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Moldova’s Democratic Transition: 20 Years of Challenges and Successes (Aug. 31, 2011)

Moldova’s Democratic Transition: 20 Years of Challenges and Successes (Aug. 31, 2011)

October 08
15:04 2014

The National Endowment for Democracy, the Freedom House and the Moldova Foundation

held a panel discussion to celebrate the Republic of Moldova’s 20th anniversary of independence

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

4:00-5:00pm

(followed by a reception with food and Moldovan wine)

1025 F Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC

Panel Discussion:

Moldova’s Democratic Transition: 20 Years of Challenges and Successes

Mary Pendleton, U.S. First Ambassador to Moldova (1992-1995)
David Kramer, President of the Freedom House
Vlad Spânu, President of the Moldova Foundation
Moderator – Bobbie Jo Traut, Assistant Program Officer for Europe, NED

On August 27, 1991, the Republic of Moldova proclaimed its independence from the Soviet Union. Since that time, Moldova’s path to building a free and democratic society has been fraught with challenges. The frozen conflict in Transnistria, authoritarian government, economic troubles, and weak civil society are just some of the obstacles the country has struggled to overcome. In the last three years, however, the country has experienced significant and positive changes. A pro-reform government, better prospects for EU integration, and growing US support are encouraging signs that Moldova is on the right path and make the country one of the few success stories in the former Soviet space. Twenty years after the collapse of the USSR, experts will share their thoughts on the state of democracy in Moldova, the country’s transition process, and ways to continue strengthening Moldova’s state institutions and civil society.

As we celebrate Independence Day, join us in commemorating another important holiday for Moldovans – Language Day. On August 31, 1989, Moldova’s Supreme Soviet passed a law allowing the use of Latin script for the Romanian language.

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