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The First 100 Days of the New Moldovan Government (April 13, 2011)

The First 100 Days of the New Moldovan Government (April 13, 2011)

April 13
15:35 2011

The National Endowment for Democracy, the Open Society Foundations and the Moldova Foundation (April 13, 2011)

cordially invite you to a panel discussion on the current situation in the Republic of Moldova 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 
12:00-2:30pm EST (lunch will be served from 12 – 12:30) 
1025 F Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 

For physical participation, please RSVP to Ben Morano – benjaminm@ned.org by Monday, April 11th. 

LIVE BROADCAST 

Introductory remarks by:

Rodger Potocki, Senior Director, NED
Ambassador Igor Munteanu, Moldovan Embassy in USA
Lawrence Silverman, Director, Office of Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus Affairs, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Panel 1: The First 100 Days of the New Moldovan Government
Moderator – Amb. John Todd Stewart 
Arcadie Barbarosie, Executive Director, Institute of Public Policy (Moldova) 
Viorel Girbu, Adviser to President, Academy of Sciences of Moldova 

Panel 2: Human Rights Violations in Transnistria
Moderator – Rodger Potocki, Senior Director for Europe, NED 
Ion Manole, Executive Director, Promo-Lex Association (Moldova) 
Natalia Mozer, Founder, Civic Movement “Mothers for Human Rights” (Moldova) 

The November 2010 victory of a pro-democratic, pro-European coalition gave new impetus to the breakthrough the country made in 2009, when Europe’s last governing Communist Party was defeated at the polls. The repeat parliamentary elections in July 2009 were one of the few success stories in the post-communist region that year. However, the improved political situation in Moldova stands in contrast to the deteriorating human rights situation in the country’s breakaway region of Transnistria. In response to a new EU initiative to resolve this “frozen conflict,” the authoritarian government in Tiraspol has cracked down on civil society. Read a related topic: It’s Time to Rethink the Transnistrian Conflict and Take Action

During his March 11th visit to Moldova, Vice President Joe Biden emphasized the United States’ support for democratic reforms, strengthening Moldova’s institutions and civil society, and combating corruption. Biden, in his speech to a large crowd in Chisinau, also underlined US support for a speedy resolution to the Transnistrian conflict and its reintegration into the Republic of Moldova. 

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