Conferences with PLDM in Moldova

February 20th, 2015   Eastern Europe | Education | Moldavia | News | What we do

On February 13-15, 2015, Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation arranged two conferences with the Moldovan government party, Partidul Liberal Democrat Din Moldova (PLDM) in the capital of Moldova, Chisinau. Target groups were women and youth from the party, and the theme of the conferences was campaign and communication.

If things go as planned, there will be local elections in Moldova in June, but at the moment a political crisis has struck the country. Neither a Prime Minister, nor a government has been appointed. In November 2014, there was parliamentary election in the country and the time to form a government is running out. In the beginning of March there has to be a new Prime Minister who could select a government, otherwise there will be re-election.

Participants of the women's conference.

Participants of the women’s conference.

The majority of the votes in the 2014 election went to the pro-European parties, PLDM, and the Democratic Party (PDM), who were in the previous coalition, but together they do not have enough seats in Parliament to form a majority government. In order to get their political reforms through, they depend on the Communist Party. Pro-Russian Socialist Party, which unlike the Communist Party, does not want to move closer to the EU, will then be the largest opposition party.

The Women’s conference was opened by the President of PLDM, Vlad Filat, who gave an analysis of the political situation in the country. It was followed by lectures and workshops on campaign strategy, message design, social media, local campaigning and media relations.

Youth politicians from PLDM.

Youth politicians from PLDM.

From Sweden, Cecilia Brinck, the Oppositional Vice Mayor of the City of Stockholm, Kristina Lutz, advisor on foreign affairs, Magnus Nilsson, communication consultant to the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, and Sebastian Tham, former Press Secretary to the previous Swedish Minister for Foreign Aid, Hillevi Engström, contributed with their expertise in the field.

The participants, who came from all over Moldova, also had the opportunity to network and exchange of experience.

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