Annual Report 2010 on the execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights
Strasbourg, 19.04.2011 – The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has today issued its fourth annual report on the supervision of the execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.
2010 was marked by a series of important events for the European Convention on Human Rights, including the Interlaken High Level Conference on the future of the European Court of Human Rights and the entry into force of Protocol No. 14. The year also witnessed the highest number of new cases transmitted to the Committee of Ministers for execution supervision since it started its supervision function - 1 710 new cases. The number of closed cases nevertheless reached 455 (240 in 2009), and the total number of pending cases was 9 325 (7 880 in 2009) by the end of the year. The compensations awarded to the victims of violations in the new cases in 2010 reach almost 64 million euros (54 million in 2009).
EU funded project contributes to the finalisation of TV “Moldova 1” virtual studio’s setting up process
Chisinau, 14 April 2011 – The Joint Programme between the European Union and the Council of Europe “Democracy Support Programme in Moldova” donated to the public broadcaster “Teleradio-Moldova” the specialised software and equipment for the virtual studio of TV “Moldova 1”.
The donated equipment and software – 3Designer Software (intuitive authoring software for creating real-time 3D&2D graphics and animations), 3D Max Software, video control monitors, LCD monitors, video distribution amplifiers, SDI distribution amplifiers etc. – complete the existing devices for the virtual studio, contributing to the finalisation of virtual studio’s setting up process, which started in 2009 and stopped the following year due to the lack of the financial resources. The total cost of donated software and equipment is around 52.000 Euros.
GRECO report on Moldova calls for improvement of anti-bribery legislation and for stricter supervision of political funding
Strasbourg, 06.04.2011 - The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) today published its Third Round Evaluation Report on Moldova, in which it acknowledges improvements in the legislation to fight corruption and regulate political funding, but concludes that improvements are needed to combat bribery and calls for a stricter supervision and greater transparency of political funding.
Regarding the criminalisation of corruption [theme I], GRECO notes the measures taken with the aim of aligning the national legal framework with the standards of the Council of Europe’s Criminal Law Convention on Corruption and its Additional Protocol but it stresses that several deficiencies remain which need to be addressed. In particular, the concept of “persons holding positions of responsibility” used in the relevant bribery provisions does not cover all civil servants and public employees and does not ensure coverage of foreign and international public officials or foreign jurors and arbitrators.
Council of Europe releases annual report on 2010 activities
The Council of Europe, the continent's human rights watchdog, released its Annual Report 2010 today. The 140-page publication details the work carried out over the past year by the various bodies and sectors of activity of the Council of Europe. It also describes the major events for the Organisation during 2010. The new edition of the Organisation’s yearly activity report is only available in electronic format.
Strasbourg, 18.03.2011 – Lise Christoffersen (Norway, SOC) and Piotr Wach (Poland, EPP/CD), co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Moldova by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will make a fact-finding visit to the country from 21-24 March 2011.
Among other things, they will focus on the current political situation, including the state of play as regards the election of the President of the Republic, the latest developments in the field of justice and the media, and preparations for local elections.
In Chişinaŭ they are due to meet, among others, the Speaker and acting President Marian Lupu, the Prime Minister Vlad Filat and a number of ministers as well as representatives of political parties in the parliament, leading members of the judiciary, election officials, the Ombudsman, representatives of the media, NGOs and diplomats.