Europe Day has been marked in the Republic of Moldova for more than a decade, serving as an opportunity to bring European value space closer to the citizens of the country through the numerous events organized in various regions. It is also a good occasion for the authorities to assess where we are on our euro-integration path. We are inviting you to read about the successes and the challenges of the European integration process of the Republic of Moldova in the interviews with HE Tudor Ulianovschi, foreign minister of the Republic of Moldova, and Eugen Caras, Head of Mission of the Republic of Moldova to the European Union. Also, in the context of the electoral year 2018, the Foreign Policy Newsletter produced by the Foreign Policy Association and the Friedrich-Ebert- Stiftung, is presenting you with the opinion of the main political parties on the European integration and Moldova's foreign policy priorities.
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The political spring of this year has seen a momentum in the Transnistrian issue - the visit of Franco Frattini, Special Representative of the Italian OSCE Chairmanship, followed by his controversial statements on the conflict resolution; the decision on the granting of neutral car plates to owners in the Transnistrian region; the adoption of the Action Plan for Reintegration of the country for 2018. Are these developments or involutions? What should be the strategic and tactical approach to Transnistrian conflict settlement? What is the vision of the political parties regarding the future of the Transnistrian region? Find answers to these questions in the last issue of the Foreign Policy Newsletter developed by Foreign Policy Association and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.
On May 30, 2018, the Institute for Development and Social Initiatives (IDIS) "Viitorul" in partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Moldova (FES) organized a public debate on the impact and the negative consequences of the occupational safety and health control reform. A preliminary analysis of statistical data and reports on work-related accidents denotes a worrying situation in this area, characterized by systematic violations of health and safety requirements at work and deviations that generate a lack of security not only for employees but also for employers. Thus, several experts stressed that the reorganization of the control system was a wrong step, and the implementation of the reform is ineffective. This has generated a number of issues such as reducing the capacity of the state's control in occupational safety and health, increasing the number of work-related accidents, including deaths, diminishing employees' social rights, increasing social costs of accidents at work, etc. Also, public data reveal an increase in the number of accidents at work during the implementation of the reform, from October 2017 to present - 11 cases resulting in the death of 14 persons, 2 serious cases, 82 cases of temporary incapacity for work including serious ones, which are not investigated and solved by any authority with occupational safety competences. The event was attended by representatives of the Parliament and Government of Moldova, trade unions, civil society organizations, international organizations and mass media. The public debate was organized within the framework of the project on the monitoring of political, social processes and the formulation of policy briefs, implemented by IDIS Viitorul in partnership with FES.
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