Governments and journalists share responsibility for a free press
Strasbourg, 02.05.2012 – Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has warned that close and non-transparent relationships between media and governments are a risk to pluralistic societies. In a statement to mark World Press Freedom Day he said:
"Freedom of expression is a fundamental right, enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights. A free press is vital for any democracy. Elected politicians have a duty to ensure that journalists can work freely and without fear of state repression. The Council of Europe promotes press freedom by advising governments on media legislation and, where necessary, by helping member states to meet their obligations under the Convention through specific co-operation programmes.
Council of Europe to organise ‘Sport Instead of Drugs’ Tag Rugby Tournament (EN) (RO) (РУ)
Chisinau, 25 April 2012 - Council of Europe Programme on Confidence Building Measures Across the River Nistru/Dniestr is organising a Tag Rugby Tournament during 28-29 April in Chisinau and Tiraspol.
The main goal of the Tag Rugby Tournament is to improve the life skills of the participants (resist group/peer pressure, etc.) and raise public awareness of the danger of drugs and other substances. Additionally, the tournament aims at building confidence between the populations on both sides of the river and engaging disadvantaged young people in sport.
PACE President welcomes the end of the institutional deadlock in the Republic of Moldova
Strasbourg, 03.04.2012 – In his meetings today in Chisinau with senior Moldovan officials, Jean-Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), welcomed the end of the political deadlock in which the country has been immersed for three years and called on all those involved in Moldovan politics to look to the future constructively.
“I have conveyed to the President of the Republic, Mr Timofti, my wishes for his success. His election marks a new start in Moldovan political life. In this context, all players must now show responsibility by accepting the democratic legitimacy of institutions, in particular the legitimacy of a president elected in accordance with constitutional requirements,” he said.
PACE President in Transnistria: frozen conflicts must not cause any more killing
Strasbourg, 04.04.2012 – "It is totally unacceptable that in the 21st century so-called frozen conflicts can still cause terrible human tragedies," said Jean-Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), following his meeting today with the family of Vadim Pisar, a citizen of the Republic of Moldova killed on 1 January 2012 when crossing a checkpoint on the boundary with the Transnistrian region.
"This awful misunderstanding shows the potentially lethal consequences of the mere existence of this type of conflict, which is a throwback to the past. After my talks with the highest authorities of the Republic of the Moldova and the leaders of Transnistria, I am convinced that ,PACE could step up its contribution to resolving the conflict in Transnistria. The election of Mr Shevchuk and the resuming of negotiations within the 5+2 framework are creating the right conditions for real progress," said Mr Mignon.
PACE President makes official visit to the Republic of Moldova
Strasbourg, 29.03.2012 – Jean-Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will make an official visit to the Republic of Moldova from 2 to 5 April 2012.
During his visit, he is due to meet the President of the Republic Nicolae Timofti, the Speaker of Parliament Marian Lupu, Prime Minister Vlad Filat, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Iurie Leancă, as well as the Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration Eugen Carpov.