EU Countries: Elections

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 26 April 2024.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Shadow Minister (Exports)

To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, whether his Department monitors the role of external state actors in influencing electoral outcomes in the EU.

Photo of Nusrat Ghani Nusrat Ghani Minister of State (Minister for Europe)

International partners, including in the EU, could be at risk of attempts by foreign states to interfere in elections. Collaboration with international partners, including in the EU, is an essential part of countering these risks. Through the UK's Defending Democracy Ministerial Taskforce, FCDO officials have engaged with partners, including Austria, Romania, and France, to share best practice and identify opportunities for future joint work to build resilience against interference in our democratic processes. FCDO regularly updates to the Taskforce's Ministerial meetings on key risks, learnings, and responses from international elections to inform the UK's election preparations. The UK will continue to engage with international partners.

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