Now, July has seen the first appearance of the document. It warned that “an adverse effect on credibility and reputation of EU” could occur if an observer team was sent due to the absence of democratic guarantees.
Brussels (European News Agency).- The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Policy Josep Borrell (Josep Borrell) decided to launch an observer mission to Venezuela’s municipal elections in November, despite his team’s report to the contrary because of the situation in Venezuela “Very unstable”, and because it values other factors, such as opposition candidates participating in elections.
“It’s wrong for the high rep to ignore the expert’s advise (…). The report was submitted in the summer, and many incidents took place until the decision was made in September,” Borel’s spokesperson Peter Stadt Connaught said.
The spokesperson said that in the eyes of Borel’s department, the observer mission is a “contribution” to Venezuela’s peaceful settlement efforts, and clarified that “if there are any changes, the mission can be withdrawn”.
Stano replied to a confidential European External Action Agency report (EEAS), published in the Financial Times newspaper last Jul. It was dated after an exploratory trip to Venezuela. Experts recommend not to perform election observation tasks in this document. There is a risk that the report could be used to discredit Nicolas Maduro’s regime.
The document that has now appeared, when the mission has begun, warned in July that if the observer team is dispatched, it “may have an adverse effect on the credibility and reputation of the EU” because of the lack of democratic guarantees and because it will help indirectly Legitimize the “Chavez” regime.
Stano stressed, however at a Brussels press conference, that this controversial report was just one of the factors Borrell considered when making a final decision. It was based upon other factors that had already taken place. It was a signed agreement with the Venezuelan National Electoral Commission in order to ensure that European observers work in compliance with EU standards.
“The situation is very unstable,” said the spokesperson for European diplomacy, insisting that it is a complex process in which other factors can be beneficial to the mission such as the impact of candidates from the European Union. The opposition will be allowed to participate or to remove restrictions that were placed on certain opposition parties.
According to parliamentary sources, at the same time, the European People’s Party attempted to include a item on the agenda for the plenary meeting the European Parliament next Wednesday to force a debate about the disputed electoral task with Borrell. However, this was unsuccessful. Informed Europa Press.
Although the “popular” made a shift in the agenda for the presidential meeting on Thursday, it was not compatible with most groups, including liberals and socialists. It only added the European Conservative Party (and reforms) to the agenda. The support of ECR groups-where Vox is-and the far right of identity and democracy.