Strasbourg, 04.07.2013 – Is democracy in crisis? Judging by the sometimes record levels of voter abstention, public distrust of leaders – fed by increasing numbers of corruption scandals – and the rise in anti-system parties, the gap between institutions and the public is widening. Traditional modes of public participation are giving way to social media which make the public directly accessible to politicians and activists at all times. They foster interest-based communities, but struggle to provide a platform for a coherent democratic debate.
While the social media have fuelled citizen protest movements and democratic revolutions, can they really help to revive representative democracy and everyday governance? What future lies ahead for the traditional forms of participation? How can new and traditional forms of participation complement each other?
TV and Radio journalists from both sides of Nistru/Dnestr river trained in programme production
CHISINAU, 25 June 2013 – About 40 journalists from both banks of Nistru/Dnestr river were trained on how to efficiently apply the international standards and new trends in Radio and TV programme production during two basic trainings organised in the framework of the Council of Europe Programme “Confidence-building measures across the river Nistru/Dniester” with support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
The 3-day training on preparing, planning and managing quality radio programmes brought together about 20 radio journalists from public broadcaster Teleradio-Moldova and regional Transnistrian broadcaster Radio Pridnestrovie. The international experts presented and discussed with participants the examples of different radio programme formats broadcasted by European radio channels and provided assistance and advise to the participants in redesigning the existing radio programmes in line with international standards.
MOLDOVA speaks up for better drug treatment services and against social exclusion of prisoners
During three major events in Chisinau an Open Air Concert entitled “Music is my Drug”, a medical forum on drug dependency treatment and HIV prevention as well as an educative quiz for prisoners – young people, health care professionals and decision makers called for improving drug treatment services and fighting the stigma of people who use drugs, including people who are imprisoned. The events had been jointly organised by the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) under the auspices of the National Drug Control Committee and in partnership with the NGO “Positive Initiative”.
Secretary General Jagland’s comments on his meeting with Nicolae Timofti, President of the Republic of Moldova
Strasbourg, 2 July 2013,
"I was very pleased to have met today Nicolae Timofti, the President of the Republic of Moldova. The expectations of Moldova's partners and friends are high and the President bears the challenging responsibility of consensus-building and bridging the divisions running deep in Moldovan society.
We had a very open and constructive discussion of the forthcoming reform agenda. First and foremost it is important to rebuild the citizens' trust in their public institutions and law-enforcement structures, by ensuring that they become independent and remain outside the influence of political parties.
10th European Conference of Electoral Management Bodies
Strasbourg, 21.06.2013 – The Venice Commission and the Central Election Commission of the Republic of Moldova organise the 10th European Conference of Electoral Management Bodies which is taking place on 26-27 June 2013 in Chişinău. Strengths and developments of the Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters – will be at the core of the conference’s plenary sessions and working groups discussions.
More than 100 participants, representatives of 26 countries and 4 international institutions will be joining the event. President of the Republic of Moldova Nicolae Timofti will be opening the conference. Moldovan Minister of Justice, Presidents of the Constitutional Court and the Central Election Commission as well as the Permanent Representative of Poland to the Council of Europe Ambassador Ursula Gacek are announced to speak. The Venice Commission will be represented by its Hungarian member, President of the Constitutional Court of Hungary Péter Paczolay.