Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Election Monitoring Missions
37. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if the names of the observers appointed to the most recent election observer roster will be made available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2691/20]
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade administers and maintains a roster of suitably skilled individuals who are available to deploy on international election observation missions organised, in the main, by the European Union (EU) and the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE-ODIHR).
A new roster was put in place in January 2019. Throughout 2019 the persons shortlisted to that roster underwent training and security vetting. Subject to pending clarification of the Department's obligations under the EU General Data Protection Regulation GDPR., it is my intention that the list of names of members of the new roster will be attached to the public record.