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.
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.
Round-table discussion on Moldovan social protection legislation
Chisinau, 8 September 2010 - A comprehensive legislative assessment of the Moldovan social protection legislation and its compatibility with the European Social Charter was presented at a round-table discussion held in Chisinau.
The assessment has been prepared by Mr. Matti MIKKOLA, Professor of Labour Law, University of Helsinki, with a view of improving the legislation of the Republic of Moldova in the social protection sphere.
The round table was opened by Mrs. Liliana PALIHOVICI, the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee for Social Protection, Health and Family. The speakers were Mrs Birute ABRAITIENE, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and Ms. Olga KOSTENKO, Head of Parliamentary Assistance Unit, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
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.
EU-funded joint programme to provide logistic support to the referendum in out-of-country polling stations
Chisinau, 25 August 2010 – A contribution to the Government of Moldova in the amount of approximately 1.1 million lei to assist the conduct of the constitutional referendum on 5 September 2010 will be provided through the “Democracy Support Programme, a joint initiative between the European Union and the Council of Europe.
This contribution responds to the requests of the Government in addressing the challenges associated with the organising of the referendum, including the voting in the out-of-country polling stations.
The funding will enable critical assistance to the newly established polling stations abroad, and support key activities such as deployment of the staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration and acquisition of equipment and material necessary for the conduct of referendum abroad.