The Council of Europe is an international organisation promoting co-operation between all countries of Europe in the areas of legal standards, human rights, democratic development, the rule of law and cultural co-operation. It was founded in 1949, has 47 member states with some 800 million citizens, and is an entirely separate body from the European Union (EU), which has 28 member states. Unlike the EU, the Council of Europe cannot make binding laws. The two do however share certain symbols such as the flag and the anthem.
On June 27, 2014 took place in Brussels the signature ceremony of the Association Agreement between the 28 countries of the European Union and three Eastern European countries : Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine. This agreement will allow to deepen political and economic ties between these countries and the EU, in the framework of the Eastern Partnership, but also to provide these countries more stability, security and prosperity. It also allows the establishment of a free trade area expected to bring many economic benefits to these countries, by offering businesses access to the EU's single market. That same day, the Post of Moldova has released a special postmark dedicated to this historic agreement. Read more..
According to a declaration by the Ministry for Information Technology and Communications of the Republic of Moldova, it is not permitted to cut stamps from items of prepaid postal stationery, and to use those stamps for the creation of maximum cards. Please read the news article here.
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