Connect with us
"
"

Justice

New debates on judicial reform – a CoE working group pays a visit to Moldova these days

Published

on

An working group created by the Council of Europe (CoE) pays a visit to Chișinău, on January 20-21, for conducting discussions regarding the implementation of judicial reform in Moldova. Prime Minister Ion Chicu had a meeting with members of the working group, led by Christos Giakoumopoulos, Director General of Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe. The working group was created by the Council of Europe to support the Republic of Moldova in the implementation of judicial reform, according to an official statement issued by the Government of the Republic of Moldova.

During the meeting, the head of the CoE delegation highlighted the need for the active involvement of all stakeholders in the drafting of the law on judicial reform. “We are here to help, to minimise risks. We will be partners in this process. We are ready to provide the necessary support to the Republic of Moldova, in terms of consultancy, but also technical assistance for the successful implementation of the judicial reform,” said the official.

Besides, discussions on previously sent to the Council of Europe set of documents reporting the progress of the judicial reform were held, including the strategy for ensuring the independence and integrity of the judiciary for the period 2020-2023, the action plan for implementing the strategy and the draft law on the evaluation of judges.

At the same time, the experts of the Council of Europe recommended to the Government of the Republic of Moldova to ensure a real process of public discussions of the draft law on the evaluation of judges with all the interested parties, including the judiciary and civil society representatives. Only afterwards, the project can be submitted to the Venice Commission for expertise.

The CoE representatives mentioned that it would be unacceptable to speed up the drafting process only to be able to submit it for examination to the Venice Commission during the March plenary session. It was recommended to submit the draft law on the evaluation of judges rather at the June 2020 plenary session.

The agenda of the CoE delegation includes meetings with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, the President of the Parliament, the Minister of Justice, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, the Prosecutor General, the Superior Council of Magistrates representatives, the Superior Council of Prosecutors representatives, the Director of the National Institute of Justice, as well as representatives of civil society and other officials from judicial and diplomatic areas.


Also today, the leader of the Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS), Maia Sandu, and the member of the Parliament, Sergiu Litvinenco, declared, in a press conference, that the new judges’ evaluation process is a disappointment, blaming the socialists and its unofficial leader Igor Dodon of attempting to take control of the judiciary.

“The current Government completely discredits the judicial reform. It tries to subordinate the judiciary to political interests. The proposals of the Government, as they appear in the draft law that was made public, present a major deviation from the judicial reform, promoted by us,” declared the PAS leader. In the opinion of Maia Sandu, judges and prosecutors from Moldovan judiciary have to be evaluated by independent experts from outside the country.

“The proposed mechanism is very dangerous. It is clear that no external evaluation of judges is foreseen. […] It could happen that honest judges are excluded from the system, while those who have integrity problems may remain,” added Sergiu Litvinenco.

Yet, Minister of Justice, Fadei Nagacevschi, denied the presence of political interest in judiciary and reminded that the evaluation process is to be monitored by a commission formed of 5 international experts and 5 national experts, the latter being elected by a Parliament’s special designated commission.

“There is a message of inconsistency. On the one hand, the desire to evaluate the judiciary for excluding corrupt judges is criticized, on the other hand, the cleansing of the Prosecutor’s Office is requested. […] The public accusations regarding the judges’ evaluation tool, as an attempt to take over the control over judiciary, has no reasonable argumentation. Instead, it forces me to ask myself questions about the real purpose of the former government, which promoted the evaluation tool in a clearly politicized manner, contrary to the Constitution of Moldova and international standards,” stated Nagacevschi on social media.

Photo: gov.md

Important

EU official: “It’s been a long time we’ve been patient. We will judge the Government’s actions objectively.”

Published

on

Director for Russia, Eastern partnership, Central Asia and OSCE, and Deputy Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia at the European External Action Service (EEAS), Luc Pierre Devigne, paid a visit to Chișinău today to participate in the 5th meeting of the EU-Moldova Association Committee.

He addressed a message to the Moldovan government during a press conference, criticising the way the reforms were implemented in the country, especially the way the famous bank fraud from Moldova, called also “the theft of the century” was investigated. Devigne considers inadmissible the fact that, after five years, the persons and companies that were involved in the fraud were not held accountable.

“It is unacceptable that after the theft of the billion was uncovered and deeply investigated by a leading financial investigation team – the Kroll company, whose findings were made publicly available, the investigation was still not finalised on various pretexts. We cannot believe that it is legally not possible to prosecute such a fraud.[…] It is the responsibility of the Government to ensure that justice works in the country. We want to see an open and transparent process that includes not only the Government, but also the consultation of opposition, civil society and the EU institutions recommendations.” said Devigne.

