“These kinds of meetings and debates are very important”: Dr. Petar Teofilović and Dr. Reetta Toivanen interviewed after the EPP seminars held Moldova in October

“These kinds of meetings and debates are very important”: Dr. Petar Teofilović and Dr. Reetta Toivanen interviewed after the EPP seminars held Moldova in October

IPN, a Moldovan news agency, published an interview with doctors Petar Teofilović and Reetta Toivanen who gave lectures during the Eastern Partnership Programme seminars in Chisinau.

In the interview by IPN, the experts talked about the situation of minority rights in Moldova, and about the challenges the country faces in this respect. Toivanen and Teofilović discussed possible policy and institutional solutions for the problems of learning state languages, protecting minority languages and representing minority interests’ in the country’s political system. Both lecturers stressed the importance of creating special mechanisms for minority rights protection. Such mechanisms, according to them, could be inspired by European models, but at the same time have to be adjusted to local circumstances. Dr. Toivanen and Dr. Teofilović also remarked that events such as organized by the ECMI are an important instrument for establishing communication between public authorities and civil society.

The presentations by Dr. Teofilović and Dr. Toivanen given in Chisinau on 19 and 20 October 2015 are now available on our website.