In an information note declassified by the Monitoring Committee, Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC) and Inese Lībiņa-Egnere (Latvia, EPP/CD), co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of the Republic of Moldova, underlined the determination of the authorities to strengthen the independence of the judicial system, fight corruption and search for new socio-economic opportunities.
They welcomed, in particular, the adoption of constitutional amendments on the judiciary, and the close co-operation with the Council of Europe in this context. They encouraged the Moldovan authorities to take duly into account the recommendations issued by the Venice Commission in December 2021, and called for the revision of the amendments to the Law on the Prosecution Service of August 2021.
Furthermore, the authorities will have to ensure that the reforms respect the rule of law and Council of Europe norms, and that they are based on the involvement of the parliamentary opposition and civil society, the information note stresses.
Finally, the co-rapporteurs congratulated the Moldovan authorities on the ratification of the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, following the Amicus Curiae Brief of the Venice Commission and the decision of the Moldovan Constitutional Court.
The co-rapporteurs will carry out a new fact-finding visit to the country before the summer 2022 with a view to preparing a new monitoring report.