Council of Europe anti-money laundering body issues report on Republic of Moldova: progress achieved, but improvements still needed
Strasbourg, 18.02.2013 – In a report evaluating measures to combat money laundering and terrorist financing in the Republic of Moldova published today, the Council of Europe’s MONEYVAL Committee concluded that progress has been achieved, but further improvements are needed.
The report highlights that the reform of the criminal legislation has brought the money laundering offence more into line with international standards with regard to 2007, when the Republic of Moldova was last evaluated. The money laundering offence now covers the laundering by the author of the predicate offence. However, the continued judicial insistence on a prior conviction for the predicate offence as a precondition of prosecuting stand-alone money laundering remains a major deficiency.
Positive developments are that the terrorism financing offence now addresses the general concept of financing of terrorist organisations and individual terrorists, and that the Moldovan criminal law covers all offences contained in the relevant international treaties.
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.
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.
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.