Free And Fair Moldova: Working for True Democracy
As with a number of eastern European countries that have emerged from communist rule, Moldova has become in name a constitutional and democratic state. Like many post-soviet nations, Moldova is primed for the development of free-market ideas, true democracy, and the rule of law and capitalism. The Moldova Summit aims to spark the changes needed for true democracy and prosperity in Moldova.
Democracy is the best and fairest system of government that man has so far devised, its principles allowing citizens to flourish and fulfil their own potentials. It is one of the most fundamental and important principles of the centre-right and as a result, it is of vital importance that the centre-right movement encourages and supports nations that are still making the shift.
A vital component of democracy is free and fair elections in which citizens can take to the ballot box without overhangs of corruption. Today, corruption can take the form of state-influenced press, coercion and crony capitalism. The Moldova Summit will give an opportunity to reaffirm ideological foundations of democracy, constitutionalism and personal liberty through free elections and the rule of law.
Ideology in Europe has become overshadowed by a colder political pragmatism. While pragmatism is an important value for conservatives, it must not completely overtake the other principles that work to create the centre-right ideology. If it does, we risk the extremes of right and left moving in to fill the void left by a lack of intellect and emotion in politics and for this reason, there is a greater need than ever for the continual re-articulation of the centre-right ideology - an ideology that protects and allows people to thrive.
The Moldova Summit aims to support the country’s goals for political and economic reforms that will empower the country’s relationship with Europe and the West, and to help develop a truer democracy where the rule of law can replace crony capitalism, corruption and poverty, and in their place provide the structures for the stability and prosperity of the Moldovan people.
Moldova is a nation ready for true democracy. Doubtlessly huge strides have been made since independence in 1991, but there is still a distance yet to go. Moldova’s current political system is unique due to the country’s long geopolitical history: after 1991 there was a need for a complete overhaul of the political system in a country that had not governed itself for many years. Moving forward, there is much opportunity for the future as we conservatives can work with parties in Moldova, sharing our values and systems.
The difficult history of Moldova makes it a fitting location for our Moldova Summit. Countries such as Moldova deserve the support of the international community as they continue to grow from the efforts they have already made towards developing a true democracy, and our meeting of the centre-right provides the opportunity to do this. By working alongside Moldovan parties who advocate for closer relationships with the West, the centre-right international community can help to form those ties and assist in a political transformation through advancing democratisation.
With elections coming up soon in Moldova this conference comes at a crucial time for building relationships and conveying our conservative ideology. This next election in Moldova shall be the next step towards more transparency and accountability, and the eradication of corruption.
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Chișinău.
Chairman of the Political Party "Shor" and Mayor of Orhei
Nino Goguadze MP
Member of the Parliament, Georgia
Managing Director of Communication Strategy and Management (CSM)
Sasa Radulovic MP
Leader of Enough is Enough, Serbia
Barbara Kappel MEP
Member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
President of the European Conservatives and Reformist Group in the Committee of Regions
Foreign Affairs Director, Likud Party, Israel
Political Advisor to the Speaker of the Parliament of Kosovo
Secretary General of the ECR Group in the European Committee of the Regions
Deputy Minister, Ministry of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies, Armenia
Branka Stamenković MP
Member of Parliament, Serbia
Political Strategist and Communicator
Vice-President of Shor party, Mayor of the Commune Jora de Mijloc, and former President of the Moldovan Tennis Federation
Rupert Matthews MEP
MEP for the East Midlands, UK
Deputy Mayor of Orhei and Shor Party Representative in Rascani
Deputy Mayor of Orhei & Shor Party Representative in Telenesti Region
General Director of Avia Invest LLC, Chisinau International Airport
Beyond the events of Friday and Saturday, there will also be a dinner in Chișinău on the evening of Thursday 18th, and opportunities to explore the city's tourist attractions on Sunday 21st.
Friday 19th October 2018
Visit to Old Orhei and Tourist Attractions
Departure from Hotels at 09:30
Tour of the Moldovan Parliament
Radisson Blu Hotel
Gala Dinner at Cricova Winery
DEPARTURE from HOTELS at 19:30
Saturday 20th October 2018
Departure to Orhei
Opening Speech by Jan Zahradil MEP, President of the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe
Panel discussion on Free and Fair Elections
Democracy depends on its elections being free, fair, without corruption, coercion or fear of either. Without this fundamental process, corruption and authoritarian regimes thrive and the needs of the people frequently become secondary. This panel will discuss this in relation to Moldova, a country that is still in the process of developing complete transparency in true democracy.
Keynote Speech by Reghina Apostolova, Deputy Mayor of Orhei and Shor Party Representative in Rascani
Panel Discussion on the future of European political and economic integration
Emerging from their Soviet past, countries in Eastern Europe are in unique and exciting positions to expand their economies, solidify their democracies, and strengthen their political relationships around the world. This panel will host politicians in order to discuss their European and global orientation, and how their shared and similar geopolitical histories can be carried forward into the future to support their growth.
Keynote Speech by Valerian Cristea, Deputy Mayor of Orhei & Shor Party Representative in Telenesti Region
Keynote Speech by Ilan Shor, President of the Șor Party, Moldova
Panel discussion on Free Markets as a Means of Poverty Alleviation
As conservatives, we must continue to highlight the importance of the free market in developing an economy. Having emerged from Soviet rule almost thirty years ago, Moldova has great potential for growth. This panel will consider how the free market will help Moldova and explore the role of policy and politicians in support of the market.
Moderator: Neva Sadikoglu Novaky, ECR Secretary General, COR, UK
Keynote Speech by Petru Jardan, General Director of Avia Invest LLC, Chisinau International Airport
Keynote Speech by Marina Tauber, Vice-President of the Șor Party, Moldova
Tour of the Local Area
Departure to Chisinau and free time
Dinner at Capitoles
Departure from Hotels at 20:00