CSO representatives elaborate policy recommendations for a more inclusive society in Moldova
On May 24–25 2019 the Institut für Europäische Politik, in partnership with the Institute for European Policies and Reforms (IPRE) and the Institute for Strategic Initiatives (IPIS) organized the second Regional Dialogue in the framework of the project “Promoting civil society and interethnic dialogue in the Republic of Moldova in the context of the EU association process (CIVID)”.
The two-day workshop was attended by around 30 participants from different ethnic communities and regions in the Republic of Moldova, including experts from civil society, academia and business environment, youth as well as representatives of central and local public authorities. The purpose of the event was to foster the discussion on how to strengthen social cohesion in Moldova and to jointly elaborate practical solutions for a more inclusive society in the fields of education, media, socio-economic participation and the EU-Moldova Association Agreement.
The first day offered stakeholders and decision-makers from the Ministry of Education, the Agency for Interethnic Relations and the OSCE the opportunity to outline the efforts already undertaken by government authorities and international partners in strengthening interethnic relations in Moldova, such as the special Government Strategy and a respective Action Plan, but also to critically evaluate the still remaining challenges and obstacles.
In the second part of the first day, the project experts explained the current state of affairs and addressed major problems and issues in the four thematic areas education, social and economic participation, media and the EU-Moldova Association Agreement, in order to provide the participants with the necessary background knowledge for the elaboration of specific recommendations.
On the second day of the event, the participants were divided into four groups according to the thematic areas. A facilitator was assigned to each group to lead the discussion on and the elaboration of recommendations: the topic “education” was moderated by Iulia Belanciuc, Principal Consultant at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research, the group on “economic development and social rights” was moderated by Vadim Pistrinciuc, project expert at IPIS, Maria Levcenco, journalist and expert at IPIS led the working group on “media”, while Vitalie Ponomariov, historian at the university of Cahul moderated the discussion on “the Association Agreement with the European Union”.
The key recommendations elaborated by the different working groups included:
- introduction of a school subject on history of all ethnicities that reside on the territory of the Republic of Moldova
- introduction of a multilingual education system;
- creation of a fund for the promotion of the state language
- initiation of a laboratory for textbook testing for learning Romanian language in schools which do not have Romanian as language of education
- increase the responsibilities and professional conduct of civil servants
- introduction of human rights trainings for civil servants
- development of information and awareness campaigns
- establishment of a reporting mechanism on unequal treatment
- create a monitoring body to prevent hate speech, with a special focus on social media
- develop mechanisms to help users identify fake news
- develop a guide for mass-media on how to report on ethnic issues without a bias
EU Association Agreement:
- increase the awareness among citizens about the benefits of working with the EU
- creation of information centres in all rayons of the country
- facilitation of links between different ethnicities on the “People to People” model
The event was organized in the framework of the project “Promoting civil society and interethnic dialogue in the Republic of Moldova in the context of the EU association process (CIVID)”, with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office.
The project is implemented over the course of 12 months and aims at fostering the interethnic dialogue and improving social cohesion in Moldova by encouraging public discourse and developing policy proposals for integration of ethnic groups in a bottom-up approach. Furthermore, the project seeks to support the implementation of the government Strategy for consolidating interethnic relations in the Republic of Moldova.