Council of Europe reviews Moldovan draft anticorruption law
February 6, 2013 - The package of draft legislative amendments aiming at reducing corruption and strengthening the integrity of the judiciary in Moldova is in line with European and international legal standards, according to the expert opinions presented by the Council of Europe today.
The legal reviews note that amendments address a set of legal issues critical to the success of the justice sector reform as they are designed to prevent interference in the justice process and prevention of corruptive behaviour of actors from the justice sector.
The amendments, if adopted, can strengthen Moldova’s legal framework for fighting corruption and promote public confidence in the independence and impartiality of the judiciary.
Strasbourg, 20.12.2012 – During his working visit to the Republic of Moldova from 17 to 20 December and in his address to its parliament, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Jean-Claude Mignon, offered the services of the Parliamentary Assembly as a platform for relaunching dialogue between the representatives of the Moldovan Parliament and the Transnistrian Supreme Soviet.
The President said that his talks in Chisinau had revealed the realism and good faith shown by the government and the parliament in their approach to resolving the Transnistria conflict, which could even provide pointers for resolving this type of conflict in the future. "I am also pleased to see the positive reception given to this initiative on the whole in Tiraspol and I hope that the Supreme Soviet will swiftly take the decision to fully commit to this dialogue", said Jean-Claude Mignon.
Within the framework of the Joint Programme between the European Union and the Council of Europe entitled “Reinforcing the fight against ill-treatment and impunity”, the Directorate of Human Rights, Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe tasked two consultants, Ms Birgitte Vestberg, former Prosecutor for Special International Crimes and acting Prosecutor General in cases of asset stripping (Denmark) and Mr Bostjan Penko, lawyer, former prosecutor and Director of the Office for the Prevention of Corruption (Republic of Slovenia) to carry out an assessment of the draft Strategic Development Programme (SDP) of the Public Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Moldova.
PACE President to make a visit to the Republic of Moldova
Strasbourg, 14.12.2012 - Jean-Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will travel to the Republic of Moldova for a working visit from 17 to 20 December.
He will meet the Speaker of the Parliament, Marian Lupu, representatives of the parliamentary factions of the Alliance for European Integration, and the representatives of the opposition. The President will also have talks with Nicolae Timofti, President of the Republic, Vlad Filat, Prime Minister, as well as Lurie Leancă, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs and European Integration, and Eugen Carpov, Deputy Prime Minister responsible for resettlement.
Monitoring visit by PACE co-rapporteurs to Moldova
Strasbourg, 15.10.2012 – Lise Christoffersen (Norway, SOC) and Piotr Wach (Poland, EPP/CD), co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of obligations and commitments by the Republic of Moldova, started today a fact-finding visit to Chisinau until 19 October.
They will be especially interested in the current political situation, the reform of justice, the measures taken to combat corruption and organised crime, and the implementation of Assembly Resolutions 1572 (2007), 1666 (2009) and 1692 (2009).
During this visit, the co-rapporteurs are due to meet the President of the Republic, the Speaker of Parliament, the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, as well as the Ministers of the Interior and Justice. Talks are also scheduled with representatives of the political parties represented in Parliament and representatives of the judicial authorities, NGOs and the media. In Transnistria, the co-rapporteurs will be speaking to the representatives of the de facto authorities and various NGOs.
The co-rapporteurs will hold a press conference in the Moldovan Parliament on Friday 19 October at 11.30 am.