Welcome to the FES Office Republic of Moldova
Eastern European Academy for Social Democracy offers dialogue and qualification programme for young leaders of progressive parties or social democratic youth organizations, young members of Parliament, junior government officials or active citizens of civil society from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Germany, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine through a Call for Applications. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung invites progressive young leaders between 25 and 35 years to apply for the first edition of the Eastern European Academy for Social Democracy, which will take place from 20th till 27th of November 2016 in Germany (Berlin, Schwerin).
Transnistria- regulation or new tensions?
Read in the recent issue of the foreign policy newsletter by the Foreign Policy Association and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung interviews with representatives of the Moldovan civil society on the recent developments in the Transnistrian settlement process as well the situation in the region. What should be the “red lines” for the Moldovan authorities in the negotiation process and what should be the role of the Moldovan civil society in monitoring the process? Are the December elections in Transnistria going to change the situation for the better? Can we expect tangible results from the negotiations in an electoral year for both sides involved in the conflict? What are the messages of the British ambassador to the Moldovan political class and society at the end of his term as ambassador to the Republic of Moldova? To find answers to these issues, read the newsletter.
Lesson Sharing for an active democracy at the local level
Participants in the Citizens First civic education project implemented by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Association of Citizens with Initiative-mayors, local councillors, and representatives of citizens’ initiative groups – met on August 5-6 in Vadul lui Voda to share experience and discuss ways of promoting democracy at the local level through enhanced administrative transparency, improved access to information and citizens’ involvement in the decision making process. They shared experience also in the area of local anti-corruption policies and citizens’ involvement in the monitoring of the LPAs’ integrity. Citizens’ participation was a central topic of the meeting also in the context of the new development opportunities for the communities.
Working in the underground without salaries and any social protection
The Mileştii Mici Stone Mine State Enterprise, once a profitable enterprise, is on the verge of bankruptcy. The workers who have dedicated 20-30 years of their life to the work in the mine, are now forced to accept technical unemployment or work without salaries for months. Those who get sick or retire are realizing they are not entitled to health care or years of hard work in the mine have not been considered while calculating the pension for the reason that the employer had not paid the social contributions to the health and social insurance fund. Read here the full investigation and watch the documentary produced within the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Project “Violation of Labour Rights in the Republic of Moldova: four examples", implemented in partnership with Platzforma and the Center for Investigative Journalism.
Resumption of the 5+2 negotiations- a new window of opportunity?
The recent issue of the foreign policy newsletter by the Foreign Policy Association and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is presenting the opinion of Moldovan, Transnistrian and Russian commentators on the resumption of the official negotiations over the Transnistrian conflict resolution that took place early this month in Berlin. What are the expectations from the resumed negotiation process? What are the interests of the major players- Germany and the Russian Federation – in the unfreezing of the negotiations, and what is at stake for Moldova? To find answers to these and other questions, read the newsletter.