10th European Conference of Electoral Management Bodies
Strasbourg, 21.06.2013 – The Venice Commission and the Central Election Commission of the Republic of Moldova organise the 10th European Conference of Electoral Management Bodies which is taking place on 26-27 June 2013 in Chişinău. Strengths and developments of the Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters – will be at the core of the conference’s plenary sessions and working groups discussions.
More than 100 participants, representatives of 26 countries and 4 international institutions will be joining the event. President of the Republic of Moldova Nicolae Timofti will be opening the conference. Moldovan Minister of Justice, Presidents of the Constitutional Court and the Central Election Commission as well as the Permanent Representative of Poland to the Council of Europe Ambassador Ursula Gacek are announced to speak. The Venice Commission will be represented by its Hungarian member, President of the Constitutional Court of Hungary Péter Paczolay.
MEDICAL FORUM: HIV PREVENTION IN COMMUNITIES AND PRISONS FOR DOCTORS SPECIALIZED IN ADDICTION TREATMENT
Dates: June 24-25 2013
Implementing organisations: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Pompidou Group (PG) of the Council of Europe
National Partners: National Drug Control Committee, the Ministry of Health, National Narcology Service and the Department of Penitentiary Institutions
The Medical forum is jointly organised by Pompidou Group and the UNODC project office in Moldova and will take place on 24 - 25 June 2013 in Chisinau. The event is supported by the National Drug Control Committee in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Narcology Service and the Department of Penitentiary Institutions. Key speakers will address the issues of communicable diseases, HIV/AIDS challenges related to injecting drug use and the importance of harm reduction in drug addiction treatment. The conference aims at challenging common stereotypes about methadone treatment, improving effective and evidence-based drug dependence treatment approaches and showcasing best practices in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention in prisons and in the community.
Statement of the Secretary General on the vote of confidence in the Moldovan Parliament
Strasbourg, 30 May 2013: Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, made the following statement on the vote of confidence in the Moldovan Parliament: "I take note of today's vote of confidence in the Moldovan Parliament for the Government of Prime Minister Leanca.
I hope the formation of the new Government will bring Moldova the much needed stability and I trust that it is determined to move forward with the reforms, delivering on the promises to build up a state based on the rule of law and respect for the democratic processes and values.
Council of Europe anti-corruption group calls on states to strengthen corruption prevention concerning parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors
Strasbourg, 13.06.2013 – In its annual report published today, the Council of Europe´s anti-corruption group (GRECO) calls on European states to bolster the legal and institutional capacity of their parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors in order to prevent and unequivocally address corruption in their own ranks.
GRECO concludes that these three professional groups need to better integrate corruption prevention in their daily jobs and be proactive in developing precise and transparent codes of conduct reinforced by credible mechanisms of supervision and sanction.
“Corruption cases involving parliamentarians, judges or prosecutors have a devastating effect on the trust citizens have in their democratic institutions. Citizens depend on these professionals to tackle corruption wherever it exists and so they must also lead by example. If corrupt behaviour is tolerated within their own ranks, its corrosive effects spread like a disease”, said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland.
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
Strasbourg, 16.05.2013 – On the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) Secretary General Jagland called on Member States to fight discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.
“Hate crime motivated by sexual orientation or gender identity is a violation of basic human rights. Europeans must safeguard the right to freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly. Some member states still lack laws to explicitly or implicitly prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. I encourage them to work with the Council of Europe to make progress so that Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender persons can fully enjoy their human rights,” Secretary General Jagland said.