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Frontiers of Democracy:Embedding Democratic Values in Central and Eastern Europe. Good practices and limits of transferability/ CEU/Visegrad Fund/APE. Edited by Bogdan Mihai Radu and Zsuzsanna Végh 02.02.2017

Newsletter nr.10. Synthesis and Foreign Policy Debates 01.12.2016
The Newsletter is based on the radio programme broadcast on November 21st, 2016, produced by the Foreign Policy Association of Moldova in partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES). The programme is broadcast on the Radio Moldova public channel. The programme is part of the FES/APE “European Integration and Foreign Policy Dialogues” Project. The content can be reproduced by mentioning the source. Materials can be taken without restriction but with the mentioning of the source
Frontiers of Democracy - Embedding Democratic Values in Moldova and Ukraine. 03.10.2016
Moldova and Ukraine, countries of the European Union's Eastern Partnership program, are undergoing complex processes of democratic transformation, but with weak embeddedness of democratic values and principles drawbacks can occur. It is embeddedness that helps to overcome the challenges of transformation and pushes countries beyond mere frontiers of democracy towards becoming strongly committed democratic communities. The goal of this project is to facilitate embedding democratic values in the societal ethos, and thus to contribute to future successful consolidation in Moldova and Ukraine
Counsil of the European Union:Joint Press Release following the second Association Council meeting between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova. 14.03.2016. 17.03.2016
The European Union and the Republic of Moldova (hereinafter "Moldova) held today the second meeting of the Association Council under the Association Agreement. The EU and Moldova reconfirmed the common determination to implement their commitments to strengthening Moldova´s political association and economic integration with the EU.
Press Release, “Communicating Europe” task force group meeting, Chisinau, December 10, 2015 11.12.2015 // 1205.5Kb
EU and Council of Europe to Boost Cooperation in Eastern Partnership Region. Visa- Free Europe, 29.12.2014. 29.12.2014
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EU - Transnistrian Dialogues