The EU official told the Moldovan politicians: “It’s time for actions. It’s been a long time we’ve been supportive, we’ve been patient. Now, we will judge the Government’s actions objectively.”

“The EU has always supported the Republic of Moldova, but the EU cannot substitute for good governance and the actions that should be taken by the Government. Our support is not unconditional.”

He said that European assistance will depend on how laws and democratic standards will be respected in Moldova. Particularly, Luc Pierre Devigne mentioned that the Republic of Moldova should join the Anticorruption Network for an effective fight against corruption, strengthen independent media and improve the quality of life in the case of the Moldovan citizens.

Luc Pierre Devigne also referred to the subject of the Citizenship by Investment Law, on which the Government applied a moratorium, but only until February 24, 2020. The official was disappointed that people who obtained such kind of citizenship remained anonymous. “We do not see this as compatible with a serious and secure visa liberalisation regime. It’s a security issue.” highlighted Devigne.

One of the central messages of the EU delegation to Moldova concerned the importance of boosting the cooperation between Moldova and the community bloc.

At the same time, the Moldovan authorities reiterated their commitment to comply with the recommendations of international organisations such as the OSCE and the Venice Commission, and to ensure public consultations on major projects.

Photo: cotidianul.md

Continue Reading

Economy

Global Talent Competitiveness Index: Moldova when it comes to Artificial Intelligence

Published

on

The 7th edition of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) addressed the topic Global Talent in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. The index is used to rank 132 national economies, across all groups of income and levels of development, that representing 97% of the world’s GDP and 94% of its population. The report referred, first of all, to the level of innovation and technology development, exploring how the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not only changing the nature of work but also forcing a re-evaluation of workplace practices, corporate structures and innovation ecosystems.

This year, Moldova ranked 86th out of 132 analysed economies, being ranked behind the neighbouring countries such as Ukraine and Romania, which ranked 66th and 64th, respectively.

The countries that are best positioned to benefit from the AI revolution are also the most developed countries in the world, especially when it comes to the competitiveness and potential of attracting and training best professionals. Top ten countries in the ranking are Switzerland, the United States of America, Singapore, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, Luxembourg, Norway and Australia.

New York, London, Singapore, San Francisco, Boston, Hong Kong, Paris, Tokyo, Los Angeles and Munich are among the most developed cities in this regard.

Enlarge

index2
source: insead.edu

Enlarge

index3
source: insead.edu

GTCI highlights

One of the most important observations made in the GTCI report for 2020 is that the gap between talent champions (almost all of them high-income countries) and the rest of the world is widening. Still, AI may provide significant opportunities for emerging countries to leapfrog.

The top of the GTCI rankings is still dominated by Europe, including the Nordic countries – a significant number of small high-income economies, many of them being either landlocked, island or quasi-island economies, including Switzerland (1st), Singapore (3rd), Luxembourg (8th), Iceland (14th) or Austria (17th).

According to the report, the key factor is developing relatively open socio-economic policies in which talent growth and management are central priorities in the age of AI.

Moldova

Moldova managed to get a score of 36.64, being ranked 86th out of 132 countries. It was classified as lower-middle income country and ranked 7th out of 32 countries included in this category. The country’s talent competitiveness index weakened as compared to the period between 2015-2017, when it was listed around the 61st position.

Moldova was evaluated with the highest scores for such aspects as gender development gap, ease of doing business, number of female graduates, competition intensity and political stability, while the lowest scores were given for its share of R&D expenditure, robot density, university ranking, number of registered researchers, scientific journal articles, labour productivity per employee, new business density and collaboration across organisations.

This year’s model of the GTCI index includes a total of 70 variables, up from 68 indicators used in the GTCI 2019.

source: insead.edu

Photo: cambridgealert.com

Continue Reading

Society

How corrupt Moldovan citizens are? Comparative figures

Published

on

When talking about corruption, most of Moldovan citizens blame the ‘system’ built by politicians and their political regimes throughout history. And that may be true, but only to some degree. When looking deeper, it can be actually observed that little corruption acts are perceived as a normality by a lot of individuals and legal entities in the country. That is what is shown in a recent study conducted by by the Center for Social Studies and Marketing “CBS – Research”. The study assessed the impact of the National Integrity and Anticorruption Strategy for the years 2017-2020.

