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Political analyses and commentaries published in 2006

Political year 2006
Igor Botan, December 30, 2006
The political year 2006 was difficult for Moldova. It began with the gas crisis and the gas price rose two-fold in the second half of 2006. It was followed by Russia’s embargo on wines, Moldova’s main products for export[]

Governmental policiesGovernment — opposition relations

Implications of Romania’s accession to EU on Moldovan-Romanian bilateral relations
Monica Sitaru, December 30, 2006
As it was already said, the accession to the European Union (EU) is a historical moment for Romania. But the moment of euphoria will pass and it is normal to focus on concrete actions that Romania should take to continue internal reforms and to respect commitments assumed during negotiations with the EU[]

Foreign policy / European integration

Elections in Gagauzia — a new beginning or deja vu?
Igor Botan, December 30, 2006
The Comrat-based Court of Appeal confirmed on December 22 the legality of the two rounds of elections held on December 3 and 17 and the election of the leader of the regional opposition, Mihail Formuzal, as governor of Gagauzia[]

Elections

Elections in Gagauzia
Igor Botan, November 30, 2006
The electoral campaign for election of governor of the Gagauz autonomy has entered the last stage. On December 3, 2006, approximately 85,000 electors who reside the autonomy will cast their ballots for four candidates registered by the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Gagauzia[]

Elections

Thawing postponed
Igor Botan, November 15, 2006
The group of 30 OSCE ambassadors who have recently paid a working visit to Moldova has concluded that the OSCE cannot persuade the conflicting sides, Chisinau and Tiraspol, to resume the five-plus-two negotiations[]

Transnistria

Governmental monitoring of the EU-Moldova Action Plan’s implementation process
Sergiu Buscaneanu, October 15, 2006
The present article aims to highlight some issues regarding the governmental monitoring of the EU-Moldova Action Plan’s implementation process[]

Foreign policy / European integrationGovernmental policies

Appeal of GUAM and eventual implications
Igor Botan, September 30, 2006
The May 22 Kiev GUAM summit decided to sanction this regional organisation and to establish its priorities, including the settlement of the separatist conflicts in member states[]

Foreign policy / European integration

The three deteriorated pillars
Sergiu Grosu, September 15, 2006
Half of the term for the implementation o the European Union — Moldova Action Plan (EUMAP) has passed[]

Foreign policy / European integrationJustice and legal bodies

Referendum on background of explosions
Igor Botan, August 31, 2006
Preparations for the September 17-scheduled referendum on joining of Transnistria to Russia or reintegration into Moldova are being finished in the eastern breakaway enclave of Moldova[]

Transnistria

European integration remains a priority of the Republic of Moldova
Igor Botan, July 31, 2006
The spring-summer session of the Parliament has ended, as usually, with totals made by country’s leadership. In spite of optimistic reports, political developments in Moldova in the first half of 2006 and especially in July have been marked by serious uncertainties[]

Foreign policy / European integration

Electoral race begins in Transnistria
Igor Botan, June 14, 2006
Two social-political movements in Transnistria have recently turned into parties. They are the so-called international corporation “Proriv”, created a year ago with the direct participation and support of a high-ranking Kremlin functionary and transformed into the People’s Democratic Party, and the movement “Obnovlenye”, created before the December 2005 elections in the Supreme Soviet[]

Transnistria

New customs regime and Ukrainian factor: Main piece of resistance or weak link?
Radu Vrabie, May 17, 2006
The new-old customs regime introduced at the Moldovan-Ukrainian border on March 3 is being implemented for the third month, but the attitude of the main participating actors towards this measure has not substantially changed[]

Foreign policy / European integration

Driving away from CIS
Igor Botan, May 15, 2006
The August 2006 CIS summit in Kazani has declared 2006 as “the year of CIS”. The motive is that this structure turns 15 in December 2006[]

Foreign policy / European integration

Public opinion in Moldova concerning Euro-Atlantic integration
Viorel Cibotaru, April 28, 2006
The Republic of Moldova adopted a political decision last year to develop its relations with the North-Atlantic Treaty Organisation at a new quality stage[]

Foreign policy / European integration

Summary of ECHR judgments and decisions on appeals vs Moldova
Vladislav Gribincea, March 23, 2006
The summary of judgments and decisions of the European Court of Human Rights on appeals vs Moldova was worked out by Vladislav GRIBINCEA, jurist in the public organisation Lawyers for Human Rights[]

Justice and legal bodies

The hostages of Transnistrian regime
Igor Botan, March 14, 2006
The Russian authorities must persuade the separatist leaders to release the “Transnistrian hostages” or to do what they have done with the “regimes” that take hostages[]

Transnistria

Improvement of electoral legislation
Cristian Untila, February 28, 2006
The European Union — Moldova Action Plan has recently turned one and the implementation of this very important document was summarised in Chisinau on this occasion[]

ElectionsForeign policy / European integration

New concepts on foreign policy and national security
Igor Botan, February 14, 2006
In compliance with the December 22, 2005 #374-IV and January 16, 2006 #414-IV presidential decrees, national commissions made up by high-ranking state officials are due to draft the national security concept and foreign policy concept of the Republic of Moldova by March 1, 2006[]

Foreign policy / European integration

Quo vadis?..
Igor Botan, January 15, 2006
Although the legislative elections in Transnistria took place more than one month ago, their eventual impact on the process of settlement of the separatist conflict remains unclear[]

ElectionsTransnistria