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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.

Conferentie in Kiev: Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova: a European choice

Op 15 en 16 November organiseerde de FMS in samenwerkingsverband van het European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity een conferentie in Kiev (Oekraïne), getiteld: Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova: a European Choice. Sprekers uit EU landen en uit Oekraïne, Moldavië en Georgië focusten op de ontwikkelingen in en rondom de drie landen sinds hun duidelijk verwoordde keuze voor een Europese ontwikkelingskoers. Deze keuze werd ook geformuleerd in de Associatieverdragen die alle drie de landen ondertussen hebben getekend, en hebben (bijna allemaal) geratificeerd. De confrontatie met Rusland waarmee ze nu te maken hebben is een rechtstreeks gevolg hiervan, maar zorgt er ook voor dat deze drie landen steeds meer een blok gaan vormen.

Pro-European parties in Moldova set for majority in parliamentary election

With over 89% of the votes counted in yesterday’s parliamentary election in Moldova, it seems that the pro-European political parties – currently in government – have managed to retain a majority: Liberal Democratic Party (PLDM) with 19,46% (24 seats, down from 32), Democratic Party (PDM) with 15,78% (19 seats, up from 15) and Liberal Party (PL) with 9,36% (12 seats, unchanged), which would bring them to a total of 55 seats in the 101-seat parliament, if they manage to cooperate. However, the biggest winner of the election is the Socialist Party (PSRM), which took a suprising lead with 21,34% of the votes so far (25 seats). The Communist Party (PCRM), formerly the biggest opposition party, has lost dramatically, so far getting 17,95% of the vote (21 seats) down from the 42 seats it took in the last election in 2010.

Movie night: "Age of Delirium", the collapse of the Soviet Union

On 21 September Blinibioscoop and Foundation Max van der Stoel are organising a screening of documentary film "Age of Delirium," which focusses on the fall of the Soviet Union, followed by a panel discussion. The film screening will begin at 15:00, the panel at 17:00, to be followed by the Bliniscoop traditional pancakes. Entrance fee is 5 Euros, and includes pancakes. The working language will be English.

Jongerentraining in Moldavië

Afgelopen weekend (1-3 augustus) organiseerden wij, in samenwerking met de lokale partner de Democratische Partij van Moldavië (DPM), een training voor jongeren in Moldavië. De training vond plaats in Orhei, ongeveer 40 km van de hoofdstad Chisinau. Aan de trainingen deden 25 jonge enthousiaste deelnemers mee.

The newest EU-“associates”: Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine.

Moldova has been increasing its political and economic ties with the European Union since the signature of the Association Agreement on June 27th, alongside Ukraine and Georgia. In comparison to the turmoil created in Ukraine by its rapprochement with the European Union, very little attention has been given to former Soviet nations such as Moldova and Georgia who are involved in a similar move westwards. Nevertheless, European agreements have large implications for these countries.

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