Amendments on Transnistria and Gagauzia, submitted by Russia and Turkey, rejected by PACE

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe rejected an amendment submitted by Russia regarding the situation of Russian troops in Transdniestria and another amendment submitted by Turkey that envisaged a wider autonomy for Gagauzia, IPN reports.

Radio Free Europe writes in its online issue that in the Resolution adopted by the PACE in Strasbourg European parliamentarians welcome the steps taken by the new government in Chisinau to identify those who are responsible for using public institutions for the benefit of private, party or business interests, in particular setting up several committees of inquiry by the Parliament.

Also, the quoted source writes that the Parliamentary Assembly has found that Chisinau authorities are determined to reform the public and political system. "Although there is a pressing need to speedily remove the state officials who reportedly were receptive to external influence and pressure, the Assembly points out that the legal steps taken to" de-oligarchize " the country will have long-term effects and should therefore contribute to the consolidation of state institutions”, is stated in the Resolution.

The PACE also notes that the measures taken after June 2019 have restored the confidence of international donors. PACE appreciates the reform of the justice system, which "will substantially change the election of the Prosecutor General, the composition of the Supreme Court of Justice, the Superior Council of Magistrates and the Superior Council of Prosecutors". Moreover, the reform will bring changes to the vetting of judges and prosecutors.

However, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is concerned that the recent appointment of judges to the Constitutional Court has not been fully transparent and that the recent changes proposed by the Government of Moldova do not fully comply with the recommendations of the Council of Europe. Therefore, the Assembly expects the Moldovan authorities to seek the expertise of the Council of Europe, in particular that of the Venice Commission, to ensure that the proposed changes are sustainable and meet the standards of the Council of Europe.


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