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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
Democratization is a complex process that entails both critical choices of new institutions, and the rooting of those institutions in the societal ethos. Much of the literature on democratic transition, consolidation and Europeanization has been dominated by the study of legal and institutional crafting, especially concerning the post-communist and post-Soviet countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), where not only political but also economic and social institutions had to be created in the process of the fundamental transformations taking place after 1989. However, the footprint of a healthy democracy cannot be measured only in terms of institutional performance. It has to also include citizens’ attitudes to and engagement with the new institutions, and, in fact, a general change of mentality that refl ects their attachment to the new system. It is people’s attachment to democratic values that may keep governments in check and preclude them from slipping toward populist and antidemocratic measures, when the possibility and temptation to reshape democratic institutions arise.
 
Corneiul Ciurea: Confidence-Building in Moldova: Domestic and External Security Challenges. EU/ CIPDD/ APE/ PIC /EaP/ CSF 25.08.2016
Moldova’s security requires a consistent response to home-grown corruption and the risk of resulting political destabilisation along side the risks posed by the Russia Ukraine conflict and information warfare. Confidence-Building in Moldova:Domestic and External Security Challenges assesses the priorities for a security strategy to rebuild trust among citizens and strengthen international co-operation to diffuse conflicts in the neighbourhood and to settle the Transnistria conflict.
 
Dovilė Šukytė,Victoria Bucătaru,Simonas Čepėnas,Hennadiy Maksak,Svetlana Rogov,Iurii VdovenkoECONOMIC CHALLENGES OF UKRAINE AND MOLDOVA ON THE WAY TO EU. 22.02.2016
The study is a result of the Capacity Building for Moldovan and Ukrainian NGOs to Assess the Economic Impact of Politically Motivated Actions project made possible by the re-granting mechanism of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, which includes assistance of the European Union and the National Endowment for Democracy.
 
Victoria Bucătaru,Anita Sobják "Aid Coordination in Moldova: Politics Killing Policy" 30.11.2015
Leading up to the formation of Moldova’s third government since elections a year ago, Chisinau faces not only political and macro-financial instability, but also suffers from a severe trust deficit in relations with external partners, some of which have suspended aid flows this year. If Moldova was once the most advanced Eastern Partnership state in terms of aid coordination, government ownership of the process has significantly weakened as a result of the protracted political crisis. Although donors continue to cooperate among themselves via well-established channels, participation by state institutions is currently limited. Once the political setting is stabilised, the government will need to go to great lengths to regain the trust of its external partners and re-establish donor coordination. This is fundamental if Moldova is to make the best use of assistance in order to recover its finances quickly.
 
Victoria Bucataru, “Moldova still at the crossroads: Is the European path irreversible?” 18.05.2015
“Moldova still at the crossroads: Is the European path irreversible?” in The Di fferent Faces of "Soft Power": The Baltic States and Eastern Neighborhood between Russia and the EU/ Ed. by Toms Rostoks and Andris Spruds. – Riga: Latvian Institute of International Affairs, 2015. – 256 p., http://www.liia.lv/site/docs/LIIA_soft_power_book_web_layout.pdf
 
Trends of Eastern Partnership, Survey on Post-Vilnius Eastern Partnership, Visegrad Fund project 27.04.2015
The aim of the research project “Important, Forgotten, or Irrelevant? Stakeholders' Survey on Post-Vilnius Eastern Partnership” was to map the ideas, opinions and visions of important stakeholders coming from V4 member states and EaP partner countries towards the EaP initiative. Our respondents (politicians, diplomats, civil servants, analysts, NGO workers, journalists, and businessmen) answered 15 questions in areas relating to the up to now development of the EaP initiative, its principal benefits and shortcomings for the participating countries and its future prospects.
 
Corneliu Ciurea: Comparative analysis of options for assurance of national security of the Republic of Moldova in the Context of Russian aggression in Ukraine. APE/FEE. 25.03.2015
In this paper we will debate the main trends that revolve around this major cleavage - neutrality versus accession to NATO- in terms of the consequences of the Ukrainian crisis on Moldova. In our opinion, in this situation the idea of neutrality increasingly loses its sense. Moreover, the disappearance of previously accepted rules turns the neutrality into an almost hollow concept. However, the paradox of security insurance makes, despite continued erosion of its contents, neutralityto remain an indispensable concept from the view of necessity to reduce the risks. Any guidance in other direction, would lead to an unjustified increase of risks and threats for the Republic of Moldova.
 
