Maia Sandu awarded democracy prize

The president of Moldova, Maia Sandu, has been awarded the Norwegian Lindebraekke Prize.

Sandu, who has been president of Moldova since December 2020, has worked to deepen Moldova’s relations with the European Union and to promote democracy and rule of law in her home country. She is awarded the prize in recognition of her work to ”facilitate critical reform, fight endemic corruption and promote a government working for the people”, the jury writes in its motivation.

The Lindebraekke Prize is the international democracy award of the Norwegian Conservative Party (Hoyre). It is awarded to individuals or organizations which promote political and economic freedoms and rights, and who strengthen democratic institutions in societies where they are oppressed. Members of the jury include Eva Gustavsson, managing director of the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation and Eirik Moen, former secretary of state at the prime minister’s office and former secretary general of the International Democrat Union.