 516 million lei – this is the total amount of bribes offered by Moldovans in 2019. On average, a Moldovan citizen has offered at least five bribes, while an enterprise has been involved in about three corruption acts. Businesses paid bribes worth 197,3 million lei, while individuals offered a total of 319,4 million lei as bribes during the last year, estimated the study. The value of the one illegal payment ranged from 50 to 20 thousand lei.

The research was carried out on the basis of a national survey where 1 120 persons, 506 companies and 606 civil servants from central, district and local public administration participated. The data were presented in comparison to the situation in 2017, when the first such survey was conducted. It was carried out within the project “Fight against corruption by strengthening integrity in the Republic of Moldova”, implemented by UNDP in collaboration with the National Anticorruption Center, and the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The total value of the bribes offered by Moldovans is lower, however, compared to those from two years ago, when the amounts varied between 100 and 500 thousand lei in the case of companies and between 50 lei and 8 thousand lei in the case of individuals, as the study stated.

Even though the study affirmed that corruption remains a serious problem for the Moldovan society, the level of intolerance of the population towards corruption has increased. Thus, about 62% of individuals (compared to 45% in 2017) and 83% of businesses (compared to 61% in 2017) consider any corruption situations unacceptable and declare that they do not accept to offer or receive bribes, regardless of the situation and implied personal benefit.

Moreover, both individuals (73% of respondents) and companies (80% of them) are aware that bribery entails punishment of both parties involved, and 87% of them, on average, would report the corruption acts to the anti-corruption agencies in the event of such a situation.

In the opinion of the civil servants participating in the survey, among the main causes of corruption are the low salaries in the public sector and the mentality of demanding and giving bribes in money and /or goods.

The same causes for corruption acts were emphasised by a survey conducted by Transparency International (TI) Moldova throughout the employees of 13 central public authorities. The survey results revealed that a quarter (24.6%) of civil servants who work in public institutions, and answered the survey, consider that their workplace is affected by corruption. More details about the survey can be found here.

Although the legislation obliges civil servants to report corruption cases and other abuses to the head of the public entity or to the responsible authority, a considerable part of the respondents (about 27%) are openly not willing to do it for reasons of personal security and lack of trust in empowered bodies, according to the TI-Moldova report.

Thus, the main factors that could determine the involvement of citizens in corruption abatement activities are the confidence that they will be protected if they denounce a public official for corruption acts, as well as the trust in the independence of the justice, showed the Center for Social Studies and Marketing study, as being reported by TV8.

“Committing acts of corruption must become non-profitable. But to drive forward those reforms, independent, effective, and incorruptible leaders of the judiciary and law enforcement bodies are urgently needed,” said Stanislav Pavlovschi, a Moldovan judge formerly at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), for the Global Voices portal.

In 2019, Moldova registered a score of 32 points for the Corruption Perception Index for 2019 released by Transparency International, being ranked 120th out of 180 countries. The score for Moldova worsened as compared to the 2018 year, when the country recorded 33 points, whereas improved when confronted to the data from 2017 – 31 points. More details here.

Photo: freepik.com

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Latest News

Important9 hours ago

EU official: “It’s been a long time we’ve been patient. We will judge the Government’s actions objectively.”

Director for Russia, Eastern partnership, Central Asia and OSCE, and Deputy Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia at the...

Economy1 day ago

Global Talent Competitiveness Index: Moldova when it comes to Artificial Intelligence

The 7th edition of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) addressed the topic Global Talent in the Age of Artificial Intelligence....

Society3 days ago

How corrupt Moldovan citizens are? Comparative figures

When talking about corruption, most of Moldovan citizens blame the ‘system’ built by politicians and their political regimes throughout history....

Society6 days ago

Amnesty International: the Government of Moldova needs to ensure hygiene conditions in schools. Statistics

“A clean and safe toilet in schools is a right, not a privilege.” – this is said in the statement of...

Environment1 week ago

Plastic bags use and selling will be penalised in Moldova

Chisinau, February 13, 2020 – The Parliament voted, in the second reading, a bill complementing the Contravention Code that provides...

Culture1 week ago

Moldova in the last decade// top Moldovan singers who have conquered the world

Nowadays, singers from the Republic of Moldova who perform solo or in bands went beyond the country’s borders and became...

Politics1 week ago

Who is going to pay back the stolen billion? President Dodon proposed a new legislative measure

A new legislative initiative was announced by the president of state, Igor Dodon. According to him, the burden of the...

Advertisement

Opinions

Advertisement

Trending