INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “REFORMING PUBLIC PROSECUTION SERVICE: EUROPEAN STANDARDS AND BEST PRACTICES”
Chisinau, 7-8 October, 2015
The Council of Europe organised an International Conference on “Reforming Public Prosecution Service: European standards and best practices” within the framework of the project “Support to Criminal Justice Reforms in the Republic of Moldova”, funded by the Government of Denmark. The event was one of the activities implemented under the mentioned Project, aimed at supporting and facilitating reform process of the Public Prosecution Service in the Republic of Moldova.
The Conference brought together Council of Europe international consultants and acting prosecutors from five different European Countries and high level Moldovan prosecutors, who together with national and international counterparts, discussed and shared different approaches regarding reform processes and functioning of the Public Prosecution Services in their respective countries in the light of the European standards.
Awareness raising seminar on ongoing reform process of the Public Prosecution Service in the Republic of Moldova
16th September 2015,Chisinau
Considering the complexity and challenges of the reform process of the Public Prosecution Service (hereinafter PPS), the Council of Europe has reiterated its readiness and engagement to assist Moldovan authorities for the implementation of meaningful PPS reform in line with European and international standards. In this regard, Particularly, in the framework of the Council of Europe project “Support to Criminal Justice Reforms in the Republic of Moldova”, funded by the Government of Denmark, expertise of the draft Law has been provided. It resulted in preparation of the Joint Opinion of the Venice Commission, Directorate of Human Rights and the OSCE/ODIHR, endorsed by the Venice Commission on 23 March, 2015. Following the revision of the Draft Law, the Council of Europe welcomed that it incorporated three of the five key recommendations defined in the Joint Opinion. The changes made in the revised draft Law bring it substantially closer to the fulfilment of the recommendations reflected in the Joint Opinion.
E-Compendium of the Council of Europe documents on combating prison overcrowding
Within the framework of the PCF Regional Project “Promoting penitentiary reforms (from a punitive to a rehabilitative approach)” have been developed an e-compendium in a format of a book of the Council of Europe CM recommendations and extracts from the CPT General Reports on combating prison overcrowding in Romanian.
The electronic version of the book in PDF format could be downloaded here .
Mayors in Moldova – Leaders for change
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe has organised, in close co-operation with the Congress of Local Authorities from Moldova (CALM), a workshop “Mayors – Leaders for change” in Chisinau on 5-7 October 2015.
This workshop was designed for mayors in Moldova and aimed to provide a platform for exchange on local democracy. By involving members of the Congress and local authorities from Europe, mayors have shared best practices and d their knowledge of standards of local self-governance. They have been invited to reflect on how to lead change, how to enhance trust in local authorities and citizen participation in an ethical decision-making process.
Freedom of Expression: still a precondition for democracy?
The Council of Europe brings together top judges, government officials and activists to address current challenges to freedom of expression at a conference in Strasbourg
Some 300 participants in a conference in Strasbourg on 13-14 October – open to the media – will assess serious ramifications to free expression from such recent events as the brutal assault against Charlie Hebdo journalists in Paris in January. Attorney at Law of Charlie Hebdo, Richard Malka, for example, will count among participants, including European Court of Human Rights judges, national judges, journalists and representatives from media freedom organisations, governments and international organisations.