Moldovan parliament delegation on a study visit to European Parliament
Chisinau, 1 October 2010 – A twelve strong delegation of the Moldovan Parliament was in Brussels on 28 and 29 September on a study visit to the European Parliament.
The objective of this visit was to provide the Moldovan officials with information on the organisation and functioning of the Committees in the European Parliament, their relevance for the legislative and oversight process and their role in the policy shaping of the EU.
The relationship between permanent parliamentary staff, political group staff and parliamentary assistants as well as planning, communication and coordination issues were also debated during the study visit.
Democracy Support Programme in Moldova in cooperation with the National Institute of Justice organises training-of-trainers on torture prevention
Chisinau, 27 September 2010 – The standards for prevention and combatting ill-treatment and impunity are the focus of a training - of - trainers (ToT), organised in the framework of the Democracy Support Programme in Moldova, a joint initiative between the European Union and the Council of Europe in cooperation with the National Institute of Justice.
A five-day event, which commenced today, brings together some 30 judges, police officers and prosecutors to create a core group of national trainers on the European Court of Human Rights and the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture standards for combating ill-treatment and impunity that will subsequently provide cascade seminars to their peers.
Joint EU-CoE programme trains Moldovan police on riot control
Chisinau, 22 September 2010- Proper police tactics during public demonstrations was the focus of a training seminar, organised in the framework of the Joint Programme between the European Union and the Council of Europe entitled “Democracy Support Programme in Moldova".
A two-day event, which ended yesterday at the Police Academy "Stefan cel Mare" in Chisinau, brought together over 20 representatives of Moldovan law-enforcement agencies.
The training seminar enhanced the participants’ crowd control capacity, teaching officers to deal with lawful and unlawful gatherings, sport events, political rallies and concerts in line with international policing standards and human rights.
Expert police trainers from the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom gave an overview of international principles in upholding freedom of assembly, and the role of different de-escalation tactics in eliminating tensions during demonstrations.
The second training is planned for October 2010.
26 September - European Day of Languages
The European Day of Languages (EDL) was first celebrated in 2001 during the European Year of Languages. At the end of this campaign the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers decided to make EDL an annual event, to be celebrated each 26 September. Every year, millions of people in the Council's member states and elsewhere organise or take part in activities to promote linguistic diversity and the ability to speak other languages.
The general aim is to draw attention to Europe's rich linguistic and cultural diversity, which has to be encouraged and maintained, but also to extend the range of languages that people learn throughout their lives in order to develop their plurilingual skills and reinforce intercultural understanding. EDL is an opportunity to celebrate all of Europe's languages, including those that are less widely spoken and the languages of migrants.
Declaration of the PACE delegation: low turnout of the Constitutional Referendum in Moldova
Strasbourg, 06.09.2010 – A delegation from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has observed the constitutional referendum in Moldova on 5 September. This delegation was the only European parliamentary organisation to observe this referendum.
The delegation considered that the voting day was calm and orderly. The citizens who participated in the referendum could in general make their choice freely. However, this delegation regrets the low turnout. It is now up to political stakeholders, regardless of their political positions, to propose solutions to make the functioning of institutions more stable in the general interest of the country and to look beyond their personal or political quarrels.