Given the polarised context in the Republic of Moldova, PACE has welcomed the peaceful transition of power – highlighting that the political forces in the new ruling coalition managed to agree on common objectives, despite diverging visions – and “the resilience and restraint” demonstrated by the Moldovan people.
Approving a resolution based on a monitoring report by Egidijus Vareikis (Lithuania, EPP/CD) and Maryvonne Blondin (France, SOC), the Assembly called on the new government to ensure that the measures envisaged to “de-oligarchise” the country and fight corruption should lead to a reformed system and consolidated democratic institutions.
In addition, the Assembly stressed the need to strengthen the judicial 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 the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body GRECO.
Finally, the Assembly encouraged the Moldovan authorities to pursue their co-operation with the Council of Europe – in particular the Venice Commission – more specifically on reform of the judiciary and the prosecutor’s office, and on anti-corruption legislation. It said it would continue to closely follow developments in the framework of its monitoring procedure.