On December 9, 2014, ICDS held a roundtable discussion on Moldova’s Parliamentary Elections, entitled Moldova’s Parliamentary Elections: Influence from Russia & Impact on Europe.
Moderated and introduced by ICDS research fellow Emmet Tuohy, the roundtable began with a presentation from Serhiy Herasymchuk, researcher at the Strategic and Security Studies Group in Ukraine, who provided a background outline of the political situation in Moldova before focusing on specific aspects of Russian influence such as trade, energy, and migration issues.
Kalev Kallemets, a member of the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu) and of the Estonian-Moldovan Inter-Parliamentary Working Group, followed by remarks stressing the role of the shared history between the two countries in making Estonia’s example relevant for Moldova as it too makes a European choice.
Counselor at the Embassy of Moldova Tatiana Gîndea then spoke about her country’s course towards European integration and its influence on citizens’ electoral choices, stressing the impact of greater trade with the EU in particular.
These remarks were followed by a stimulating off-the-record discussion among participants—who included Czech ambassador to Estonia H.E. Richard Kadlčák among other representatives of Tallinn’s academic, diplomatic, and government communities.