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Republic of Moldova: the steps taken to ‘de-oligarchise’ the country and fight against corruption should help consolidate institutions

Given the polarized context in the Republic of Moldova and the unprecedented political and constitutional crisis of June 2019, the Monitoring Committee today welcomed “the resilience demonstrated by the Moldovan people and the peaceful transition of power”, with the formation of a parliamentary coalition that managed to agree on common objectives, despite diverging political visions.

In adopting the report by Egidijus Vareikis (Lithuania, EPP/CD) and Maryvonne Blondin (France, SOC), the committee called on the new government to ensure that the measures envisaged to “de-oligarchise” the country and fight against corruption will reform the system and eventually consolidate the democratic institutions. “These measures must aim at strengthening the independence of State institutions – in particular those of the judiciary system and the prosecution office – and ensuring that new legislation comply with Council of Europe standards,” the parliamentarians said.

In addition, the committee stressed the need to strengthen the judiciary system, as its weaknesses have allowed money-laundering schemes to develop. It urged the Moldovan authorities to take action to eradicate corruption and implement the 2016 and 2018 recommendations of GRECO.

Finally, the committee encouraged the Moldovan authorities to pursue their co-operation with the Council of Europe – in particular the Venice Commission – more specifically on the reform of the judiciary, the prosecution office and the anti-corruption legislation. It proposed that the Assembly continue to closely follow the developments in the framework of its monitoring procedure.