Accompanying the growing attention to the field of electoral assistance from both the international community and from the beneficiary countries organizing their electoral events regularly, a number of dedicated and skilled professionals, identified the need to create an European-Brussels based operational centre of excellence to deliver electoral support.
ECES began its first real large endeavours at the beginning of 2012 by delivering face-to-face and distance training to the 10 electoral management bodies of the ECCAS (Economic Community of Central African States) and by supporting the local elections processes in Libya. Since then, ECES signed more than 70 projects in support of transparent, credible and cost-effective electoral processes and the strengthening of democratic institutions in more than 35 countries mainly, but not exclusively, in Africa and Middle East. In addition to that, the founders and personnel of ECES have acquired extensive field experience and, taken together, ECES can count on a specific knowledge and a well-established network in over 70 countries around the world as indicated in the map below.
ECES works in the context of European Framework Contract Beneficiaries (FWC) for the period 2013-2017, being part of the consortiums of the consortium of LOT 7 and LOT 12 to provide short-term expertise in the field of electoral observation and electoral assistance.
Furthermore, ECES, also, collaborates closely with several regional electoral networks, such as: the RECEF (the Electoral Knowledge Network of the French Speaking countries worldwide), the ECF-SADC (Electoral Commission Forum of the Southern African Development Community), the ECONEC (the Economic Community of West African States), the National Electoral Commissions of ECOWAS, the Electoral Knwoledge Network of the Central African States (RESEAC) and the SADC Electoral Support Network that comprises the platforms of the Civil Society Organisations dealing with Election Observation in the SADC countries.
ECES has a Management Board and a Management Unit with the Board supervising and setting the strategy and goals of the Management Unit. Fabio Bargiacchi is the member of the Management Board and since the beginning, August 2011, he also serves as Executive Director of the Management Unit. The Executive Director is supported in his tasks by a Coordination Cell composed by Eva Palmans (Head of Programmes), Jose Lambiza (Head of Finance & Administration) Camille Rouaud (Programmes Coordinator) and Victoria Florinder (Electoral Conflict Management Advisor).
Click here to see orgranigrammes and the full bios of ECES Management Board and ECES Management Unit members and all ECES associates collaborating withinin the context of projects.
Being the European Union one of the most important ECES interlocutors, and because of the shared overarching value of transparency and accountability, our organisation is part of the EU transparency register, an initiative designed to make EU decision-making more open. The register is managed by the 'Joint Transparency Register Secretariat (JTRS)' comprising staff from Parliament and the Commission.
This transparency register is a public website where organisations representing particular interests at EU level register and up-to-date information about those interests. The EU transparency register also provide open information on what interests are being represented at EU level, who represent such interest and the related budget to lobby activities. Within this context, ECES endorsed the Code of Conduct governing relations of interest representatives with the EU institutions.
In addition to that, ECES is also register on the Potential Applicant Data On-Line Registration (PADOR), an on-line database in which organisations register as potential applicants to calls and regularly update their information in view to ease the evaluation of their operational and financial capacity, as well as their eligibility to participate in calls for proposals.
In order to ensure the highest efficiency of activities' implementation as well as an efficient internal management, ECES counts on a solid and consolidated network of external partners for the Legal and Financial aspects, as well as for the management of Human resources, Insurance and Information, Communication and Technology (ICTs) related matters.