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Moldova: authorities must carry out credible reforms without delay

The co-rapporteurs for monitoring of the Republic of Moldova, Valentina Leskaj (Albania, SOC), and Ögmundur Jónasson (Iceland, UEL), have called on the Moldovan authorities to adopt and implement the reforms announced concerning “the Prosecutor’s Office, the independence of the judiciary, the plurality and independence of the media, the fight against corruption and the consolidation of the banking system.” According to the co-rapporteurs, the reform of the judiciary is a key element for the democratisation of the country.

The authorities must rapidly adopt further measures to ensure the separation of powers, respect for the rule of law and the protection of fundamental human rights, the co-rapporteurs said in their information note. The system as a whole, including political parties, should be reformed. The co-rapporteurs also urged all stakeholders to establish conditions conducive to free and fair elections, following the decision of the Constitutional Court reinstating the direct election of the President of the Republic.

Ms Leskaj and Mr Jónasson added that they would continue to follow the cases of Vlad Filat, former Prime Minister, who is being held in pre-trial detention, and Grigore Petrenco, former Assembly member, whose detention was changed to house arrest during their visit.

The information note declassified by the Monitoring Committee on 21 April follows a fact-finding visit by the co-rapporteurs to Chisinau on 22 and 23 February.