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Political analyses and commentaries published in 2002

Overview of year 2002
December 30, 2002
It seems the most important events of the 2002 were: protest rallies at the beginning of the year; OSCE draft on the federalization of the Republic of Moldova; October CIS Summit; Presidential Decree on establishing a National Commission for European Integration; Christian-Democrats initiative to conduct a referendum on joining EU and NATO; and President Voronin’s official visit to Washington[]

Governmental policies

Referendum on joining EU
December 23, 2002
Vladimir Voronin’s visit to Washington and his appeal to heads of EU states to support Republic of Moldova’s efforts to join EU are undoubtedly the most significant events of the 2002 political year[]

Foreign policy / European integrationGovernment — opposition relations

Metamorphoses
December 16, 2002
Republic of Moldova President, Vladimir Voronin is due to make an official visit to US at the invitation of US President George W. Bush on December 16–20[]

Foreign policy / European integrationTransnistria

The Federalization of the Republic of Moldova: Opportunities and Risks
Igor Botan, December 9, 2002
Since federalization has been recently proposed as a solution to the separatist conflict in the Republic of Moldova, debates have spurred on which type of state is more viable in such cases, the unitary or the federal one formed of territorial units that enjoy a certain degree of autonomy?[]

Transnistria

Is there a Social Democratic Prospect for the Republic of Moldova?
Igor Botan, December 2, 2002
On November 30 the Democratic Party organized with the support of the French Foundation Jean Jaures the conference entitled “A Comparative Analysis of Electoral Trends in Europe and in the Republic of Moldova”[]

Political parties

Poverty reduction factors
November 25, 2002
A month ago, Prime-Minister Vasile Tarlev declared that elaboration of the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRSP) should become a priority for all the public officers[]

Governmental policies

Moldovan politics labyrinth
November 18, 2002
A series of significant events happened lately in the Republic of Moldova. Firstly, clear signs came to light that Moldovan top leadership gave up their electoral promises. Secondly, European component of the foreign policy has become at least as important as the CIS one[]

Governmental policies

Worsening relations between Chisinau and Tiraspol
November 11, 2002
In early November OSCE and guarantor countries’ experts have declared that negotiations between Chisinau and Tiraspol reached a deadlock[]

Transnistria

Theoretical benchmarks of the Moldovan communists
October 28, 2002
At the V Plenary of the Communist Party of the Republic of Moldova hosted in May, an idea was voiced to amend the governing program approved exactly a year ago, within several months of the Communist’ victory in early parliamentary elections of February 2001[]

Political parties

Amending the Law on Political Parties
October 21, 2002
One of the most controversial issues related to political parties has been the minimal number of members required for the party registration[]

Political parties

Perspectives of CIS development
Igor Botan, October 14, 2002
The great majority of domestic observers view as very modest not to say null the impact of the Community of Independent States (CIS) Summit hosted in Chisinau on October 6–7[]

Foreign policy / European integration

Bashkan elections in Gagauz Yeri
October 2, 2002
Bashkan elections are scheduled in Gagauz-Yeri for October 6. The electoral campaign is characterized by mutual suspicions of falsification[]

Elections

The Priorities of the Moldovan Political Forces
September 16, 2002
This week deputies resume their work in Parliament Commissions. The leaders of Parliament factions have already voiced their priorities for the upcoming session[]

Political partiesGovernmental policies

The impact of the Permanent Roundtable
September 9, 2002
Despite the too many skeptical opinions about the viability of the Permanent Round Table (PRT) it seems that its last session with the participation of the political parties of the Republic of Moldova had a wide-scale impact[]

Political partiesGovernment — opposition relations

Fall political seazon
September 2, 2002
On September 1 the fall political season began. Given upcoming local elections to be held next May, the major concern of political parties right now is getting ready for elections[]

