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Moldova opens Embassy in UAE

10 May 2018- Moldova’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Tudor Ulianovschi, inaugurated the Moldovan Embassy in the United Arab Emirates. The mission is set to become the 41st diplomatic mission of Moldova abroad.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by the UAE State Minister Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, members of the Moldovan Government, representatives of diplomatic corps accredited in the UAE, business people from Moldova and UAE, as well as the representatives of the Moldovan diaspora.

The diplomatic relations between Moldova and UAE were established on 21 December 1995, having 7 bilateral treaties signed up until now. Moldova exports goods worth 2,47 million USD while importing goods worth 1,89 million USD from the UAE.

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Angela Merkel accuses Russia of destabilizing the situation in the Republic of Moldova

German Chancellor Angela Merkel accused Russia of destabilizing the situation in several post-Soviet countries, including the Republic of Moldova.

“Almost all former Soviet republics that are not part of NATO and the EU are confronted with internal conflicts generated by Russia,” IPN referring to dw.com.

Merkel spoke to German military deployed in Lithuania and referred to Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Moldova, and Azerbaijan. All of these countries are now concerned about the restoration of territorial integrity because Russia has either fragmented parts of their territories or broached internal conflicts, Merkel added.

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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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4 years after visa liberalization: 1,46 million Moldovans traveled without a visa to EU

Source: IPN, Elena Covalenco

28 April 2018- 4 years ago, the European Union introduced a visa-free regime for the citizens of the Republic of Moldova.

According to the Border Police of Moldova, 1 469 917 Moldovan citizens used the visa-free facility. Out of these, 1 168 000 citizens came back to Moldova (the other 300 thousand could be still traveling (23 April- reporting date), residing based on a permit or having entered EU with an EU passport).

Most of the Moldovans crossed the border at Leușeni-Albița checkpoint (562 076 persons), followed by the Chișinău International Airport (273 300), Cahul-Oancea (256 307) and Sculeni-Sculeni (217 896). The Chișinău International Airport registers more crossings than ever: 1 535 937 people traveled to EU with their biometric passport. Men cross (2,4 million) the border to EU more often than women (1,8 million), while people aged between 26 and 35 are the most active at EU traveling across the age groups.

IPN quotes the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders that since the visa regime with the EU was liberalized on April 28, 2014, until December 31, 2017, slightly over 14,000 Moldovans were refused entry to the EU because they didn’t meet the entrance conditions, had insufficient financial resources or stayed longer than allowed in the Member States.

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