Roundtables on Local finance benchmark and on Inter-municipal cooperation in Armenia, 13-15 April 2016, Yerevan, Armenia
The Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform organised an expert meeting and a workshop on Improving financial management through Local Finance Benchmarking (LFB) and introducing the LFB in Armenia on 13-14 of April and a Round table on Introducing inter-municipal cooperation in Armenia on 15 April 2016.
Round Table “Criminal Justice Responses to Prison Overcrowding in Moldova”
A Round Table “Criminal Justice Responses to Prison Overcrowding in Moldova” will take place on 22 April 2016, at the Radisson Blu Leogrand Hotel in Chisinau (Moldova).
The Round Table will bring together representatives of the Ministry of Justice, penitentiary service, People Ombudsman and other officials, as well as civil society and international organizations acting in Moldova with an aim of presenting and discussing results of the study on preventing / combating prison overcrowding in Moldova and other three countries of Eastern Partnership (Georgia, Ukraine and Armenia). The country-specific problems defined by the study will be highlighted, followed by very topical and open discussions. The participants will be encouraged to define the ways of cooperation in solving problems highlighted by the study.
CEPEJ SUPPORTS PILOT COURTS IN AZERBAIJAN AND MOLDOVA IN VIEW OF CONDUCTING SATISFACTION SURVEYS AIMED AT COURT USERS
A workshop on conducting court users’ satisfaction surveys was carried out by the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) on 17-18 March 2016 in Strasbourg, France, as part of the PCF co-operation projects with the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Moldova.*
The participants to the workshop, representing CEPEJ pilot courts and other justice stakeholders from Azerbaijan and Moldova, were introduced into the objectives and prerequisites of the dialogue with court users, primarily through conducting satisfaction surveys. CEPEJ pays particular attention to taking into account users’ expectations on the functioning of the courts and to conducting satisfaction surveys as a means to identify these expectations and to increase the quality of justice and courts. Judges and court managers should be aware and make use of this tool through cost-effective solutions for implementing surveys in regard to general court users (parties, victims etc.) and specific categories such as lawyers. In addition, an assessment of the pilot courts in Azerbaijan and Moldova carried out in the second half of 2015 revealed a certain instability of staff, which is an important factor for ensuring the quality of courts. Accordingly, conducting surveys and taking measures to improve the satisfaction of court staff was recommended as part of the CEPEJ court coaching programmes in both countries.
The Council of Europe Report with the reference to the Republic of Moldova on Human Rights on Internet has been endorsed by the national stakeholders
Moldovan stakeholders positively endorsed the Council of Europe report on Human Rights on the Internet in the Republic of Moldova, at a roundtable held on 30 March 2016. The aim of the Report was to assess whether national policies are in line with Council of Europe adopted standards (Recommendation (2014) 6 on the Human Rights Guide for Internet Users on Internet) and to raise awareness among public, private and civil sectors of these standards.
The report offers a new focus of judicial research and analysis on the emerging challenges of human rights, including those of children and youth in the digital environment in the Republic of Moldova, while meeting the national demands for information society development.
Steering Committee Meeting and Roundtable to present the court coaching reports by the CEPEJ experts
On 17 February 2016 the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) and Council of Europe Office in Moldova carried out of the first meeting of the Steering Committee for the Project "Strengthening the efficiency of justice and support to lawyer’s profession in Moldova". The Project is part of the CoE/EU Eastern Partnership Programmatic Cooperation Framework 2015-2017, financed by the European Union and the Council of Europe, and implemented by the Council of Europe. The event summoned the Project’s partners and justice sector stakeholders, such as the Ministry of Justice, Superior Council of Magistracy, Moldovan Bar Association, Supreme Court of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration. The meeting was attended by representatives of the European Union Delegation in Moldova, of donors’ community and of the civil society.