26 May, 2015 – 10:00 to 28 May, 2015 – 18:00

On 26-28 May the Slovak Atlantic Commission is organizing yet another, already second, tour of European Café debates in Moldova on the topic „Minority Rights in the EU: the Central European Experience” with an ambition to foster community-level dialogue on the EU integration in the Moldova´s regions, share the V4 countries´ own integration stories, and raise understanding of the integration-related changes among the local leaders and public.

A significant part of the Moldovan society – particularly the non- Romanian speaking population, or the people living in specific regions such as Gagauzia – is concerned about the consequences of Moldova´s deepening integration with the EU. They wonder what will happen with the language, national, ethnic or religious minorities, or even what will happen with the autonomous regions of their country. Some are worried that the EU integration process means getting rid of their own values and culture, and having to take up those values they consider “European” – i.e. different from their own.

Objective of this series of three debates is therefore to mitigate these fears and worries, and provide the necessary information, sober arguments as well as personal stories from Central European as well as Moldovan practitioners, who have direct and interesting experiences with the topic – each one from a different perspective, to the activity´s target group. This will include particularly local community leaders and the wider public.

The debates will be held in Russian (with some Romanian spoken too) in the following locations and the following team of speakers:

1.) 26 May 2015 – Comrat (Gagauzia) at 10:00

• Grigorij Mesežnikov, President of Institute for Public Affairs (Slovakia)

• Maria Shupak, Journalist, Newsmaker.md (Moldova)

• Tomasz Wicherkiewicz, Expert in Minority Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland)

• Mátyás Szilagyi, Ambassador of Hungary to the Republic of Moldova (Hungary)

2.) 27 May 2015 – Cunicea (Floresti Rn.) at 17:00

• Grigorij Mesežnikov, President of Institute for Public Affairs (Slovakia)

• Maria Shupak, Journalist, Newsmaker.md (Moldova)

• Tomasz Wicherkiewicz, Expert in Minority Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland)

For those of you interested in watching the discussion, the on-line streaming will be available on Wednesday (27 May) at 17:00 (Moldovan time) here:

3.) 28 May 2015 – Dolinnoe (Criuleni Rn.) at 16:00

• Grigorij Mesežnikov, President of Institute for Public Affairs (Slovakia)

• Maria Shupak, Journalist, Newsmaker.md (Moldova)

• Tomasz Wicherkiewicz, Expert in Minority Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland)

 

The activity is taking place within the „European Cafés in Moldova“ project financially supported by the International Visegrad Fund.

 

Media coverage:

https://www.privesc.eu/Arhiva/61945/Dezbaterea-publica-organizata-de-Comisia-Slovaca-Atlantica-cu-tema–Drepturile-minoritatilor-in-Uniunea-Europeana-

http://www.publika.md/emisiuni/den-za-dnyom_381.html?video_id=3686721

http://www.europalibera.org/content/article/27039492.html

http://newsmaker.md/rus/spetsproekty/european-cafe-priehalo-v-komrat

http://newsmaker.md/rus/spetsproekty/european-cafe-priehalo-v-selo-kunicha

http://newsmaker.md/rus/spetsproekty/european-cafe-pobyvalo-v-dolinnom

http://newsmaker.md/rus/novosti/eksperty-es-po-pravam-natsmenshinstv-nm-v-moldove-otsutstvuet-yazykovaya-politika-13555