Panel Discussion: Moldova’s Democratic Transition: 20 Years of Challenges and Successes | Freedom House

Panel Discussion: Moldova’s Democratic Transition: 20 Years of Challenges and Successes

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 4:00pm

1025 F Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC

The National Endowment for Democracy, Freedom House and the Moldova Foundation

cordially invite you to a panel discussion to celebrate the Republic of Moldova’s 20th anniversary of independence.


Panel Discussion: Moldova's Democratic Transition: 20 Years of Challenges and Successes

On August 27, 1991, the Republic of Moldova proclaimed its independence from the Soviet Union. Since that time, Moldova’s path to building a free and democratic society has been fraught with challenges. The frozen conflict in Transnistria, authoritarian government, economic troubles, and weak civil society are just some of the obstacles the country has struggled to overcome. In the last three years, however, the country has experienced significant and positive changes. A pro-reform government, better prospects for EU integration, and growing US support are encouraging signs that Moldova is on the right path and make the country one of the few success stories in the former Soviet space. Twenty years after the collapse of the USSR, experts will share their thoughts on the state of democracy in Moldova, the country’s transition process, and ways to continue strengthening Moldova’s state institutions and civil society.
As we celebrate Independence Day, join us in commemorating another important holiday for Moldovans – Language Day. On August 31, 1989, Moldova's Supreme Soviet passed a law allowing the use of Latin script for the Romanian language.
Featuring:
Mary Pendleton, U.S. First Ambassador to Moldova (1992-1995)

David Kramer, President of the Freedom House

Vlad Spânu, President of the Moldova Foundation

Moderator – Bobbie Jo Traut, Assistant Program Officer for Europe, NED

The discussed will be followed by a reception with refreshments and Moldovan wine.

Please RSVP to Ben Morano – [email protected] by Monday, August 29th

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