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Victor Chirila, Moldova – The Falling Star of the Eastern Partnership (EaP), APE/BST, 16.06.2015. 16.06.2015 // 451.926Kb
In the wake of the EaP Summit in Vilnius that took place on 28-29 November 2013, Moldova was considered the brightest star of the EaP. Its merits were evident. It initialed the Association Agreement (AA) including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Aria (DCFTA) with the EU concluded successfully the visa liberalization dialogue with the EU and the European Commission recommended to the EU Council the lifting of visa requirements for Moldovan citizens who hold biometric passports. Five months later, on 28 April 2014, the EU has liberalized visa regime with Moldova, then, on 27 June 2014, Moldova signed the
APE Policy Paper: The Transnistrian Settlement in Stalemate. APE/FEE. 25.05.2015 25.05.2015 // 329.392Kb
In 2014, the small-step policy of engagement with the Transnistrian administration has stalled. The consultations in the "5+2" format were discontinued and discussions on the political and security issues remained blocked. The sectorial cooperation between both banks has generally known no development. The joint working groups met without deciding anything substantial and their work agendas were dominated mainly by the conflicting issues. The situation in the security zone of the conflict continued to deteriorate, while the mutual recriminations between Tiraspol and Chisinau on sabotaging the dialogue have become increasingly common.
Victor Chirila: Towards a new European Neighbourhood Policy: A Moldovan perspective. APE/BST. 25.05.2015. 25.05.2015 // 282.596Kb
Moldova supports the ENP as a general policy framework for its members, nevertheless, it is pledging for a clear cut distinction between ENP’s South and East dimensions, between the Eastern Partnership and the Mediterranean Union, between the European and non-European neighbours of the EU. Moreover, past five year have shown that even the Eastern Partnership is not a monolithic group of countries, on the contrary, its members have different level of ambitions when it comes to the scope and depth of their domestic reforms and their relationships with the EU. Therefore, Moldova is pledging strongly for a deeper differentiation including
Corneliu Ciurea: The Neutrality of the Republic of Moldova in the Light of Ukraine’s Security Policy. APE/NED. 30.03.2015 // 293.369Kb
Moldova’s Vote to Embrace Europe Puts the EU in the Hot Seat. By Victor Chirila, Open Society Foundation, 12 December 2014. 16.12.2014
Alexandru Cocirta: Recommendations to Reform the Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Moldova in 2014. APE. February 2014. 27.02.2014 // 86.07Kb
Lina Grau: APE Recommendations for Combating Discrimination in 2014. APE. February 2014. 27.02.2014 // 73.055Kb
Victor Chirila: APE Recommendations for Moldova’s Reintegration Policy. APE. February 2014. 27.02.2014 // 89.828Kb
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The new presidents of Bulgaria and Moldova are less pro-Russian than advertised.The Economist. 14.11.2016 11.11.2016
Victoria Bucataru of the Foreign Policy Association, a Moldovan think-tank, suspects that Mr Dodon and Mr Plahotniuc had “a secret alliance” to stop Ms Sandu and her reform agenda. She anticipates that Mr Dodon will follow his announced first visit to Moscow with a reassuring one to Brussels. His election pledges to tear up Moldova’s agreements with the European Union will be ignored, not least because—unlike Russia—the EU, its member countries and America give Moldova large amounts of aid. Ever since $1 billion was stolen from Moldova’s banking system in 2014 (probably by local oligarchs), the country has been dependent
Moldova Elections Aren’t About Europe or Russia. They’re About Moldova.Andrew Kolb.German Marshall Fund. 10.11.2016 11.11.2016
After this week’s U.S. election, not many in the United States or Western Europe are focused on the elections that are taking place in Moldova. Those who have been following saw a fascinating political drama unfold, as Maia Sandu took 38 percent of the vote to Socialist Party’s Igor Dodon’s 48 percent in the first round of voting October 30 — results close enough to force a runoff election between the two candidates scheduled for November 13.
Crisis in Moldova. A republic, if you can steal it. The Economist. 30.01.2016 01.02.2016
IN 1918 the then three-month-old Moldovan republic gave up the struggle for survival and united with neighbouring Romania. It is a sign of how dire things are today, says Iulian Fota, a Romanian analyst, that people are talking about doing so again. Ever since 2014, when the embezzlement of about $1 billion from three banks forced a taxpayer bail-out that has crippled the economy, the country has been lurching towards collapse. Opposition supporters are permanently encamped in front of the government building. Maia Sandu, a former education minister who is rushing to build a new party, says the situation could
Some ministers of Leanca Government should be kept, opinions. Info Prim Neo.05.12.2014. 05.12.2014
Chisinau does not expect negative reactions from EU member states over visas.The minister Natalia 20.11.2013
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Interview with Mr. Ion Sturza, ex Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova: „It is not Putin who is powerful, it is the global leaders who are weak “. 23.03.2014 23.03.2014 // 92.702Kb
Mr. Sturza (53 years old) has started his political carrier in 1999 and became well-known for his nine-month running of the government. Although he withdrew from the political scene, many conationals would be in favor of his presidency in the county across the Prut River (Republic of Moldova – note of translator). As a business man his name surfaced in 2007. Mr. Sturza intermediated one of the largest M@A transactions in Romanian history, the sale of Rompetrol to KazMunaiGaz. He settled in Bucharest and is currently running an Investment Fund of his own, Fribourg Capital, which has a widely
Interview with Victor Chirila: Moldova is close to becoming politically and institutionally failed state. Info-Prim Neo. 27.05.2013. 28.05.2013
The Republic of Moldova is very close to becoming a politically and institutionally failed state that will be ignored by its main foreign partners. According to Victor Chirila, executive director of the Foreign Policy Association, the only chance to avoid this collapse is to form a pro-European Government consisting of non-discredited persons and to have an appropriate reaction to the last European Parliament officials’ attempts to contribute to overcoming the political crisis in Moldova.
Interview with the President of the Republic of Moldova, Nicolae Timofti, to the Lithuanian website 13.07.2012
Nicolae Timofti: I mean a bridge for people, goods and ideas to cross it over. In the Republic of Moldova, we have experts and institutions which are familiar with both East and West. Hundreds of thousands of Moldovans have travelled in Western Europe during the last years and continue to travel. On the other hand, the Republic of Moldova was part of the former USSR and now it is part of CIS, thus, our fellow citizens could mediate, on the condition of launching some platforms in this sense, some projects, for example business or cultural, because they feel themselves comfortable
Exclusive: Lithuania offers Moldova EU membership perspective, Irena Degutienė, Speaker of Lithuanian Seimas. Info-Prim Neo. 09.07.2012. 09.07.2012
German Perspective on the R. Moldova’s Foreign Policy Vectors. Vocea Basarabiei. 19.11.2011 19.11.2011
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Statement by the Civil Society Representatives on the commitments made by the President of Moldova, Igor Dodon, in Moscow 20.01.2017
On January 17-18, while paying an official visit to Moscow, Igor Dodon, the President of the Republic of Moldova, made a series of reprehensible statements, which are in conflict with the constitutional provisions, override the national interests, deepen the social division, jeopardize the economic security of the country, seriously tarnish the image of Moldova as a responsible partner, and create tensions in our relations with all the other strategic partners of the country, particularly EU, Romania, and Ukraine.
COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, Luxembourg, 25 June 2013, 11472/13, PRESSE 290
Joint Statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and Commissioner Štefan Füle on the no-confidence vote taken by the Moldovan Parliament on 5 March 2013 , EUROPEA4 U4IO4 Brussels, A 113/13 06.03.2013
"We take note of today's no-confidence vote of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova and the dismissal of the Moldovan Government that ensues. This vote takes place as Moldova has made substantial progress in its visa liberalisation process and the completion of ambitious negotiations on an EU-Moldova Association Agreement is within sight.
Council of the European Union, Press Release, 3222nd Council meeting Foreign Affairs, Brussels, 18 February 2013 19.02.2013 // 205.376Kb
Stefan Fule speech: EU-Moldova Forum organised by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik / Berlin, Germany. 22 October 2012. 26.10.2012
Speech by President Barroso to European Union Heads of Delegation, Annual Conference of EU Heads of Delegation, EUSR and Chargés d'Affaires /Brussels. 4 September 2012 04.09.2012
The Visa-free Europe Coalition, Warsaw, 21 June 2012 08.08.2012 // 475.986Kb
The Answer of the High Representative, Vice President of the European Commission Catherine Ashton and the Member of the European Commission, Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmstrom 08.08.2012 // 69.146Kb
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Weekly Radio Programme 01.02.2009
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APE Events

