The Justice Sector Reform Strategy for 2011-2016 is a major undertaking in this direction. However, the Commissioner underlines that the reform process needs to be supported by adequate funding and concrete political measures. “The budget of Moldovan courts is twenty times less than the median of Council of Europe member States and judges are not properly shielded from undue political pressure. The five-year initial probationary period should be revoked and provisions allowing for the dismissal or disciplinary proceedings against them because of the decisions they take should be repealed.”
Strasbourg, 04.07.2013 – Is democracy in crisis? Judging by the sometimes record levels of voter abstention, public distrust of leaders – fed by increasing numbers of corruption scandals – and the rise in anti-system parties, the gap between institutions and the public is widening. Traditional modes of public participation are giving way to social media which make the public directly accessible to politicians and activists at all times. They foster interest-based communities, but struggle to provide a platform for a coherent democratic debate.
While the social media have fuelled citizen protest movements and democratic revolutions, can they really help to revive representative democracy and everyday governance? What future lies ahead for the traditional forms of participation? How can new and traditional forms of participation complement each other?
Secretary General Jagland’s comments on his meeting with Nicolae Timofti, President of the Republic of Moldova
Strasbourg, 2 July 2013,
"I was very pleased to have met today Nicolae Timofti, the President of the Republic of Moldova. The expectations of Moldova's partners and friends are high and the President bears the challenging responsibility of consensus-building and bridging the divisions running deep in Moldovan society.
We had a very open and constructive discussion of the forthcoming reform agenda. First and foremost it is important to rebuild the citizens' trust in their public institutions and law-enforcement structures, by ensuring that they become independent and remain outside the influence of political parties.
TV and Radio journalists from both sides of Nistru/Dnestr river trained in programme production
CHISINAU, 25 June 2013 – About 40 journalists from both banks of Nistru/Dnestr river were trained on how to efficiently apply the international standards and new trends in Radio and TV programme production during two basic trainings organised in the framework of the Council of Europe Programme “Confidence-building measures across the river Nistru/Dniester” with support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
The 3-day training on preparing, planning and managing quality radio programmes brought together about 20 radio journalists from public broadcaster Teleradio-Moldova and regional Transnistrian broadcaster Radio Pridnestrovie. The international experts presented and discussed with participants the examples of different radio programme formats broadcasted by European radio channels and provided assistance and advise to the participants in redesigning the existing radio programmes in line with international standards.
MOLDOVA speaks up for better drug treatment services and against social exclusion of prisoners
During three major events in Chisinau an Open Air Concert entitled “Music is my Drug”, a medical forum on drug dependency treatment and HIV prevention as well as an educative quiz for prisoners – young people, health care professionals and decision makers called for improving drug treatment services and fighting the stigma of people who use drugs, including people who are imprisoned. The events had been jointly organised by the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) under the auspices of the National Drug Control Committee and in partnership with the NGO “Positive Initiative”.