceedings.
The expert visit will start on 12 May and will cover the following countries: Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
The group will split up into teams of, on average, four experts, with each team visiting three countries ahead of the elections.
The experts' findings will be included in a report which will be published several weeks after election day.
ODIHR issued a pre-election overview on the European Parliament elections in 2004.