Committee of Ministers Chairmanship – Moldova : May 2003 - November 2003

Chair of the Committee of Ministers

The Foreign Affairs Ministers of the 45 Council of Europe member states hold the Chair of the Committee of Ministers for a term of 6 months in rotation. At the end of each Session of the Committee of Ministers, the Chairmanship falls to the next member state in the alphabetical order of the English country names. At the conclusion of the Session of the Committee of Ministers on 15 May 2003 in Strasbourg, Moldova assumed the Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s executive body for the next six months.

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Moldova and the Council of Europe

Frozen” conflicts and trafficking in human beings: two priorities for the Chair of the Committee of Ministers

In his address to the Assembly as Chairman-in-Office of the Committee of Ministers, Nicolae DUDAU, Foreign Affairs Minister of Moldova, emphasised two priorities on the Moldovan Chairmanship’s programme viz. alerting European public opinion to the issue of “frozen” conflicts, and drafting a general European convention on trafficking in human beings. (more…)

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Vladimir Voronin says Council of Europe experience will help Moldova to join EU


President Vladimir Voronin told the Parliamentary Assembly that the Council of Europe's active involvement in his country had helped it to settle a number of difficult problems and that the introduction of European standards has had a very positive effect on the country's political process. They had learnt a great deal, he told his audience, and this valuable experience would contribute to another ambitious goal, that of joining the European Union. A third Council of Europe summit was necessary, he added, to enable heads of state and government to review the major challenges facing Europe in the third millennium.

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Priorities of the Moldovan Chairmanship of the Council of Europe

Nicolae Dudau, Foreign Affairs Minister of Moldova, set out the priorities for the Moldovan Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers for the next six months. Reinforcing the unification of Europe in the political and legal domains and emphasising social and cultural diversity will be our two main objectives the Minister said. The Moldovan Chairmanship will end at the conclusion of the next session of the Committee of Ministers, which will take place on 5 and 6 November in Chisinau. (more ...)

Priorities of the Moldovan Chairmanship

Committee of Ministers Session – May 2003

Visit of Walter Schwimmer to Moldova'

Conference on “Frozen Conflicts in Europe” - Chisinau 11 and 12 September 2002

As part of the Moldovan Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, a conference on “Frozen Conflicts in Europe” took place in Chisinau on 11 and 12 September. It aimed to examine various aspects of several such conflicts - including those regarding Cyprus, Nagorno-Karabakh and Abkhazia, but with a special emphasis on the Transnistria region in Moldova itself.

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Nicolae Dudau says a 3rd Summit would formalise the Council of Europe’s pan-European role

Nicolae Dudau, Foreign Affairs Minister of Moldova and Chairman-in-Office of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, reviewing his first weeks in office for the parliamentarians, emphasised the 3rd Council of Europe Summit, which he expected would formalise the Organisation’s genuinely pan-European role. (more…)

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Moldova wants to set an example says President Voronin

Addressing the Parliamentary Assembly Standing Committee in Chisinau on 27 May, Vladimir Voronin, the President of Moldova - which is currently chairing the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers -, gave assurances on the respect of country’s membership obligations and said that the country intends to contribute to the respect of democratic values and Council of Europe norms in all members states, by setting an example of fulfilling its own commitments to the organization. (more…)

Vitaly Slonovski: Congress can count on support of the Committee of Ministers

Speaking on behalf of the Committee of Ministers' Chair before the session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe on 21 May 2003, Vice Foreign Minister of Moldova Vitaly Slonovski stressed that CLRAE constructive reporting on the situation of local democracy in his country made a valuable contribution to solving still existing difficulties. (more...)

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Nicolae Dudău, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Moldova

Alexei Tulbure, Permanent Representative of Moldova

Committee of Ministers website

Moldova government website