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Cars registered on the left bank of the Dniester can cross Moldovan-Ukrainian border

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 14:40
Today cars registered on the left bank of the Dniester can cross the Moldovan-Ukrainian border. The Bureau of Reintegration Policy announced on its Facebook page about this. Chisinau authorities insist it was a test. Citește mai departe...

Comrat-Chisinau: New credit of trust or “Putting the cart before the horse”. Op-Ed

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 14:10
“Will Igor Dodon manage again to gain the Gagauz voters’ confidence? Currently, Gagauzia is ready to accept guarantees, not promises. It will not put the cart before the horse. The region wants to see facts and then to give votes in elections...” ---Ultimatum reviewedOn January 21, President Dodon will make a working visit to the Autonomous Territorial Unit (ATU) o

Prime Minister chairs cabinet meeting

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 14:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu today chaired a cabinet meeting. In the beginning of the meeting, the PM referred to the passing away of artist Stefan Petrache and asked his colleagues to stand silent for one minute.     The prime minister afterwards presented a report on the instrument of monitoring the implementation of the government’s Action Plan, noting that the plan would be soon placed on the government’s webpage. Ion Chicu said that he had had a discussion with Moldova’s Prosecutor General, within which the sides confirmed intention to periodically inform the society about the evolution of the cases with high impact in justice.     The prime minister asked the interior minister for information on the crime situation in Moldova and the problem of traffic accidents. Pavel Voicu informed the PM that the Prosecutor’s Office was managing the case of the murder from Costesti and the Interior Ministry (MAI) would assess the promptitude and correctness of the actions of the Police. In the context, the prime minister asked to evaluate especially the efficiency of the leadership factors of the Police.     The prime minister asked MAI and the Finance Ministry till 15 February to submit proposals meant to strengthen the institute of the district policeman. “The district policeman is the person who must know the settlement and its residents best of all. The efficient work of the district policeman contributes to the prevention of crimes and quick discovery of the committed ones. We will provide to the district policemen everything necessary, so that they more efficiently fulfill their task,” the prime minister said.     Prime minister Chicu showed interest in the progress on the dimension of the tenders for the roads’ construction. Economics Infrastructure Minister Anatol Usatii informed that 5 out of 17 consignments meant for international bidding had been already published.   „All acquisitions are published on the M-Tender information platform and we ensure maximal transparency. We inform the embassies accredited in Moldova about these tenders and ask for their support in informing the companies interested to participate,” Minister Usatii said.       The prime minister asked the Economics and Infrastructure Ministry (MEI) to directly contact big regional companies and inform them about the Moldovan government’s intentions to contract services on roads’ construction, noting that the works must start as soon as it is possible.   The Prime minister  informed that a meeting with all mayors of Moldova would be held on 22 January. At the event, the local authorities will be informed about the projects initiated by the government both on the construction of roads and of networks of aqueducts and sewerage, as well as the liquidation of unauthorized waste deposits.    The participants in the cabinet meeting approved a draft law which provides for the setting up of a national council for the problems of the war veterans and a regulation on its work. The chairmanship of the council will be taken over by the Defence Ministry, which, through the administrative and military bodies, manages the processing of the acts of the war veterans. The draft law is to create needed premises for the development and consolidation of the capacities of the council for carrying out an efficient activity.        Also today, the cabinet ruled to dissolve the Centre for Reforms’ Implementation.      

Prime Minister has meeting with World Bank's supervision mission

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 14:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu today had a discussion with the World Bank’s coordination team of the Governmental Services Modernization project, on a mission of supervision and support for the implementation of the project’s activities.      In the beginning of the meeting, Ion Chicu said that this project was quite important. ‘’We are interested in the digitalization of the public services. I would like to know your opinion about the present status of the project and the prospects for the next period,’’ the prime minister said.   The team leader, Constantin Rusu, informed the PM about the fact that the most important stage in the process of digitalization of the public services was the services’ analysis and re-engineering. ‘’We rely much on your personal support and the one of the State Chancellery in improving the cooperation with the beneficiary agencies. We inform you that, after your meeting with the Electronic Governance Agency, the problems which have been blocked for more than one year were solved in one week. By the joining of the efforts of all sides, we can determine quick progress, which will be felt by all citizens, as well as by the business environment, ‘’ Constantin Rusu said.        The prime minister informed the mission’s representative that the PM’s adviser in charge of the IT sector, Eugeniu Ursu, would provide the project’s coordination having a full mandate.     „We are set to determine the extremely rational consumption of resources within this project and digitalize the most demanded public services as soon as possible,’’ Ion Chicu added.  

Monitoring mechanism of Government Action Plan became operational

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 14:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu, after approving the Government Action Plan 2020-2023 (PAG), immediately requested the creation of a mechanism to monitor the implementation.   PAG includes over 1,000 distinct actions in all areas of the executive's competence.   The mission of the mechanism is to reflect the progress in all PAG actions, offering the opportunity to know the stage of implementation, the deadline, the objectives of the action and the authority responsible for implementation.   The information will be updated daily.   The State Chancellery will consider recommendations for improving the PAG monitoring mechanism aimed at simplifying its use by interested users.   The mechanism can be found on www.gov.md, accessing the banner Monitoring the Government’s Action Plan 2020-2023".

