Commissioner: Harassment of Romanian-language schools in Transnistria goes against right to educationThe EU strongly condemns any action by the Transnistrian de facto authorities that infringe on the right to education in the territory they control, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle has said in a speech at the European Parliament. Moldova is facing a very difficult political situation this year, he told MEPs last week, “where deep-rooted domestic instability is compounded by systematic undermining of the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity from outside.”
The Commissioner cited attempts to escalate tensions in Transnistria, adding that the EU deeply deplores them and will continue to help Moldova withstand pressures.
Štefan Füle quoted a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, published in October 2012, as saying that “harassment of the Romanian-language schools in Transnistria was in violation of the right to education of children living in the Transnistrian region and whose Romanian is the mother tongue.”
The EU will continue to support Moldova's sovereignty and territorial integrity, Füle said, putting “all our weight behind efforts to resolve the schools issue by way of negotiation.” He cited the recommendations issued in November 2012 by the OSCE, which coordinates the '5+2' talks.
The Commissioner called for a renewal of dialogue on education issues, “along the lines of the OSCE recommendations, with a view to upholding the right to education of all children,” adding that the school issue would be addressed along these lines during the next round of 5+2 negotiations, scheduled for the end of February.
With a new allocation of €28 million of technical and financial assistance agreed last year, the EU will continue supporting confidence-building projects, “which allow the establishment of lasting cooperation at the civil society and local levels across the Nistru River,” the Commissioner underlined.
He said Transnistria could gain substantial benefits, if it participates in the future Association Agreement with Moldova. “This offer is about social progress,” he stressed, “improvement in human rights and economic modernisation.”
“Our aim is opening up many new opportunities for the people living in Transnistria, who also are among our closest neighbours,” the Commissioner concluded.
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