The Superior Electoral Court (TSE), represented by the Secretary General of the Presidency, Luciano Fuck, and the Head of International Affairs, Ciro Leal Martins da Cunha, participated on 26 June in the 12th Extraordinary Session of the Council of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA International). The meeting, which took place at IDEA's headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, discussed the current challenges and opportunities for democracy in the world with a view to drafting the Institute's 2018-2022 Strategy.
The Brazilian delegation has held a bilateral meeting with the Secretary General of International IDEA and former Prime Minister of Belgium, Yves Leterme. After the negotiations, the parties decided to move towards the creation of a joint center of excellence at the Court's headquarters in Brasilia, focusing on the international dissemination of good electoral practices in Brazil, particularly in the area of information technology.
Brazil formally joined International IDEA in April 2016. Since December of that year, it has also been a member of the Institute's Steering Committee. Created in 1995, IDEA aims to provide technical assistance, to develop studies and research on electoral processes, democracy and development. The Institute, which currently has 30 member states, is funded by voluntary contributions from members and different organizations, such as the European Commission, the United Nations Development Program and the Inter-American Development Bank.