Creating Improved Capacities for International Peace Mediation

medaitEUr logoIn 2012, ECES and the European Forum for International Mediation and Dialogue (mediatEUr) organised an expert workshop on the joint discussion paper Missing a Trick? Building Bridges between EU Mediation and EU Electoral Support in Conflict-affected Countries.


The workshop was held on September 25th 2012 in Brussels. It was aimed at supporting the creation of greater linkages between conflict prevention and electoral assistance, as well as overall policy support to address these issues.


The specific objectives of this workshop were to:

  • Outline the complexities and opportunities for electoral observation, assistance, mediation and conflict resolution in the context of conflict and violence.
  • ​Generate recommendations to the EU to strengthen its capacity to better respond to electoral violence through mediation and conflict resolution measures.
  • Outline elements for a specialised training curriculum on electoral violence, electoral assistance, mediation and conflict resolution, as well as leadership development for electoral stakeholders and EU audiences.

This meeting is an integral part of the project Creating Improved Capacities for International Peace Mediation, implemented by MediatEUr and funded by the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


The conclusions of the workshop, as well as the contributions of participants from institutions and organisations such as the European Commission (EC), European External Action Service (EEAS), International Crisis Group (ICG), International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) and the Electoral Reform International Services (ERIS), have been published in a joint article prepared by ECES and MediatEUr.