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.
TRM’s regional radio correspondents learn modern know-how and tools for reporting
Chisinau, 14.03.2011 - The network of regional radio correspondents of the public broadcaster “Teleradio Moldova” (TRM) are learning how to prepare news and interviews in a professional, balanced and entertaining way during a seminar, organised in the framework of the Joint Programme between the European Union and the Council of Europe entitled “Democracy Support Programme in Moldova” (Component - Support to the development of a pluralist media).
The 14 TRM’s journalists are trained in the period 14-18 March by Filip Slavkovic, Sebastian Freudenberg and Jutta vom Hofe, the trainers of the DW-AKADEMIE of Deutsche Welle, Germany's international public service broadcaster. The German experts will put strong emphasis on practical sessions and group work as well as on presentations and discussions.
Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Moldova
Strasbourg, 03.03.2011 – The Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) has today published the report on its most recent visit to Moldova, which took place from 21 to 27 July 2010, together with the response of the Moldovan Government. Both documents have been made public with the agreement of the Moldovan authorities.
The initial objective of the visit was to re-examine the situation in prison and police establishments in the Transnistrian region (*) of the Republic of Moldova. However, on the spot, the delegation was not allowed to speak to remand prisoners in private. Such a restriction contradicts one of the fundamental characteristics of the preventive mechanism embodied by the CPT; consequently, the delegation interrupted its visit to the region. The CPT indicates in the report that it is prepared to resume the visit as soon as the power to interview all categories of detained persons in private is again guaranteed, as had been the case during the Committee’s previous visits to the region. In their response, the Moldovan authorities state that they are ready to take action to ensure that any future visits to the region take place without restrictions.
TRM’s local and regional TV correspondents’ capacities strengthened
Chisinau, 07.03.2011 - The local and regional TV correspondents of the public broadcaster “Teleradio Moldova” (TRM) are learning the modern know-how and tools for reporting on interesting and significant issues and developments in their home regions during a seminar, organised in the framework of the Joint Programme between the European Union and the Council of Europe entitled “Democracy Support Programme in Moldova” (Component - Support to the development of a pluralist media).
The five-day basic training, which commenced today, will feature presentations and practical exercises by the Deutsche Welle Akademie trainers Filip Slavkovic, Bettina Ruigies and Veronika Picmanova, who will use their expertise to strengthen the capacities of TRM's local and regional correspondents.
Joint EU-coe programme organizes english language courses for the members and employees of the superior council of magistrates
Chisinau, 21 February 2011 – Starting with 8 February, the Democracy Support Programme is organizing English language courses for the members and employees of the Superior Council of Magistrates.
The aim of this activity is to provide with the opportunity to develop their professional capabilities, to establish and maintain international contacts on their own as well as to have independent access to information.