Victoria Bucătaru: Fenomenul Brexit, un atu în promovarea mesajelor propagandistice anti-europene. Mediacritica. 14.07.2016
Unul dintre subiectele ce au ținut cu sufletul la gură opinia publică internațională în această vară a fost alegerea pe care urma să o facă Regatul Unit al Marii Britanii și Irlandei de Nord în privința statutului de membru al Uniunii Europene. Unul dintre cele mai influente state membre ale UE, care în 1973 a aderat prin intermediul consimțământului popular, 43 de ani mai târziu, la fel prin referendum, decide să părăsească Uniunea suportând toate consecințele.
Interviu cu Andrei Brighidin: „Autorităţile sunt obligate să reacţioneze la fiecare caz de discriminare din comunitate”. Ziarul regional Est- Curier. 01.07.2016
Andrei Brighidin, membru al Consiliului pentru Prevenirea şi Eliminarea Discriminării şi Asigurarea Egalităţii din Moldova, a vorbit despre cum perceperea fenomenului discriminării la nivel local, într-un interviu acordat Asociaţiei pentru Politică Externă (APE). Pe parcursul a opt luni, Consiliul şi APE au organizat mai multe training-uri în domeniul prevenirii și eliminării discriminării, la care au participat reprezentanţi ai autorităţilor publice locale (APL) din întreaga ţară, dar şi reprezentanţi ai organizaţiilor neguvernamentale şi mass-media.
Vizită de studiu a Jurnaliștilor din teritoriu la Consiliul pentru Prevenirea și Eliminarea Discriminării și Asigurarea Egalității. Pe data de 8 iulie curent, Asociația pentru Politica Externă a organizat o vizită de studiu pentru jurnaliștii din centrele raionale la Consiliul pentru Prevenirea și Eliminarea Discriminării și Asigurarea Egalității. Această vizită de studiu a avut loc în cadrul proiectului "Cursuri de Instruire în domeniul prevenirii și eliminării discriminării pentru autoritățile locale și jurnaliștii din centrele raionale", finanțat de National Endowment for Democracy.
Full entry into force of the Association Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova. European Commision.01.07.2016
Today, the Association Agreement (AA) between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova fully enters into force.
Today, the Association Agreement (AA) between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova fully enters into force. The Association Agreement aims to deepen political and economic relations between the EU and the Republic of Moldova. It also creates a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA). The Agreement offers Moldova a framework for boosting trade and economic growth through improved access to the EU market for its products and services and by comprehensively approximating its trade-related laws and regulations to Union standards. If implemented fully, it will facilitate Moldova's progressive integration with the EU single market.
The High Representative/Vice-President, Federica Mogherini said: "I look forward to closer ties between the EU and the Republic of Moldova as a result of this Agreement entering fully into force. Together with the implementation of reforms in the country, the agreement has the potential to help changing the lives of Moldovans for the better, to bring jobs, growth and stability.
EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn said: During the provisional application of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement we were pleased to already see some concrete results. Moldova's exports to the EU have increased, and the EU has confirmed its position as a first trade partner of Moldova. Now, fundamental changes in political and economic governance need to take place, so Moldovans can see real change. We are looking forward to real reforms on the rule of law, justice, the independence of institutions from political pressure and on economic development. The EU is making available substantial assistance to support the implementation of the country's reform agenda.
Under the Association Agreement, Moldova has committed to ambitious structural reforms in key areas, such as democracy, good governance, rule of law, human rights, foreign and security policy, trade and economic development. Increased cooperation on energy, transport, environmental protection, industrial cooperation, social development and protection, equal opportunities, consumer protection education, and youth and cultural cooperation is also foreseen.
Since 1 September 2014, substantial parts of the agreement have been provisionally applied. This period has seen an increase in Moldovan exports to the European Union. A number of Moldovan products have thrived on the EU market: Sales of preserved vegetables to the EU have increased by 455% since 2014; exports of Moldovan preserved fruits and nuts have grown by 228% while chestnut sales have gone up by 290% in the same period. We have also seen progress on reforms, with a large number of laws adopted.
But the Association Agreement can do more for Moldova, and crucially, for Moldovan citizens. For the benefits highlighted by the High Representative and the Commissioner to be fully evident, it is not enough to just adopt additional laws. These also need to be consistently implemented and enforced. More needs to be done in order to effectively address corruption and improve governance. An outline of short- and medium-term reform priorities for the period 2017-2020 (an updated version of the so-called Association Agenda for 2014 to 2016) is currently under preparation.
Source: European Commison: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-2368_en.htm
Deadline: July 24, 2016
Open to: participants between the ages of 23 and 35 years old, from the Republic of Moldova
Foreign Policy Association (APE) welcomes applications from the young professionals in the framework of the Think Tank Young Professional Development Program of the Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE), Hungary.
The Think Tank Young Professional Development Program (Think Tank Fund for Wider Europe/TTF for Wider Europe) intends to attract recent graduates of MA and PhD programs in the social sciences and humanities to selected think tanks in the Western Balkans and post-Soviet space, giving them an opportunity to gain first-hand policy research and advocacy experience at a renowned think tank in the region. The program is designed to benefit both young returning professionals and their host organizations. It enables participating think tanks to recruit young researchers originally from the region who recently graduated from universities in the OECD countries. Depending on a research topic, individual programs at hosting organizations will last up to 6 months and may start from November 2016.
Press Release: Communicating the European vector in a period of political/financial crises and geopolitical interest in Moldova
On June 28, 2016, the Foreign Policy Association organized an expert workshop in a Chatham house rules format in order to discuss the countries communication system applied during the implementation of the Association Agenda between the EU and Moldova.
At the event, representatives of the Government, non-governmental organizations and media as well as development partners were invited.
During the event, the participants acknowledged the need to elaborate a clear, long term strategy of communication regarding the EU association process which will include through strategic lines connected with the countries national interests.
The existence of a clear cutting document not only will favour the work of the governmental institutions and make the communication between central government and local easier but will also give development partners possibility to identify the countries needs and support Moldova to fulfil its engagements taken on the path to modernizing the country.
The participants also touched upon the issue of cooperation between the Government and the civil society pointing out the inefficiency of the current mechanisms due to several reasons among which: political influences, institutional deficiencies, lack of interest to technical topics, etc.
As a result of the workshop, the decision to set up a “group for dialogue” in the framework of the project was taken having as main aim maintaining further dialogue and cooperation on topics related to EU association communication.
The project “V4 Supporting Communication Strategy of Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine on implementing AA and DCFTA” is led by the Foreign Policy Association of Moldova and supported by the International Visegrad Fund. The opinions expressed during the events/publications are those of the participants/authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the International Visegrad Fund. More information about the project can be found on the project website: www.communicating-europe.ape.md
The present project is be implemented by the Foreign Policy Association in partnership with the Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies (http://www.forum-ekonomiczne.pl/?lang=en/), Center for EU Enlargement Studies (http://www.ceu.edu/), Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (http://www.sfpa.sk/), Association for International Affairs (http://www.amo.cz/), The Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies (http://giss.org.ge/eng), Civic Organization Institute of World Policy (http://iwp.org.ua/eng/)
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