The Center for European Neighborhood Studies in cooperation with the Foreign Policy Association of Moldova cordially invite you to the roundtable discussion "Frontiers of Democracy: How to support democratic trasition in Moldova?" 23.01.2017
Venue: Regency Hotel (Strada Sfatul Ţării 17, Chișinău 2012) Date: January 27 (Friday), 2017 Language: Romanian / simultaneous translation to English Program in Romanian: Program in English:

Press Release, “Communicating Europe” task force group meeting, Chisinau, December 10, 2015 11.12.2015
In September 2015, the Foreign Policy Association of Moldova in partnership with Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies (Poland), Center for EU Enlargement Studies (Hungary), Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (Slovakia), Association of International Affairs (Czech Republic), the Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies (Georgia), the Institute of World Policy and the financial support of the Visegrad Fund has launched a new project entitled “V4 Supporting Communication Strategy of Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine on implementing AA and DCFTA” .

Press release, Study Visit on Rural Development in Estonia, 19 – 24 October 2015. APE/MFA Estonia. 26.10.2015
During 19-24 October, the Foreign Policy Association (APE) in partnership with the Estonian Rural Network organized a rural development information visit to Estonia. The visit was aimed at studying Estonian best experience in implementing rural development policy.

Trends of the Eastern Partnership before Riga, Survey on Post-Vilnius Eastern Partnership, Visegrad Fund project, Brussels, 17.04.2015. 27.04.2015
Association for International Affairs organized a public presentation of the final results of its unique research project focused on the Eastern Partnership Initiative at the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU in Brussels on April 14. The key findings on Moldova were presented by APE research fellows Victoria Bucataru. The project was realized with the generous support of the International Visegrad Fund.

Press Release: Study visit in Estonia for civil society representatives from Chisinau and Tiraspol 02.07.2013
On June 25-29, the Foreign Policy Association (APE) organized a study visit in Estonia with the support of the Republic of Moldova’s Embassy in Tallinn.

Eastern Partnership Public Administration Reform seminar: “Preconditions for effective policy coordination for European integration”, Chisinau, 12-14 June 2013. 12.06.2013 // 156Kb
7th high-level PAR seminar for Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Georgian, Moldovan, Ukrainian, and EU Member States’ diplomats and civil servants under the Panel on Public Administration Reform of the 1st Multilateral Platform of the European Union’s Eastern Partnership. Agenda attached.

Slovakia's experience in trade policy area following the integration to the EU, Judit Vankova, Trade Policy Department, Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic. National Convention on the EU in Moldova. 27.03.2013 // 4186.016Kb

Round Table with Anneli Ute Gabanyi: „Presidential Prerogatives and Political Regimes in a European Perspective” 16.03.2010
At the event participated the APE staff, members of the Board, expets and journalists

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