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.
Council of Europe Forum for the Future of Democracy:
Call for applications for the 2011 Forum which will take place in Nicosia, Cyprus, from 13 to 14 October
The Council of Europe is calling for applications for the annual session of its Forum for the Future of Democracy, the main theme of which is " The Interdependence of Democracy and Social Cohesion: strengthening representation and democratic participation through social dialogue and civic engagement "
Please note the deadline for receipt of applications is 8 July 2011
Please bring this information to the attention of interested NGOs in your area.
The Programme “Democracy Support in Moldova” provides assistance to CCA in drafting media monitoring reports
Chisinau, 3 June 2011 – The Joint Programme between the European Union and the Council of Europe “Democracy Support in Moldova” provided advice and assisted the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual (CCA) in drafting media monitoring reports on the local general elections.
The technical assistance was mainly focused on advising the staff members of the Monitoring Unit of CCA how to carry out the media monitoring of some specific and more problematic aspect. Council of Europe expert, Mr. Marek Mracka provided relevant recommendations to CCA with regard to strengths and weaknesses of the media monitoring activities and best practices how to improve them. This activity is carried out in the framework of Component V of the Joint Programme covering the period 11-17 May and 30 May-3 June 2011.
Moldova’s local elections largely met international standards, but remaining legal and regulatory issues need to be considered, observers say
Chisinau, 6 June 2011 –Moldova’s local elections largely met OSCE and Council of Europe election-related commitments, in conditions conducive to a competitive campaign and offering voters a genuine choice, international observers from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Council of Europe's Congress of Local and Regional Authorities concluded in a statement issued today.
However, the observers noted that remaining legal, administrative and regulatory issues need to be further considered in order to ensure continued forward progress.
“Electoral participants noted much more equitable opportunities to reach voters as part of a competitive campaign, but improvements in the regulation of political financing would further benefit the electoral process,” said Gerald Mitchell, the Head of the OSCE/ODIHR Limited Election Observation Mission. “A more concerted effort to introduce a centralized electronic voter register would also further improve the process.”
Communication awareness training for the Moldovan Parliament staff
The Joint Programme of the European Union and Council of Europe "Democracy Support in Moldova" is providing a training course on communication awareness to Moldovan Parliament Secretariat staff on 30-31 May 2011, in Chisinau, Moldova.
The training is organized in the framework of Programme Component VI, which aims at strengthening the institutional capacity of the Parliament of Moldova. This is one of the first steps undertaken to contribute to the implementation of the Action Plan for the Parliament’s Communication Strategy for 2011 – 2013. The two-day training will set the scene for more effective internal and external communication, and shall provide practical opportunities for up to 20 civil servants to improve on their communication and public presentation skills.