EU budget support to Eastern Partnership Countries: Cases of Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine. Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, 2014 16.02.2015
The publication represents an evaluation which focuses on the EU budget support as an instrument of the EU funding to governments in three Eastern Partnership countries: Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine.This Publication has been produced in the framework of the project "EU Budget Support to the Eastern Partnership Countries: Civil Monitoring and Evaluation", funded by the European Union and co-funded by the Sweden Government.
 
Victor Chirila: Why a Strategic Partnership between Moldova and Russia Is Not a Realistic Option? Foreign Policy Association (APE). 24.01.2013. 24.01.2013
 
Rosian Vasiloi, State Border Management - achievements and challenges in the context of implementing the Action Plan on Visa Liberalization with the European Union (Phase I and Phase II). APE-BTD project, 01.11.2012. 01.11.2012
Project APE-BTD: “Civic Monitoring on the implementation of the Visa Liberalization Action Plan with the European Union”
 
Alexandru Baltag, The impact of the Republic of Moldova’s accession to the European Energy Community on the domestic energy security sector. APE - FES. 26.10.2012. 26.10.2012
The Foreign Policy Association together with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung would like to present a study on The impact of the Republic of Moldova’s accession to the European Energy Community on the domestic energy security sector, elaborated in the framework of the project “Foreign Policy and European Integration Synthesis and Debates”. The Present paper was written by Alexandru Baltag, expert in energy security field.
 
Ion Schidu: Implementing the anti-discrimination law in the liberalization of the visa regime with the EU: achievements and challenges. APE - BTD. 19.10.2012. 19.10.2012
 
Corneliu Gurin: Anti-corruption reforms in the context of the visa liberalization dialogue with the EU. APE - BTD. 19.10.2012. 19.10.2012
This paper was presented at the EU - Republic of Moldova Forum in Berlin, organized on 22-23 October 2012.
 
Eugen Revenco: Reform of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI) in the context of the visa liberalization dialogue with the EU. APE - FES. 19.10.2012. 19.10.2012
This paper was presented at the EU - Republic of Moldova Forum in Berlin, organized on 22-23 October 2012.
 
Viorel Chivriga: The Evolution of Economic Reforms in the Republic of Moldova: 2011 – 2012. 16.10.2012
This paper was presented at the EU - Republic of Moldova Forum in Berlin, organized on 22-23 October 2012.
 
Victoria Bucătaru: Moldova and European Union: from cooperation to integration (2011-2012) 15.10.2012
This paper was presented at the EU - Republic of Moldova Forum in Berlin, organized on 22-23 October 2012
 
Radu Vrabie: Transnistrian Settlement: 2011 – 2012 14.10.2012
This paper was presented at the EU - Republic of Moldova Forum in Berlin, organized on 22-23 October 2012.
 
Moldova scores 8,6 out of 10 for implementing the Action Plan on visa liberalization (1st Phase). CRPE-APE. 12.06.2012. 12.06.2012
This report is both an assessment of the progress made by Republic of Moldova in implementing the Action Plan for visa liberalization and an analysis of the relationship between Chisinau and Brussels regarding visas, through a detailed comparison with the precedent set by Western Balkan countries, where visas were lifted from 2009 to 2010. The report also includes an analysis of how decisions on visas have been taken and will be taken in the EU.
 
Victoria Boian: Weaknesses of the legal and institutional support granted to the R. Moldova’s Diaspora 04.11.2011
In the last twenty years, Republic of Moldova registered a series of major changes in political, economic, social and cultural field. The collapse of the Soviet Union generated a continuous transition process in all spheres of human life that led to the emergence of new social phenomena or deepening existing ones, migration of working - age population being one of them. Migration is determined mainly by the lack of jobs and low wages, unstable political situation, lack of social and economic security. According to statistics provided by National Bureau of Statistics, in 2010 around 311 000 people were abroad working or seeking work. At the same time, it is assumed that the actual number of unofficial migrants is around 600 000 people.
 
"EU Role in the Settlement of the Transnistrian Conflict " 03.12.2010
EU role in the 5+2 negotiation process and the possibilities of increasing its involvement in the transnistrian conflict resolution process.
 
Interviews

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 “. Adevarul.ro. 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
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
Interview with the President of the Republic of Moldova, Nicolae Timofti, to the Lithuanian website http://eurodialogue.org/ 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
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Multimedia

Weekly Radio Programme 01.02.2009
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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
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
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Opinions&Comments

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
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
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