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Controversial visit: Guilty of $1billion theft, Ilan Shor, made a visit to the European Parliament

Ilan Shor was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for particularly large scammers and money laundering in connection with the “theft of the billion” and the devaluation of Banca de Economii, of which he is a former administrator. The verdict was pronounced in June by the Chişinău District Court, Buiucani headquarters, which then released him from home arrest.

The mayor of Orhei, Ilan Short, sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for involvement in the “theft of the bill”, paid a visit  Strasbourg on Thursday. According to a communique of his party, he met with several MEPs. The discussions reportedly focused on the “Theft of the Billion” and the problems raised by the privatization of Chișinău International Airport.

Source: Independent.md, 22/06/2016

Shor has a ban on leaving the country and thus, the visit to Strasbourg, says the party’s communiqué, it would have been done with the approval of the courts.

Businessman Ilan Shor has called for meetings with MEPs from the EPP but all those working with the Eastern Partnership countries have rejected this request. MEPs allegedly received this invitation through Italian deputies. The only ones who responded positively to the invitation are MEPs who do not know the situation in the Republic of Moldova and the profile of the businessman Ilan Shor, sources from the European Parliament (EP) told Radio Free Europe.

Apart from the deputies who had official meetings (the vast majority of them being Italians), the other deputies appearing in the photographs seemed surprised at the hall of the institution or at the MEPs’ bar. According to sources from Radio Free Europe’s correspondents, none of the deputies had the EPP’s mandate for this meeting, and the incident triggered a wave of dissatisfaction among the party. EPP President Joseph Daul will most likely present a public message concerning the critical position of the party over the current situation. The EPP Group has filed a resolution in the European Parliament calling for the freezing of European funding for Moldova as a result of the failure by the Chisinau authorities to comply with the conditions for political pluralism and democracy imposed by MEPs in July with the adoption of the Macro-Aid report for €100 million. The resolution could be put to the vote at the next EP session by the end of October.

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2018 World Press Freedom Index: Moldova down to position 81

2 May 2018- Reporters without Borders (RSF) published their 2018 index of freedom of the press around the world.

The ranking of 2018 places Moldova on the 81st place, 1 position down compared to 2017 (80) with a score of 30,41 (-0,40).

RSF did not change its position on the media ownership and polarization in Moldova:

Moldova’s media are diversified but extremely polarized, like the country itself, which is characterized by chronic instability and the excessive influence of its oligarchs. The editorial line of the leading media outlets correlates closely with the political and business interests of their owners. Journalistic independence and media ownership transparency are major challenges. As media outlets battle with each other in a climate exacerbated by the Ukrainian crisis, the broadcasting regulatory authority’s lack of independence and excesses in the “fight against propaganda” continue to be a source of concern.

Romania was ranked 44th with 23,65 points, Ukraine 101st with 31,16 points, while Russia 148th with 49,96 points.

According to RSF, the freest media can be found in Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Finland. The countries with the worst media freedom ranking are Eritrea, North Korea, and Turkmenistan.

The RSF underlines in its 2018 World Press Freedom Index that the global situation of the press is worsening, especially in Europe:

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The entry procedure on the left bank of the Nistru River will be simplified

The leader of the self-proclaimed Transnistria, Vadim Krasnoselski, signed an order establishing simplified control procedures at the entrance to the region. The decision comes in the context of winter holidays. The simplified procedures will be valid for the period December 30 – January 15, IPN reports on the regional press.

Krasnoselski also wanted to temporarily open additional ways of crossing the means of transport with passengers through the following points: Valea Adâncă-Zagnitkov, Ploti-Krutîe, Vinogradnoe-Novîi Butorî, Gruşca-Nemirovka, Krasnî Oktiabri-Vetrujeni, Raşcov-Vadul -Rascov, Ţîbulevka-Ţehanovka, Teia-Calfa.

Passengers, citizens of Ukraine and of the Republic of Moldova, will present the identity document or the document confirming the residence visa in one of the neighboring localities. Also, at all checkpoints, a simplified regime of goods verification will be applied during this period, except for those that are forbidden in the Transnistrian region.

Source: IPN

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Chișinău and Tiraspol sign protocols to solve issues of Latin script schools, telecommunication, diploma recognition and land ownership

On November 25th, the political negotiators of the Republic of Moldova and the separatist Transnistrian administration met in Bender to discuss technical issues ahead of the upcoming 5+2 negotiations in Vienna.

Accompanied by 5+2 mediators and observers, Reintegration Minister George Balan and the so-called “foreign minister” Vitalyi Ignatiev signed 4 protocols elaborated at the expert groups level. The protocols focus on 4 key issues:

  • Recognition of diplomas issued by education institutions in the Transnistrian region– the parties agreed to Chișinău accepting (apostillation) a neutral diploma issued in Transnistria;
  • Elimination of barriers in the telecommunication domain- establishing a direct connection of fixed and the mobile telephone network, as well as internet, after the negotiations between operators on both banks of Nistru river;
  • Elimination of barriers to the functioning of Romanian language (Latin script) schools in Transnistria- setting minimal rent and utility prices for the buildings rented out to these schools, setting 10 years as the minimal rent period for the buildings, providing the adjacent lands in use to the schools, providing conditions for free movement of teachers and pupils of these schools, but also the needed materials for their functioning;
  • Allowing farmers to use their lands across Tiraspol-Camenca road in Dubăsari district- applying the “2006 Mechanism” of distributing the lands to those persons owning them initially, stopping the use of lands by Transnistrian firms or persons (2014 distribution), stopping the penal cases against the latter by Chișinău.

Solutions to these problems are expected to be delivered by the joint expert groups.

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