Member of international extremist-terrorist organization DAESH detained at Chisinau airport

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 14:00
Officers of the Counter-Terrorism Center of the Information and Security Service in cooperation with Border Police detained a citizen of Tajikistan, who is seeking membership of the international extremist-terrorist organization DAESH, while intending to cross the Moldovan state border with a Citește mai departe...

Hungary to carry out projects meant to modernize economy, enhance people's well-being in Moldova

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 13:30
Prime Minister Ion Chicu today had a meeting with Ambassador of Hungary to Moldova Sándor Szabó.     The officials discussed a wide range of subjects on the social, economic and cultural relations between Moldova and Hungary.   Prime Minister Chicu thanked the diplomat for the constant support provided by Hungary to the process of Moldova’s development and modernization, as well as to backing the country’s European integration. In the context, the prime minister reiterated the government’s commitment to fulfill all provisions of the Moldova – EU Association Agreement and spoke out for boosting the bilateral cooperation on all social and economic dimensions.     Sándor Szabó confirmed Hungary’s intention to further support Moldova and to  carry out projects meant to modernize the national economy and enhance the people’s well-being.   

Moldovan cabinet considers issue of central Moldova district's water supply

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 13:30
Prime Minister Ion Chicu today summoned a cabinet meeting to consider the issue of the central Hancesti district’s supply with water.   The matter was set forth by the local authorities during a recent visit by the PM to this district. Attending the meeting were representatives of more competent ministries and agencies, the Hancesti district’s leadership and the mayors of the concerned villages.   The prime minister was informed about the issue of procrastination of the works within the project on water supply of 11 settlements from the Hancesti district, placed in the Prut river meadow, financed by the National Ecological Fund. The project was started in 2013 and has not been finished so far because of the incapacity of the economic agent contracted. The entrepreneur asked to increase the contract’s value up to 23 million lei. As much as 37 million lei has been turned to account so far.     „The water supply is one of the government’s priorities, as well as the construction of roads, illumination, etc. There are many projects launched in the water supply sector, which have been badly managed, unfortunately. We must revitalize them. I want us to discuss the stage of the works, which are the problems and what the government needs to undertake for the project to be successfully completed,” the prime minister said.      In the end of the meeting, the PM asked the specialty authorities to get involved, including the Technical Supervision Agency, so that to determine the carrying out of the works according to the contract, by ensuring the quality of the works and in as short periods as possible. 

Tourism sector legislation to be improved in Moldova

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 13:30
Prime Minister Ion Chicu today had a meeting with the participation of representatives of tourism associations from Moldova, leadership of the Investments Agency, Organization for Small and Medium Enterprises Sector Development (ODIMM), Tourist Information and Promotion Centre, as well as other decision-makers in the field.   The participants in the meeting discussed the problems set forth by tourism agencies in the development of the industry. Among the subjects tackled, and which are in need of the cabinet’s involvement, the participants mentioned the necessity to develop the infrastructure of tourism objects, usefulness of the liberalized visa regime between Moldova and other states, as well as the boosting of actions to promote the cultural heritage.      The PM noted that tourism was an important sector and its development would essentially contribute to the growth of the national economy. ‘’We should together find solutions and undertake needed measures to foster the activities in this sector. Moldova has potential and it must be turned to account,’’ the prime minister said.      In the end, the PM asked to give final touches to the Moldova 2030 National Development Strategy on the tourism dimension and set a two-month term for carrying out the procedures of improving the legislation in the tourism field. Among the priorities, Ion Chicu highlighted the need to digitize the services and opportunities, so that they are more accessible for the end consumers, which will allow monitoring the developments in industry.   

Prime Minister chairs meeting on facilitating export procedure

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 13:30
Prime Minister Ion Chicu today chaired a meeting to consider possibilities of facilitating the export activities for the native producers and stimulating the development of the online trade. Attending the meeting were decision-makers from the Economics and Infrastructure Ministry (MEI), Moldova’s Post, Customs Service, National Bank, the Organization for Small and Medium Enterprises Sector Development (ODIMM), as well as native producers of textiles Hermina and Bombonici.      The participants in the meeting informed the PM about the distance covered by the native producers in the process of carrying out the export of goods to the final recipient, described the current drawbacks in the couriers’ activity, difficulties faced in carrying out customs procedures and the issue of online payments.      The decision-maker from the Customs Service said that a simplified procedure for export operations had been launched in 2019. It gives producers possibility to submit an application to the nearby customs checkpoint, to get the right of supplying goods worth 1,000 euros per one invoice. The decision-maker noted that work was presently carried out to improve the customs information system (ASYCUDA World), meant to essentially simplify the goods export.       Prime Minister Chicu described the current procedures of sending parcels as difficult, which can compromise the intention to make business in Moldova. In the context, Ion Chicu asked decision-makers to intensely communicate with the native producers and work out together a maximally comfortable scenario for the export-oriented business.  

