25th anniversary of the Republic of Moldova's membership in the Council of Europe
The Republic of Moldova became the 36th member state of the Council of Europe on 13 July 1995. Thus, the voice of the Republic of Moldova and the aspirations of its citizens became known from the tribune of the most known and important organisation on the European continent. For more information on the key achievements, visit the 25 years in Council of Europe page.
Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe: “25 years ago, the Republic of Moldova became the Council of Europe’s 36 member States. This has proved to be an important and a positive decision. Over the past quarter of a century, the Republic of Moldova has faced many challenges, as countries do when they are in the process of democracy building. These issues have often dominated the headlines, but despite this, we have established clear goals together and worked towards meeting them”.
Oleg Țulea, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration: “The Council of Europe is a reliable partner, which has made a substantial contribution to strengthening the rule of law, democratising and modernising our society. Our country's cooperation with the institutions of the Council of Europe - the Parliamentary Assembly, the Committee of Ministers, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, the European Court of Human Rights and the Venice Commission ensures a platform for dialogue between parliamentarians, local elected officials, government representatives and civil society”.
William Massolin, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Chisinau: „In the course of the past 25 years, the Council of Europe has proved to be a dedicated friend of the Republic of Moldova and its citizens, even in the most difficult times faced by the country and will continue to stand by its citizens to defend the democratic values, human rights and human dignity and to overcome together the challenges of tomorrow”.
Gianni Buquicchio, President of the Venice Commission, congratulated the Republic of Moldova and the Moldovans for the excellent collaboration with the Council of Europe and its institutions during the last 25 years. Since joining the Venice Commission on June 25, 1996, Moldova has sought more than 50 opinions from the Venice Commission, especially in the electoral, judicial and constitutional fields.
Josette Durrieu, Co-rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for Moldova, observed the country's evolution towards democracy for more than 15 years. "Moldova's transition to democracy is of course a long way, too long now, too slow, but I want to express my confidence in Moldova, in the wisdom of its people ", said Josette Durrieu in the video dedicated to the 25th anniversary.
Egidijus Vareikis , PACE Co-Rapporteur on Moldova: “25 years in the Council of Europe – it is really an interesting time for Moldova, I think. Being the reporter of the country for the second time, I really have to say that I am a sincere friend of this country. We wish the country to be an interesting European nation, with full implemented human rights, laws, democracy”.
Corina Călugăru, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Moldova to the Council of Europe: "The accession of Republic of Moldova to the Council had a major impact on the country’s institutional and normative framework, as well as on the personal life of citizens. I am glad that we have generations, including mine, educated in the spirit of the organisation's values. Embracing and endeavouring of these values by the citizens of the Republic of Moldova, is the natural path to assert ourself into the European family".
Lilia Snegureac, Former Director of the Council of Europe Information Office: "Two years after the accession of the Republic of Moldova to the Council of Europe, the Council of Europe Information Office in Moldova was opened. Therefore, the main objective, at that time, was to bring Europe into the homes of citizens, by organising seminars with the law enforcement agencies of the Republic of Moldova, involving non-governmental organisations that were in the emerging stage at the time, by organising activities in collaboration with the media, organising various activities and meetings between civil society representatives and representatives of the Council of Europe ".
Crstina Raducanu, Presindent of Roma Women Network "Moldsolidaritate": "From the very beginning of our accession to the Council of Europe, the needs and issues faced by the Moldovan Roma communities have been monitored by the Council of Europe, especially by the Ad-hoc Committee of Experts on Roma Issues (CAHROM), by the Human Rights Commissioner, by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance and by the APCE co-rapporteurs, which made possible for the voice of the Roma population to be heard at the highest level and to convince Moldovan authorities to implement policies aimed at the social inclusion of Romani population".
Viorel Cibotaru, Director of the European Institute for Political Studies in Moldova: “Council of Europe is a guiding light, a friend, a support for the young politicians of the Republic of Moldova. Those who graduated the European Institute from its very beginnings became prime-ministers, members of the Parliament, deputies including during the recent Legislative. We have trainees that became deputies after graduation of the European Institute, and this is clearly noticeable. This is part of a bigger picture, both concerning the Institute as a program launched by Council of Europe and the Council of Europe to which Moldova is a member”.
Mircea Surdu, journalist, Director of "Telefilm-Chișinău": “I believe that, in the field of mass-media legislation, the Council of Europe played a very important role in the Republic of Moldova. The Council of Europe, from my perspective, will always remain the vigilant eye, supervising that the Republic of Moldova respects the human rights, the freedom of speech and other issues that are statutory for a modern human being. Twenty-five years is a long time, and in the same time it is a short time. Of course, we, as beneficiaries of the Council of Europe's projects, are well aware of the presence of the Council of Europe, but I hope that shortly we will become better students and that we will learn the important standards adopted by Europe”.