Chisinau, 13 November 2019
The European Union and the Republic of Moldova held the tenth round of their Human Rights Dialogue in Chisinau on 13 November 2019. The European Union and the Republic of Moldova expressed their mutual commitment to the full respect for democratic principles, the rule of law, good governance, human rights and fundamental freedoms.
In line with its policy of consulting civil society ahead of meetings on human rights, the European Union met representatives of Moldovan and international Civil Society Organisations prior to the Dialogue. Civil Society representatives were also invited to the Dialogue and attended as observers.
The Dialogue was held in an open and constructive atmosphere, allowing a thorough exchange of views on the current human rights situation and on progress since the last dialogue in June 2018. The discussions covered a wide range of issues, the main developments on the human rights policy in the EU with references to international best practice and standards, Moldovan elections, human rights in the justice system including pre-trial detention, detention conditions, fighting against torture and ill-treatment, media freedom, children's rights, anti-discrimination and cooperation on international fora. The actions needed in order to address the main pending challenges were discussed in depth.
Moldova’s return to the proportional electoral system, as recommended by the Venice Commission and OSCE/ODIHR, as well as its focus on depoliticising and strengthening the independence of state institutions, has had a direct, positive impact on the protection of human rights and fundamental freedom. The EU expressed support to the Moldovan Human Rights Action Plan for 2018 - 2022 and its thorough implementation. The Republic of Moldova updated on the latest developments on the rights of the child, the protection of vulnerable groups, including anti-discrimination and the rights of persons belonging to national minorities, as well as on the fight against gender-based violence and freedom of religion and belief. During the meeting, the EU and the Republic of Moldova referred to the human rights-related actions that are part of their bilateral Association Agenda, thus providing concrete guidance for work in this area. Good cooperation and alignment between the EU and the Republic of Moldova in international fora was also discussed.
The Dialogue was chaired by Mr Dirk Lorenz, Deputy Head of Division in the European External Action Service for bilateral relations with the Eastern Partnership countries. The Moldovan delegation was led by Ms Veronica Mihailov-Moraru, State Secretary of the Minister of Justice.
The next Human Rights Dialogue between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova is scheduled to take place in Brussels in 2020.