Jean-Claude Mignon welcomes the election of the new President and announces a visit to the country
Strasbourg, 16.03.2012 – The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Jean-Claude Mignon, has welcomed the election, in a vote in parliament this morning, of the new President of the Republic of Moldova.
“I would like to congratulate Nicolae Timofti wholeheartedly on his election as President of the Republic of Moldova. It will be my pleasure to be able to wish him every success during a visit to his country from 2 to 5 April.
Republic of Moldova: PACE monitors again urge parties to elect a President - then agree constitutional change to avoid future deadlock
Lise Christoffersen (Norway, SOC) and Piotr Wach (Poland, EPP/CD), PACE’s co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of the Republic of Moldova, have again urged the country’s political parties to elect a President without delay, and to seek consensus on any future constitutional changes to avoid future deadlock.
In an information note made public today, they strongly regretted that party leaders had failed, for the past two and half years, to reach a compromise on electing a President. Leaders should also work within the legal framework and refrain from challenging the legitimacy of democratic institutions, they warned.
The members of the Board of Observers of “Teleradio-Moldova” studied the working models of similar bodies in EU countries
Chisinau, 5 March 2012 – The European standards and models in organisation of activity of supervisory boards of public service broadcasters was the focus of a training seminar organised on 1-2 March 2012 for the members of the Board of Observers of the public broadcaster “Teleradio-Moldova” in the framework of the Joint Programme between the Council of Europe and the European Union “Promoting freedom, professionalism and pluralism of the media in the South Caucasus and Moldova”.
The training featured presentations and practical exercises by Mr. Dainius Radzevicius, Chairman of Lithuanian Radio and Television Council and Chairman of Lithuanian Journalists Union.
The expert presented to the members of the Board of Observers of the public broadcaster “Teleradio-Moldova” the working models of similar bodies in the European Union member states, especially in the Baltic States.
Gender equality is central to the societies we must build
Strasbourg, 07.03.2012 – “Promoting equality between women and men must be at the heart of everything we do,” asserted Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. "We cannot achieve democracy and lasting peace unless women acquire the same opportunities as men to influence developments at all levels of society," he said.
This week the Council of Europe is looking at the role of women in the Arab Spring and involving key female figures and activists from the region. Women were involved at every stage of the movements for change and took a stand in the interest of civil society across the region.
Nils Muižnieks from Latvia elected new Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
Strasbourg, 24.01.2012 – Nils Muižnieks (Latvia) was today elected third Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights by the Organisation’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) at its plenary session in Strasbourg.
Mr Muižnieks was elected for a non-renewable term of six years starting on 1 April 2012.
Mr Muižnieks obtained 120 of the votes cast in the first round, an absolute majority. Frans Timmermans (Netherlands) obtained 92 votes and Pierre-Yves Monette (Belgium) 27. Read more...>>