Training voor jongeren in Moldavië

Afgelopen weekend organiseerden we een campagnetraining voor jongeren van de Democratische Partij in Moldavië. Er zijn in het land kort geleden presidentsverkiezingen geweest die teleurstellen verliepen voor de partij, en dus willen ze zich nu concentreren op het opleiden van de jongeren generatie politici.

Russian winter starts in Moldova

On 13 November the run-off Presidential elections took place in Moldova. An openly pro-Russian socialist candidate Igor Dodon assumed presidency with 99.9% of votes counted. Dodon (Socialist Party and former economy minister in a communist 2006-2009 government) acquired 52.29% of votes against the pro-European candidate Maia Sandu (Action and Solidarity Party and former World Bank official and education minister in 2012-2015), who received 47.71%. The voters turnout was 53.3%, only 4% higher than in the first round on 30 October, while abroad it doubled. Such a result could influence the ongoing EU integration efforts of Moldova. Dodon has said during his campaign that he plans to conduct a referendum on withdrawing from the Association Agreement with the EU and joining the Eurasian Customs Union instead. Good relations with Romania and Ukraine have been claimed to be of interest to Dodon as well, even though he has said recently that Crimea is a ‘factual’ part of Russia, which caused outrage in Ukraine. Sandu, in her turn, supported the withdrawal of several thousands of Russian “peacekeeping” troops from the separatist Trans-Dniester region, which broke away in early 1990s. It was unusual that 9,000 people came to vote in Trans-Dniester this time, where they usually do not participate in Moldovan elections.

Trainingen in Moldavië en Georgië

Afgelopen weekend hadden we o.a. een training in Moldavië en een training in Georgië. In Moldavië was de training onderdeel van een groter project, waarbij we in meerdere landen seminars houden over de (verloren?) link tussen politieke partijen en het maatschappelijk middenveld. In Georgië was de training vooral gericht op de komende parlementsverkiezingen van 8 oktober.

Republiek Moldavië – Weinig uitzicht op verbetering

Het noordoosten van Roemenië is de armste streek in de Europese Unie. Maar als de inwoners van Vaslui of Lași uit hun achterraam over de rivier de Proet kijken, ligt daar een nog veel armer land. De republiek Moldavië - niet te verwarren met de gelijknamige regio in Roemenië - heeft een vijf keer lager BBP per hoofd van de bevolking (5000 $) dan Roemenië, dat zelf het op één na armste land van de EU is.

Tens of thousands protest in Moldavian capital Chisinau

Sunday an estimated 60.000 protesters gathered on the central square in the Moldovan capital Chisinau to call for the resignation of president Nicolae Timofti and for new elections to be held, after a major bank fraud further derogated Moldova’s already struggling economy last year. One billion dollar, equivalent to roughly 1/8th of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), disappeared from three banks in November 2014, leading to steep inflation, the depreciation of the national currency, Leu, and a lowering of the living standards of the population. Protesters, shouting “bring the billion back home” and “down with the mafia”, further demanded the resignation of officials at Moldova’s central bank and the attorney general’s office. Moldovans form all over the country and from different political backgrounds came together at the six hour long protest, while up to 40 tents had been erected early Monday morning as a base for some of the protesters who pledged to stay until their demands are met.

Youth Summer Academy Eastern Europe takes place in Lviv, Ukraine

On 19-23 August the sixth annual Summer Academy organised by the British Labour Party, Foundation Max van der Stoel, European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity and partners in Ukraine from the New Social Democratic Platform was held Lviv, Ukraine. The Summer Academy is organised for young social democrats from Eastern Europe and is aimed to help the participants learn new skills in political ideology, campaigning, communication and debating as well as gain enough confidence and knowledge to be able to repeat the training themselves. The participants were selected from social democratic parties from 4 countries - Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. Trainers from the UK and The Netherlands facilitated the training together with trainers from Moldova and Ukraine (who were themselves alumni of previous Summer Academy editions).

Moldovan PM to resign if certain leaders are not replaced

In an open letter, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, Chiril Gaburici, stated he will resign if the government refuses to replace the leaders of the General Prosecution, the National Bank, and the National Committee of Financial Market. The statement comes after a one billion dollar scandal raised public embarrassment on the government and national banks, followed by mass protests.

Campagne training in Moldavië

Afgelopen weekend organiseerde de FMS een campagnetraining in Moldavië, voor de jongeren van onze zusterpartij, de Democratische Partij (DPM). In juni vinden in Moldavië lokale verkiezingen plaats, dus trainers Samir Spanja en Hester Assen kregen een groep jongeren voor zich die actief betrokken zijn bij de lokale campagne.

Minority governing coalition formed in Moldova

On 23 January the Democratic Party of Moldova (PDM) and the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova (PLDM) signed an agreement to form a minority governing coalition. Earlier, the leaders of the parties announced they were unable to come to an agreement with the third prospective coalition partner, Liberal Party (PL). The PL still seems opens to discussions, but has dismissed any possibility of agreement with the Communist Party, as suggested earlier by PDM leader Marian Lupu. The minority coalition will have to gather support from opposition MPs for each of its proposals.

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