Parliamentary Assembly session : 23 – 27 September 2002
Van Staa : Situation in Moldova arouses concern
[26 SEP 2002] For Herwig van Staa, President of the Congress, the legislative reforms of late 2001 in Moldova constituted a violation of the Charter of Local Self-Government. The vertical power structures between the central and the local tiers have been rebuilt, with insufficient consultation of the local and regional authorities. Mr van Staa also expressed concern about the election on 6 October 2002 of the Governor of Gagauzia, founded as an autonomous region in 1994. There were doubts as to whether the elections will be conducted with democratic propriety. In his statement to the Assembly plenary session, Herwig van Staa ''inaugurated a new tradition'' in his own words, as the President of the Congress will henceforth be invited to Parliamentary sessions.