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Chisinau Will Host the 22nd Conference of the Ministers of Justice from the Member States of the Council of Europe

Chisinau Will Host the 22nd Conference of the Ministers of Justice from the Member States of the Council of Europe

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In the period between June 17 and 18, in Chisinau will take placethe 22nd Conference of the CE Ministers’ Committee regarding the issue"The Independence of Judges".

The organizational aspects linked to this event have been discussed onWednesday, during the first session of the Governmental committee for theorganization of the 22nd conference of Ministers of Justice from Europe, ledby Moldovan Vice-Prime-Minister Nicolae Andronic.

Assistant External Minister Iurie Leanca declared that "the fact that thismeeting is taking place in the capital of Moldova has a large politicalsignificance". He mentioned that "it will be for the first time when Chisinauhosts a meeting at such a representative level".

President of the committee Nicolae Andronic said that the greatest part of theexpenditures for organizing the meeting will be supported by the Council ofEurope. According to the preliminary estimations, Moldova will contribute300,000 lei. 125,000 lei will be spent for renting the halls in the RepublicPalace, 15,000 lei for renting the transport, 6,000 lei for requisites, 1,500lei is the price of the stands for the Republic Palace, 28,000 lei will bespent for two dinners, 28,000 lei will be the price of the reception offeredby the Moldovan President, 28,000 lei – the price of the reception offered bythe Prime-Minister, 18,000 lei – the reception offered by the Vice-Prime-Minister,9,100 lei – the breakfast offered by the Ministry of Justice and 14,000 leiwill be spent for serving the participants to the meeting with mineral water,tea and coffee.

The main report of the conference will be presented by Minister of Justice ofGreat Britain, while the co-reports will be presented by the Moldovan andGerman Ministers of Justice.

Mr. Andronic insisted on the quality of the report that will be presented by theMoldovan Minister of Justice and on his elaboration by June 10.

All the expenditures linked to the trip and housing will be supported by themembers of the delegations that will participate in the meeting.

Beside the Ministers of Justice from the 40 member states of the CE, in themeeting will also participate the Ministers of Justice of the observing states -USA, Japan, Canada, Armenia, Azerbaidjan, Georgia and Vatican.

Mr. Andronic concluded that the success of the organization of this meetingwill have positive consequences for Moldova’s image in the Council of Europe,and in future on the possibility of Moldova’s integration into the Europeanstructures. // FLUX

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The activist who poured a bucket of milk over the head of Minister of Finance Octavian Armasu, sentenced to one year in prison

Activist Andrei Donica, who, two years ago, poured a bucket of milk over Finance Minister Octavian Armasu, was sentenced to one year in prison with suspension.

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On September 30, 2016, Finance Minister Octavian Armaşu was splashed with milk by a protester (Andrei Donica), right in front of the Government. Andrei Donica accused the official of promoting the “bill of billions by which citizens were reimbursed for state guarantees issued for devalued banks.”

The protester believes that the judge violated his rights because the sentence was delivered to him in his absence, the document having been received by post, after the term of appeal had expired at the Court of Appeal.

“It was a protest action, I did not hit him, I did not call him names.”

TV8 writes that although Donica was recently convicted, the young man does not regret his action, but would do it more ingeniously if he could go back in time.

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The Democratic Party advocates amending the Constitution so that judges are elected by the people. President Dodon “will not” sign the project

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The announcement was made today by PDM chairman Vlad Plahotniuc during a briefing of the party. The legislative proposal is due to be registered in the Parliament over the next few days.

“Reforms in the field of justice were meant to strengthen the independence of justice, to make judges work for people, as is the case with countries with advanced democracies,” Vlad Plahotniuc said.

However, the political spectacle goes on. Today, President Igor Dodon announced that he will not sign the Democratic Party’s draft constitutional amendment by introducing the phrase “European integration.”

“It is not right that the ideological visions of a party are introduced into the Constitution. […] What kind of pro-Moldova approach is this? The parliamentary elections will be the ones to show who and what citizens want, and that the Constitution should not be amended now, in a hurry, without broad social consensus and at the end of a political mandate,” the head of the state declared.

It should be noted that a month ago, the Democratic Party of Moldova announced that it will become more clear, starting with the next period, as a “pro-Moldova” party, acting “for all Moldovans”, focusing on solving people’s problems.

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The Constitutional Court has decided that citizens have the right to initiate legislative referendums

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Today, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Moldova (CCM) has decided that, according to the law, citizens have the right to initiate legislative referendums. This happened after a group of PLDM deputies asked for the Constitution to be interpreted on this subject.

The Court found that the right to initiate a legislative referendum by citizens stems even from the provisions of the Electoral Code, which already establishes two rules regarding the initiation of the Republican referendum by citizens.

The Court regarded that, although citizens have the right to initiate a legislative referendum, the legal framework contains several omissions regarding the procedure for initiating this type of referendum, including the formal and material validity of the texts submitted to the referendum.

A press release states that, having regard to the provisions of Article 72 (3) lit. b) of the Constitution, the Court emphasized that it is up to Parliament to regulate clearly the procedure for the initiation of referendums by citizens.

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