The Europe Programme works both as a regional programme and as a liaison office to the European Union. In Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans, it supports democratic institutions at country level and through cross-regional exchanges. At its liaison office to the European Union, International IDEA champions sustainable democracy before the European Union institutions, the Belgian Government and other European democracy partners.
As a regional programme, the Europe team works with electoral commissions and other democratic oversight bodies in Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans. It sets up regular regional exchanges on cutting edge topics, from cybersecurity in elections to EU-enlargement. In Ukraine, International IDEA has been active since 2017, mostly on the topics of elections, money in politics and ICT & Democracy.
Since the start of Russia’s war of aggression, it has intensified its engagement in Ukraine, supporting both parliament and the Central Election Commission. In Moldova, Armenia and Georgia, International IDEA implements programmes on similarly innovative topics in partnership with a broad range of democratic oversight agencies. In the Western Balkans, its youngest focus, International IDEA has a presence in Albania that focuses on elections, ICT and transparency of political finance. In addition, the Institute regularly engages civil society across the region in discussions on democracy trends and the EU reform agenda.
International IDEA is a trusted partner of the European Union in support of democracy within the EU and globally. Its EU-funded projects are implemented in all world regions.
At its liaison office to the European Union in Brussels, International IDEA fosters the partnership with EU institutions through relationship building, advocacy for democracy policy, and EU resource mobilization. Our key goals are to impact EU decision-making and contribute to increasing the EU’s global footprint on democracy in collaboration with democracy partners.
In addition to the in-country support programmes, International IDEA implements several global and regional programmes in collaboration with the EU. International IDEA supports the Summit for Democracy process through its EU-funded Supporting Team Europe Democracy programme.
The Europe Programme collaborates closely with EU Council Presidents. In 2023, it implemented its Swedish Presidency project in support of democracy within the EU’s external policies.