For the Moldovans, the Europe Day celebrations began on May 18 and will continue until May 26. They did not coincide with the May 9 ceremonies elsewhere in Europe, because on that date, the Moldovan government preferred to commemorate WWII Victory Day in the presence of Russian Deputy Premier, Dmitri Rogozine. In the Jurnal de Chişinău, Petru Bogatu deplores what he terms “an abundant flow of misery in the Grand National Assembly Square.” The noted op-ed writer continues —
There is much to be said for symbolism. It can be inspiring, it can be unifying, it can be a moment of hope or defiance that ignites the courage of others – in short, it can have impact. It can also be completely empty of meaning, condescending, devoid of rationale and ultimately, pointless in the extreme. And so, 18th May brought to an end the 2 month “Rise Ukraine” strategy of the United Opposition – Batkivshchyna, UDAR and Svoboda parties – in Kyiv.
On 19 May, the first Pride March was held in Chisinau, Moldova. This is a historic day for people fighting for LGBT rights as well as a victory for freedom of assembly in Moldova.Civil Rights Defenders participated in the March that was held in Alexei Mateevici street outside the American Embassy with at around 70 participants from many different countries. The Swedish and the American ambassador, the EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy as well as representatives of ILGA Europe and the European parliament held speeches in front of the participants and several local media.
Ukraine is only six months away from the possibility of signing a trade and cooperation pact with the European Union known as the Association Agreement. How much progress has been made in preparations for this important milestone? The EU at a glance The European Union continues making the necessary steps to move [...]
Visa requirements for Moldovans willing to travel to the European Union member states will be eased as of July 1, 2013. The Council of the EU has informed the Moldovan Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday about the enactment of the decision from this date on. A similar amendment on the facilitation of the issuance of visas is applicable for Ukraine, as well.