Prime Minister met group of veterans

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 13:30
Prime Minister Ion Chicu today went out to speak to a group of veterans, who came to protest on the Great National Assembly Square. The PM invited the protesters’ leader to a discussion in the government building. The veterans’ representatives presented a string of social and economic requirements.   Prime Minister Chicu informed the veterans about the revival of the national council for the problems of the war veterans, the leadership of which was taken over by Defence Minister Victor Gaiciuc. This platform is meant to collect the problems and proposals on the improvement of the veterans’ living standards, and afterwards to elaborate and promote solutions at the level of government.     The participants in the today’s meeting agreed that, on 24 January, a meeting of the aforementioned national council would take place, with the participation of the prime minister and veterans’ representatives. The participants in the meeting will give final touches to an efficient mechanism of communication and cooperation, so that the demands are fulfilled as far as possible.   

PM Chicu replies to Romanian President's comment on Moldova's EU path

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 13:20
The Moldovan government works for its citizens, PM Ion Chicu replied to the statement made by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis that he was dissatisfied with the Chisinau government. Citește mai departe...

Prime Minister sends congratulatory message to new premier of Russia

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 13:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu today sent a congratulatory message to Prime Minister of Russia Mikhail Mishustin.      The message reads:   ”Dear Mr. Mishustin,   I convey you my sincerest congratulations on your appointment to the office of Prime Minister of Russia.     I am quite sure that your experience, knowledge and energy will be fully demanded while exercising the high and responsible position, contributing to the achievement of the goal of the country’s continuous development and to the enhancement of the Russian people’s well-being.   Availing myself of this occasion, I confirm the willingness of Moldova’s government for maintaining the open and constructive dialogue with the colleagues from Russia on the entire spectrum of subjects on the bilateral agenda. I am sure that our common efforts will yield the results expected and a significant contribution to the strengthening of the friendship relations and mutually advantageous cooperation between Moldova and Russia.   Dear Mr. Prime Minister, I wish you good success in the new office and achievement of the objectives set.’’

Moldovan cabinet assesses stage of carrying out works at Chisinau Arena

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 13:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu today summoned a meeting, in order to take knowledge of the march of works to finish the construction of the Chisinau Arena. Attending the event were decision-makers from the Economics and Infrastructure Ministry (MEI), Education, Culture and Research Ministry (MECC), Finance Ministry, General Police Inspectorate (IGP), Public Property Agency (APP) and Chisinau city hall.   The people in charge of carrying out the actions presented to the PM detailed information on the current situation and the progress made on each dimension. Among the subjects tackled, there was the making of the ways of access to the complex, financing the works and the activities of the object’s final reception.     The head of the enterprise managing the complex informed that, at present, the internal works had been carried out almost completely. For the moment, competent people carry out procedures of testing the systems and equipments, in order to verify the functionality of the complex’s infrastructure. In particular, the participants in the meeting considered the scenarios of fulfilling the ways of access, taking into account that Chisinau’s belt road is to be constructed nearby the complex.   In the end, the prime minister asked decision-makers to focus efforts on distributed activities, so that the Chisinau Arena complex is launched on 1 May 2020. ‘’This is a national complex, expected by sportspeople, artists and especially young people. You must meet the terms announced,’’ the PM said.

Chisinau gives in to Tiraspol? Here's PM Ion Chicu's answer

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 13:00
Chisinau did not give in to Tiraspol. This is the statement of Prime Minister Ion Chicu, in the context in which, last week, the press on the left bank of the Dniester announced the cancellation of bans on cars with Transnistrian numbers. Citește mai departe...

UK-US relations: Challenges ahead

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 12:40
 The past few days have been witness, to some important statements made in the context of the Joint Comprehensive Program for Action (JCPOA) — also referred to as the Iran Nuclear deal. US allies, including the UK and some EU member states do not seem to be in agreement with the US President’s Iran policy in general, and his inclination towards scrapping JCPOA altogether.

Moldovan government to do weekly price analysis

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 12:30
Moldovan government to do weekly price analysis

Moldovan PM chairs meeting on facilitating export procedure

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 12:20
Moldovan PM chairs meeting on facilitating export procedure

Ion Chicu: “Moldovan-Romanian relations do not depend on choices made on banks of the Dâmbovița and Bâc”

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 12:10
“The relations between Moldova and Romania do not depend on the choices made on the banks of the Dâmbovița and Bâc Rivers,” Premier Ion Chicu stated in an interview for RFE/RL’s Moldovan Service.He spoke about the friendship relations between Moldova and Romania, noting he thinks that those who use the subject of the bilateral relations for selfish electoral goals and

Head of State Congratulated Moldovans on Jesus Christ Baptism

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 22:40
President of the Republic of Moldova Igor Dodon congratulated Orthodox believers on the occasion of the Baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ, one of the main Christian holidays. • The baptism of the Lord is of particular importance, full of teachings for believers. On this day, Jesus Christ, having been baptized in the waters of the Jordan River, took the first step to the salvation of every Christian, and through the sacrament of holy baptism Christians become His disciples and sons. By tradition,...

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