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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.
Without jobs and with unpaid salaries at the ‘mercy’ of justice
A new journalistic investigation conducted 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, is presenting the story of the former employees of the “Orlact” Ltd from Orhei, once a prosperous company, famous for its mayonnaise and dairy products. In a very short period, its new owners brought the company to bankruptcy by means of contracting a dozen of uncovered loans. Going through the insolvency procedure, the company management has sent the employees on unpaid leave, ”forgetting” to pay their outstanding salaries. The workers, who remained at the mercy of justice, have been trying already for the third year to get their salaries, but so far without success. Read here the full investigation and watch the documentary.
Fighting for Wages at the Glodeni Zahar JSC
They had to spend years in courts in search for justice, in order to obtain their unpaid salaries. After 7 years of court proceedings and with the court decision in their favour, the employees are still asking themselves who is going to pay their salaries now that the enterprise has been removed from the State Registrar of Enterprises. This is the story of the employees from the Glodeni Sugar Factory that has been liquidated recently. Read the investigation that was conducted within the project “Violation of Labour Rights in the Republic of Moldova: four examples", implemented by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in partnership with Platzforma and the Center for Investigative Journalism. “Gordian Knot” is a documentary about the situation of the employees of the Glodeni factory, produced within the same project. Follow us on for other investigations about labour rights’ violation and problems faced by the Moldovan employees.