Interview for the EU-STRAT newsletter: “Because of our own government failing to deliver, Moldova does not deserve an EU membership perspective”.

Original interview published in the fifth EU-STRAT newsletter (click here). Dumitru Alaiba is Program Director at CPR Moldova, an NGO launched in Chişinău, and former Head of the Moldovan Prime Minister‘s Economic Council Secretariat (2013-16) – an initiative supported by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The interview was conducted by Kamil Całus (OSW). … Continue reading Interview for the EU-STRAT newsletter: “Because of our own government failing to deliver, Moldova does not deserve an EU membership perspective”.

Democracy Is Under Major Attack in Moldova. Is Anyone Paying Attention? Article for the Atlantic Council.

  Original article for the Atlantic Council here. Last week a court in Moldova’s capital of Chișinău annulled the popular vote in local elections, which were won by pro-European opposition leader Andrei Năstase. The formal grounds for canceling the results are absurd; on election day the candidate urged people to vote on social media. This… Continue reading Democracy Is Under Major Attack in Moldova. Is Anyone Paying Attention? Article for the Atlantic Council.

Could An Oligarch Build a Democracy in Moldova? – GMF Blogpost

Original blogpost for the German Marshall Fund of the United States here.   Oligarchs rule Eastern Europe. Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine are governed by pro-European governments, but have one oligarch (or more, in the case of Ukraine) calling the shots from behind the scenes. In my country, Moldova, we see how pro-European rhetoric is offered… Continue reading Could An Oligarch Build a Democracy in Moldova? – GMF Blogpost

”Too Big to Jail”? Four years of inaction in the investigation of Moldovan financial crimes (policy paper)

We are counting the fourth year since we learned about the financial crimes that threw Moldova in a deep social-economic and political crisis (the effects of which are vehemently denied by Moldova’s present authorities). Building on previous work (another paper here, a monitoring platform here, and the whole issue described here, with more work), I am publishing… Continue reading ”Too Big to Jail”? Four years of inaction in the investigation of Moldovan financial crimes (policy paper)

Reform without accountability is unsustainable

Even a filthy corrupt and authoritarian government might want to try a ”good” reform, in an attempt to boost popularity. Even that one “good” reform will most probably fail. And that is because it will lack a central ingredient, and that ingredient is accountability. Accountability has to be built into the reform, from the very… Continue reading Reform without accountability is unsustainable

We decided to “bribe” a troll to get inside information 

….and are crowdfunding here. The public has the right to know how online political trolls, financed from high-level corruption, are operating to spread lies and hate, to divide the people and stir discord, to promote a false agenda based on non-issues – all to protect their employers’ image. It is a visibly coordinated, disciplined, well-financed… Continue reading We decided to “bribe” a troll to get inside information 

In Kyiv and Chisinau, Citizens Thirsty for Reform But the Governments Aren’t – Atlantic Council

      On December 1, the European Union withheld payment of €600 million to Ukraine for falling short on four reforms. The deal is conditional, and this final tranche is on hold until Ukraine follows through on its commitments. Meanwhile, one week before, at the Eastern Partnership Summit, the EU agreed to provide Moldova with… Continue reading In Kyiv and Chisinau, Citizens Thirsty for Reform But the Governments Aren’t – Atlantic Council

COMMENT: Is Moldova’s new election system a threat to democracy?

Original article for BNE Intellinews here   By Dumitru Alaiba of the Policy and Reform Center and Natalia Otel Belan of the Center for International Private Enterprise June 26, 2017 More than 25 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, Moldova is a story of democratic transition success that never was. The same goes for… Continue reading COMMENT: Is Moldova’s new election system a threat to democracy?

What can the EU do to restore Moldovan banking sector?

In December 2016, I finished a policy brief on the financial crimes that made Moldova famous worldwide – the theft of one billion USD from the National Bank reserves, and the laundering of over 20 billion USD by using Moldova’s and EU’s financial systems. I am publishing it below. Abstract – onepager (click to download)  Policy Brief –… Continue reading What can the EU do to restore Moldovan banking sector?

Moldova state of affairs at the end of 2016, declaration signed by civil society activists

      Federica MOGHERINI, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia COPY: Donald TUSK, President of the European Council Jean-Claude JUNCKER, President of the European Commission Martin… Continue reading Moldova state of affairs at the end of 2016, declaration signed by civil society activists