The Council of Europe Action Plan for the Republic of Moldova 2017-2020, adopted by the Committee of Ministers in February 2017, was officially launched in Chisinau on 30 May 2017 by Thorbjørn Jagland, Council of Europe Secretary General, and Andrei Galbur, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration. The Action Plan has been developed as a strategic co-operation framework to support key national reforms and ultimately bring the country's legislative and regulatory frameworks, institutions and practice further in line with European standards. The Action Plan is well-aligned with national strategies and policy documents such as the National Development Strategy “Moldova 2020”, the National Public Administration Reform Strategy 2016-2020, the National Decentralisation Strategy and other sectorial strategies.
This new Action Plan will address issues such as fighting corruption, money laundering and cybercrime; enhancing media pluralism and promoting public media; increasing the transparency and effectiveness of the public administration and ensuring social rights.
The Action Plan will continue to tackle issues that were addressed in the first Action Plan (2013-2016), such as fighting human trafficking and discrimination, the reform of the electoral system, the judicial system and the prosecution service, and building confidence among communities on both banks of the river Nistru/Dniestr.
Council of Europe country-specific programmes in the Republic of Moldova are implemented alongside a number of regional joint programmes with the European Union in the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe Partnership for Good Governance (PGG). PGG actions are geared towards enhancing judicial reform, supporting free and fair elections, combatting corruption as well as cybercrime.
The Action Plan consists of a total of 17 country-specific and regional/multilateral areas of intervention with an overall financial volume of almost 18 million Euros.
Watch the interview with Verena Taylor, Director of the Office of the Directorate General of Programmes discussing the Council of Europe Action Plan for the Republic of Moldova.