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EU Foreign Affairs Council criticizes slow pace of reforms in Moldova, new electoral law and media ownership concentration

EU High Representative Federica Mogherini at the press-conference after the Foreign Affairs Council, Source: openmediahub.com

26 February 2018- The European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council issued its conclusions on the Republic of Moldova. The conclusions were rather critical of Moldova’s pace and character of reforms.

Speaking after the meeting the EU high representative for foreign affairs and security Federica Mogherini said the decision for the disbursement of the first tranche of the financial assistance for Moldova has not been taken yet and that further assessment will be needed in order the money to be released.

Mogherini who chaired the meeting underlined

“the EU supports Moldova and its citizens, but certain number of measures need to be delivered in order the support to be credible. Our aim is to support the country and the people, and this requires strong and credible national moves by the authorities on anticorruption, reform of judiciary and economic reforms. The two things go together,”

the EU top diplomat said after the meeting, according to OPEN MEDIA HUB. She said information from Moldovan citizens and “certain trends in society” made the EU express its position.

While the EU Foreign Ministers reaffirmed their “commitment to strengthening political association and economic integration between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova” based on the Association Agreement, they also highlighted that it is crucial that Moldovan authorities implement the reforms started in 2016.

 “The Council recalls that EU assistance to the Republic of Moldova is based on strict conditionality, and is linked to satisfactory progress in reforms”, reads the document.

On democracy, multi-party system and human rights

Recalling the importance of respecting effective democratic mechanisms, including a multi-party system, the rule of law and respect for human rights, the Council welcomed Moldova’s Action Plan on the consolidation of interethnic relations. And then the critical part comes in…

First of all, the Council repeated the concerns of many European officials about the new mixed electoral system, clearly criticizing it:

“The Council regrets that the new electoral law did not address some of the key recommendations of the Joint Opinion of the CoE’s Venice Commission
OSCE’s ODIHR. The Joint Opinion referred inter alia to the lack of consensus on the proposed reform and to the risk that majoritarian candidates may be influenced by businesspeople or other actors who follow their own separate interests”, reads the document, underlining the importance of reforms on party financing and campaign financing.

The Council also encouraged the Moldovan authorities to improve its relations with the civil society in the decision-making process.

A major focus of the Council’s conclusions was on media freedom.

The improvement of the audiovisual code, the transparency of media ownership and the creation of conditions for independent outlets to prosper will be strictly observed, the Council notes in its conclusions. In regard to the anti-propaganda law, the Council “acknowledges that disinformation and propaganda can have considerable negative effects, but it also notes that the measures adopted should be necessary, proportionate and in conformity with the relevant international law”.

On the anti-corruption fight and judiciary, prosecution systems reforms

The Council underlined that “renewed efforts should be urgently dedicated to a more decisive fight against corruption with tangible results, and that this should be accompanied by a thorough reform of the judiciary, including the prosecution service”. It also underlines that this reform process should include thorough, impartial and comprehensive investigations and prosecutions of all those involved in the massive banking fraud that was exposed in 2014. Moreover, the Council believes that a proven track-record of convictions for corruption, in particular, high-level corruption, and respect for the rule of law are key elements to restore the trust of citizens.

While welcoming the recent appointments in the anti-corruption institutions and the adoption of an anti-money laundering law, the Council recalled the importance of setting up an autonomous office in charge of preventing and fighting money laundering and developing capacities to fight laundering and freeze suspicious transactions.

Economic and energy reforms

More positively, the EU Council notes that, despite progress, Moldova needs to do more to improve the business environment. In regard to the DCFTA, the EU expects quite more:

The Council expects the Republic of Moldova to step up its reform efforts related to the implementation and enforcement of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, including by strengthening the operational capacity and independence of the relevant institutions.

On energy, the EU calls on Moldova to fully respect the Energy Community acquis, in particular at tariff setting for energy distribution, but also to accelerate the implementation of the energy sector in line with the EU Third Energy Package and the implementation of interconnection projects.

Several times in the document, the EU stresses that the disbursement of the tranches of the Macro-Financial Assistance will be in strict conformance with the fulfilment of the agreed upon 28 conditions.

Moldova’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs communicated the conclusions differently than the EU Council. The MFA press-release reads that the Council took note of Moldova’s progress since February 2016: its achievements in the banking sector, the visa-free regime conditions, the Eastern Partnership contribution and the positive dynamics in the Transnistrian conflict settlement. For the criticisms, the MFA left one small paragraph:

“The text of the conclusions also show the domains where an increased pace of transformation is needed, in particular, the justice sector, mass-media, fighting corruption, investigating the banking fraud”, reads the not-modest press release.

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James Pettit: The process of European integration is slowing down

Compared to the year 2016, Moldova’s European integration process has recently slowed down. The statement belongs to the US Ambassador to Chisinau, James Pettit. During a show at TVR Moldova television, the diplomat mentioned that a cause of the slowdown may be the fact that the Republic of Moldova is on the verge of parliamentary elections, IPN reports.

The ambassador considers that the biggest challenge in terms of European integration of the Republic of Moldova is corruption, which exists in all areas. At the same time, the diplomat claims that there are several areas that are not working well, including the legal sector that has not made much progress in recent years. As a national tragedy, the ambassador called the migration of the population of the Republic of Moldova.

The Ambassador said that the US is providing training through its programs for judges, lawyers, and civil servants.

“From time to time we have experts in the US or in Europe who can train these officials,” declared Pettit.

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Former communist deputy – the candidacy of the Government for the position of ambassador of R. Moldova in Switzerland

Oxana Domenti, the communist deputy who, in December 2017, renounced the parliamentary mandate and announced that she left politics, is the candidature of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration (MFAEI) for the position of Moldovan ambassador in the Swiss Confederation.

Today, September 12, her candidacy was approved by the Parliamentary Foreign Policy and European Integration Commission. Moreover, the Ambassador will hold the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Moldova at the UN Office in Geneva.

Pursuant to the Article 10 of the Law on Diplomatic Service, plenipotentiary ambassadors, permanent representatives, envoys and permanent envoys of duty, heads of diplomatic missions – are appointed and recalled by the President of the Republic of Moldova on a Government proposal.

Respectively, the candidacy of Oxana Domenti is to be approved by the members of the Executive, and the appointment decree is to be signed by the president Igor Dodon.

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Andrian Candu about the 7 expelled Turkish citizens: the case is not related to today’s government in Moldova or Turkey

Photo: Facebook // Nadejda Roșcovanu

Today, Andrian Candu, Parliament Speaker, held a press conference after the parliamentary hearings in the case of the expulsion of 7 Turkish citizens from the country, organized on the platform of the National Security, Defense and Public Order Commission and the Parliamentary Control Committee on the Information and Security Service.

“It should be noted that this subject is complicated. Since 1997-1998, the SIS has overwhelmed terrorism (n.red: referring to the 7 Turkish expelled citizens). In the last 3-4 years, 48 foreign persons are oversight. 18 were declared undesirable and 7 were expelled. They have no connection with whoever is in Moldova or Turkey,” declared Candu among other statements.

According to the official, during the last 4-5 years, there are 60-70 expulsions and this is not a novelty for the authorities.

After completing his speech, Andrian Candu left the conference room without answering the questions of any attending journalists.

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