Gunnar Hökmark and Maia Sandu during the seminar.

During the Moderate party’s annual regional congress, Sverigemötet, in Karlstad, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation arranged a seminar on the political developments in Eastern Europe and how authoritarian regimes in our neighbouring countries could be prevailed.

The Moldovan Presidential Candidate Maia Sandu, party leader for the centre-right party Action and Solidarity Party in Moldova, was invited to give her views on the recent developments in the region. During the last year’s presidential elections, Sandu claimed 47.89 % of the popular votes in the second round-off. Sandu was the Minister for Education in Moldova 2012-2015 and worked before then as an advisor to the World Bank.

Gunnar Hökmark, Member of the European Parliament for the Moderate Party, gave his views on how decision makers in Sweden and Europe could support democracy and reforms among EU’s eastern neighbours. Hökmark has lifelong experiences promoting freedom and democracy in the Eastern neighbourhood.

The seminar in its entirety is available on YouTube here.

Young participants from LDP.

Young participants from LDP.

Moldova is going through a difficult time. Corruption scandals have followed each other, forming a government has failed repeatedly since the parlamentary elections in November 2014, and nearly one billion dollar, fifteen percent of Moldova’s GDP, has disappeared from one of the country’s banks, questioning the role of the Moldovan political elite. (more…)

Moldova is the country among the former Soviet republics that has the most positive view of EU. Recently, a number of Moldovan youth, had the chance to take part in an essay competition on European integration, organized by Transparency International. The aim of the competition was to spread knowledge about EU among young people. At the moment, widespread corruption is the biggest threat to successful EU integration for Moldova, according to Pirkka Tapiola, Head of the EU Delegation to Moldova, who visited the contest.

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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. (more…)

JHS Winter School 2014 Balkan

Participants from the Balkans during the JHS Winter School 2014

November 11-18, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation organised two conferences on ideology for political active youth from the Eastern Neighbourhood. The conferences were held in Nynäshamn, south of Stockholm. Topics at the conference treated the principles from our book Principles for a Free Society by Dr Nigel Ashford. (more…)

Unga politiker från Azerbajdzjan, Georgien, Moldavien, Sverige och Vitryssland

Youth Politicians from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Sweden

March 11-18, Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted two conferences for youth politicians from Eastern Europe and Sweden, on the principles for a free society together with Nigel Ashford from Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. Basic concepts for a liberal democracy, as private property, free enterprise and toleration where among the issues discussed.
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Moldova is the country, among the former Soviet Union ones, that has succeeded the most in approaching the European Union. There is a strong support for European integration in the small state, situated between Romania and Ukraine, and independent in 1991. Russia has tried to involve Moldova in the Eurasia trade union but without success. Later in November, there will be election in Moldova and if the Communist Party comes to power, which is not to be excluded, the country might go in another, non-EU friendly direction. Today’s Moldova is governed by a coalition of liberal and social democratic parties. The party that Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation co-operates with, Partidul Liberal Democrat Din Moldova (PLDM) is part of the coalition. (more…)

Moldova after the Vilnius summit

December 4th, 2013   Moldavia | News

The European Stability Initiative (ESI) released, December 3, a report analyzing Moldavia after the Vilnius summit in the end of November, 2013. Moldavia is the the first non-Baltic former Soviet republic to enjoy free-visa travel to the European Union. Although Moldavia is a fully developed democratic state, moreover a rare phenomenon in post-Soviet politics, the process for Moldavia to adopt European values has not been easy; especially in the matter of tolerance and gay rights.

Click here to read the ESI report (PDF)

June 18, the American think-tank Freedom House released this year’s edition of the annual report Nations in Transit.

The desire for democratic change in Eurasia was met with increased repression in most authoritarian regimes during the last year. Increased corruption and censorship of critical media outlets as well as an increased pressure on civil society organisations characterize the developments in a majority of Eurasian countries, according to the report.

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May 3-6, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation arranged this year’s Spring School, a conference on ideology with young politicians from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Belarus and Sweden. The conference was held in Nynashamn, south of Stockholm, and topics such as democracy, market economy and human rights were discussed, as well as more practical issues about further EU enlargement and the situation in the Eastern Partnership countries. (more…)