Congress expresses concern about separatist tensions in Eastern Europe
During its meeting in Chisinau on 3 July 2014, the Monitoring Committee of the Congress adopted a declaration to express its profound concern at the situation of countries of the region faced with angerous separatist tensions. The statement noted that the annexation of the Crimea by the Russian Federation has unfortunately opened the way to regional destabilisation which threatens the territorial integrity of states.
The Committee recalled that the Congress defends local and regional government all over Europe through implementation of the European Charter of Local Self-Government but local and regional self-government cannot truly develop unless countries are stable and societies are at peace.
European integration guarantees diversity in Moldova
On the sidelines of an official visit by a delegation from the Congress, the rapporteurs on local and regional democracy in the Republic of Moldova, Francis Lec (France, L, SOC), and Philippe Receveur Switzerland, R, EPP-CCE), underlined “the efforts made by the Moldovan Government to speed up the Country’s European integration” and added that “the signature of the Association Agreement with the EU ties in with that policy”. In the view of the Congress, which has been monitoring the situation of local and regional democracy in the Republic of Moldova for several years in application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, European integration guarantees democratic values in the Republic of Moldova and also the diversity of the country, while ensuring respect for its territorial integrity. The rapporteurs believe that the positive effects of decentralisation, the process of which has begun, will be of maximum benefit to the country’s citizens. It is up to the Moldovan Government to continue with the commitments made in this area and implement the recommendations adopted by the Congress in 2012.
Curs de instruire pentru avocaţi şi activişti pentru drepturile omului
Programul Comun al Consiliului Europei şi Uniunii Europene “Consolidarea capacităţii avocaţilor şi activiştilor în domeniul drepturilor omului pentru aplicarea pe plan naţional a Convenţiei Europene pentru Drepturile Omului şi a Cartei Sociale Europene (Revizuite)” organizează un curs de instruire pe tema „Dreptul la educaţie-drept fundamental al omului. Accesul la educaţie al persoanelor cu dizabilități şi prevenirea discriminării”.
Cursul de instruire va avea loc pe data de 16 iulie curent în Sala Europeana a Cantinei Cancelariei de Stat (Chişinău, str. A. Mateevici 79) începând cu ora 8:45 până la 17:15.
The Council of Europe’s programme “Confidence Building Measures Across the River Nistru/Dniestr”, with the financial support of the Austrian Agency for Development, has launched on June 25th a series of four capacity building trainings for NGOs. For this 20 NGOs working in the field of the human rights of children, women and persons with disabilities have been selected from both banks of the River Nistru/Dniest.
The trainings cover the following topics: Management for NGOs; Communication for NGOs; Fundraising for NGOs and Project writing for NGOs. The trainers are experts of the association “Workshop of Solutions” from Riga, Latvia.
The participants will have at the end of the trainings the possibility to write and submit for small-scale grants the projects developed during the trainings.
Peer Review Exercise on Decentralization Reform in Moldova
The Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform (CELGR) of the Council of Europe (CoE) made public the Peer Review Team Report: Peer Review Exercise on Decentralization Reform in Moldova, compiled following a Peer Review mission to Chisinau on 3-6 March 2014 upon invitation of the Moldovan Government. The exercise can be perceived as linked to the adoption by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in agreement with the Moldovan authorities of a Council of Europe Action Plan to support Democratic Reforms in the Republic of Moldova in November 2013.
The report seeks to provide a general appraisal of the political and technical aspects of the situation with regards to the National Decentralization Strategy as encountered by the Peer Review Team and to convey issues and suggestions that the Peer Review Team deems relevant for the Government to take into consideration. This report has been compiled and approved by the Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform of the Council of Europe on the basis of exchanges and contributions from all members of the Peer Review Team, including the mission Rapporteur, Mr. Lorenzo Allio.