The third Steering Committee Meeting of the Joint Programme CoE/EU “Democracy Support Programme in Moldova"
Chisinau, 29 June 2011 – The Joint Programme between Council of Europe and European Union “Democracy Support Programme in Moldova” held the third Steering Committee meeting in Chisinau, Moldova.
In the opening speeches of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Ms. Natalia Gherman and Ambassador Dirk Schübel, Head of the European Delegation to Moldova it was strongly highlighted the need for comprehensive reforms in Moldova in compliance with EU standards that will pave the way towards European integration. The valuable support and expertise provided in the framework the Joint Progamme in a number of crucial reforms tackling judicial sector, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Parliament, etc., was highly praised.
The Minister of Justice, Mr. Oleg Efrim reiterated the fact that thanks to the prompt assistance of the Joint Programme, the Ministry of Justice has successfully started up a complex process on the drafting of the Strategy for Justice Sector Reform. In addition, assistance will be provided to the working groups that are currently working on amendments and draft laws for the judicial reform, prosecutorial reform and criminal procedure reform.
New tool for teaching journalistic ethics in Moldova
Chisinau, 27 June 2011 – The Joint Programme between the European Union and the Council of Europe “Democracy Support in Moldova” in co-operation with the Press Council of Moldova organised a round table for presentation of the research paper “Stimulation of critical thinking of journalists – ethical and editorial dilemmas”.
The brochure includes the analysis of ten study cases selected from Moldovan mass-media, which are proposed by authors Nadine Gogu, Petru Macovei and Ion Bunduchi for debates to be used by students, young journalists and all persons interested in journalistic ethics. The aim of the study cases compiled in this publication is to stimulate the critical debates both in teaching journalistic ethics and in newsrooms as part of editorial decision-making process.
“Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons still face discrimination in Europe”
Strasbourg, 23/6/2011 – “Millions of people in Europe are discriminated, stigmatised and even victims of violence because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. They cannot fully enjoy their universal human rights. There is an urgent need for all European governments to remedy this situation and take policy and legislative measures to combat homophobia and transphobia”, said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, publishing today a report on discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.
The report is the result of a two-year study carried out by the Office of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights. It contains a socio-legal analysis of the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons across member states, relying on data and information made available by public authorities, national human rights structures, non-governmental organisations and experts. It also builds on research and data made available by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.
Development of the activities related to donation and transplantation of organs, tissues and cells. Co-operation between countries of the Black Sea Area (BSA): kick-off meeting
Date: Friday, 01 July, 2011
Place: Manhattan Hotel, 1 Ciuflea str., MD-2001, Chisinau, Moldova
Organised by the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM), Council of Europe.
Based on recommendations and experience gained by the experts from the European Steering Committee on Organ Transplantation (CD-P-TO) of the Council of Europe, the EDQM proposes to support a 3 year collaborative project entitled “Development of the activities related to donation and transplantation of organs, tissues and cells: Co-operation between countries of the Black Sea Area (BSA)”. Nine member states of the Council of Europe will participate in this project (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, the Russia Federation, Turkey and Ukraine).
The main objective of the project is to support the development of organ donation and transplantation programmes through close inter-state co-operation between national health organisations and relevant stakeholders.
Chisinau, 10 June 2011 – The representatives of media self-regulatory bodies from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, the Russian Federation and Ukraine decided to create an informal network of press councils in the region. The decision was taken during the Regional meeting on media self-regulation, organised in Chisinau on 9-10 June 2011 by the Council of Europe in co-operation with the Press Council of Moldova.
The event brought together 32 media professionals - representatives of the press councils from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, the Russian Federation and Ukraine, the Alliance of Independent Press Councils in Europe (AIPCE), the Organisation of News Ombudsmen (ONO) and the Council of Europe.