Political partiesGovernmental policies

Public Control
July 29, 2002
Lately, public bodies, especially Presidency have launched a series of initiatives, draft laws aimed to draw the public attention. One of those initiatives is the draft law on public control over the state[]

Governmental policiesCivil society / NGO

Federalization of the Republic of Moldova
July 17, 2002
Two weeks after the proposal on the federalization of the Republic of Moldova had been presented at the reunion of Russia, Ukraine, OSCE, Republic of Moldova and Transdnistria in Kiev; President Voronin praised it and saluted OSCE’s initiative to federalize the country[]

Transnistria

Cooperation between NGOs and political parties
July 8, 2002
On June 22 the Agency for Legal Initiatives hosted an international seminar entitled “Making Civil Society Concerns Heard: Prospects and Problems of NGOs’ Cooperation with Political Parties” in Kiev[]

Political partiesCivil society / NGO

Is it possible to revise the Constitution?
July 1, 2002
Last week the governmental media launched the idea that the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova needs to be revised. This is the second time since the Communist came to power, that a governmental daily launches the idea or revising the Constitution[]

Governmental policiesTransnistria

Modernization of the Governing Party
June 20, 2002
All the major events in the socio-political life of the Republic of Moldova are directly related to the policy pursued by the Communist Party (CP), which holds the constitutional majority in the Parliament[]

Political parties

Getting ready for May 2003 local elections
June 14, 2002
A whole set of events this month point to the fact that the major political parties of country are getting ready for local elections due in May 2003. Rather, they resumed pre-electoral activities, interrupted by the ruling of the Constitutional Court outlawing early local elections set for April 7, 2002[]

ElectionsPolitical parties

A new political situation
June 3, 2002
More than a year passed since President Vladimir Voronin issued the decree in May 15, 2001 on the resolution of the Transdnistrian conflict highlighting it as being top priority of the Moldovan authorities[]

Transnistria

Referendum on the modification of the electoral system
April 29, 2002
Political confrontation of the last three months between the Communist governing and Christian-Democrat opposition reached the stage when the Resolutions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe could be enforced[]

Political partiesGovernment — opposition relations

The relationships between authorities and opposition after three months of protests
April 22, 2002
The events produced last week mark a new stage in the relationships between the power and opposition. After more than three months of opposition protest rallies on the one hand, and threats to the protesters on the other, the leaders of the majority and those of the protesting opposition, Iurie Rosca and constructive-conciliation opposition Dumitru Braghisr, decided to initiate a dialogue[]

Government — opposition relations

Is a social pact possible in the Republic of Moldova?
March 27, 2002
In an interview offered to the Nezavisimaia Moldova governmental newspaper on March 15, President Vladimir Voronin pointed that the Republic of Moldova “lacks efficient democratic mechanisms, allowing a permanent dialog with the society”[]

Governmental policiesGovernment — opposition relationsCivil society / NGO

Could a referendum settle a political crisis?
March 5, 2002
Political crisis in the Republic of Moldova has attained a new dimension this week. After protesters’ march to the Teleradio Moldova State Company, about 400 company employees declared a Japanese strike in protest to the censure established by the authorities at the National Radio and TV Stations[]

Government — opposition relations

The political crisis in Moldova
February 26, 2002
On February 24, 2002 the deputies of the Christian-Democratic Peoples’ Party met in Chisinau with their voters. The rally was organized to review the results of the Communist’s one year governing. At the rally the leaders of the protestors read a list of authorities’ mistakes and failures, asked for their resignation and early parliamentary elections[]

Government — opposition relations

Early general local elections were declared unconstitutional
February 20, 2002
During its February 19 session the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Moldova ruled that Parliament decision on conducting early general local elections on April 7 is unconstitutional[]

Elections

2002 Local Elections
February 12, 2002
On February 5, 2002 the Parliament set the date for early general elections — April 7, 2002. During its first session held on February 7, the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) adopted a resolution on establishing 37 electoral districts[]

Elections