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Prime minister chairs cabinet meeting

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 12:30
Prime Minister Ion Chicu chaired a cabinet meeting today. The meeting’s agenda comprised 15 subjects.       In the beginning of the event, the PM referred to the meeting with mayors, in which more than 750 mayors and all district heads participated. Ion Chicu demanded that a section be created on the government’s webpage, meant for informing the mayors about the cabinet’s plans and initiatives.      Till starting considering the agenda, the prime minister said: “At the first cabinet meeting from this year, I asked to extend the validity term of the electronic signature. I was informed that solutions had been identified and now the term is of two years. Yet, I received information reading that the Customs Service collects higher costs for the electronic signature and I ask you to revise the approach.       In the beginning of the mandate, I asked to give up groundless procurements of gadgets and other accessories, which is practiced by public institutions. I ask the State Chancellery to verify the fulfillment of this demand.”     In continuation, the cabinet of ministers considered subjects on the agenda and approved decisions, among which a ten-per cent increase in the salaries of the employees from the medical and sanitary institutions. More than 49,000 people are beneficiaries of this decision, with financial means worth 300 million lei provided for in the budget to this end.   

PPPDA will support one of candidates in Hâncești elections

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 12:20
The Party “Dignity and Truth Platform” (PPPDA) decided to support one of the candidates running in the new parliamentary elections of March 15, stated MP Vasile Năstase. According to him, the party will support the mots upright and professional candidate.“It is regrettable that those of the right could not identify a common candidate, as the PPPDA proposed, but this d

Moldovan president meets Russian envoy

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 12:10
Moldovan president meets Russian envoy

Premier visits south Moldova district

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 12:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu, accompanied by the bashkan (governor) of Gagauzia, Irina Vlah, visited the district hospital from the southern Vulcanesti town today. Fourteen physicians, 65 medical assistants and 40 technical employees work at the hospital. The medical institution was founded in 1956 and serves the residents of the Vulcanesti district – about 24,000 people.        The hospital is in a final phase of modernization – a process backed by the government of Turkey. The institution’s leadership informed the PM about the investments made on the last period, as well as the problems they were still facing, the most pressing one being the lack of qualified staff and modern medical equipment.   The prime minister talked with the patients and medical personnel, noting that the medical and sanitary institutions represented an important element in the infrastructure which determines the life quality.     Ion Chicu thanked the medical staff for the affectionate attitude towards the patients, describing it as not less important than the treatment itself. The PM informed about the cabinet’s intentions as to the development of the medical system, among which there is a ten-per cent increase in the salaries of the medical staff, approved at the last government meeting.

Prime minister visits theoretical lyceum from south Moldova town

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 12:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu, along with the bashkan (governor) of Gagauzia, Irina Vlah, today visited the Luceafarul theoretical lyceum from the southern Vulcanesti town. The lyceum is the only one where the subjects are taught in Romanian from this settlement. A number of 380 pupils study and 40 teachers work at this lyceum.        The PM had a discussion with the teachers and pupils of the lyceum, during which the institution’s problems and expectations from the government were tackled.   The teachers informed the prime minister about the difficulties faced, among which the insufficiency of teaching staff, need to repair the school’s roof, lack of modern equipments, as well as the small classrooms. Ion Chicu was also informed that the number of children choosing to study at this school had increased on the last period.   The PM thanked the teachers for enthusiasm and dedication. “I bow down before the people who dedicated themselves to the profession of teacher. The salaries in education will grow by at least ten per cent. This is less than you deserve; in continuation, we will come up with every support possible to back you,” the prime minister stressed.     Ion Chicu noted that the education was a priority on the government’s agenda. “You, the young people, represent the hope of this country. We should everybody mobilize to find solutions and edify a prosperous future for all our children here, at home. If we do not make substantial investments in education now, we will not advance,” the official added.   

prime minister meets ambassador of Russia

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 12:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu today had a meeting with Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Russia to Moldova Oleg Vasnetsov.   The officials tackled a wide range of subjects on the bilateral agenda, especially the ones on the commercial and economic relations.   The PM and the ambassador discussed also intentions of the Eurasian Development Bank to finance, in general, investment initiatives in Moldova and, in particular, the construction of an agro-industrial logistic hub.   Ion Chicu confirmed the cabinet’s intention to actively back the investments in the national economy, especially the ones in industrialization and modernization.

Moldovan government to provide business people every support to make progress

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 12:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu today went to the Vulcanesti Free Economic Zone (FEZ), where he visited two resident companies: Terra Impex and Altix Impex.     The Terra Impex enterprise produces metal nets for constructions and has been worked for seven years. Two hundred employees, who earn a salary worth 6,000 lei, on average, per month, work at this enterprise. The enterprise exports products to over 15 countries, most of them to EU. The value of the investments amounted to 3.5 million dollars and the volume of sales was estimated at about 88 million lei in 2019.     The second company, Altix Impex, is specialized in the processing of cereals; it is a developing enterprise and has only 12 employees. The factory is unique, due to its equipment, which allows the production of starch from peas. The production capacity is of two tons per hour. Most production is exported to Asian countries. The economic agent plans to extend its sales to the USA and EU. The value of the current investments is of about 700,000 dollars and the volume of sales amounted to about 11 million lei in 2019.         The PM visited the factory’s production sections and showed interest in the difficulties faced and how the government can contribute to overcome them.   „FEZ Vulcanesti has a big potential. We are ready to provide business people with every support of the government, in order to make progress. The companies are export-oriented and this is important. There are some problems, such as the insufficiently of labour force, management of industrial waste, etc. That is why, I have come here – to jointly identify solutions. We will not work only in offices; we will be directly connected to the real situation. And I think that this approach is correct,” the prime minister said.   

Prime minister participates in joint meeting with local public authorities from Gagauz autonomy

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 12:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu, along with the bashkan (governor) of Gagauzia, Irina Vlah, has participated in a joint meeting with the local public authorities (APL) from the Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia, the Vulcanesti, town. Attending the event were mayors, civil servants and councilors from local authorities, business people – about 170 people.       In the beginning of the meeting, Ion Chicu informed APL representatives about the cabinet’s priorities for the 2020 year, as well as the principal actions of the 2020-2023 Action Plan of the government.   In particular, PM Chicu referred to the massive investments for roads’ restoration and construction, streets’ illumination, as well as the attraction of investments meant for the industrialization of the district centres and creation of stable and well-paid jobs.      „The problem of young people’s exodus has hit the entire society. If we want to want to change the state of things, we must create jobs all over the country,” the prime minister said.      In his message, the PM informed about the public order and revival of the institute of district policeman, evolution of the salaries in the education and health sectors, as well as about the government’s problems meant to back young specialists.   The APL representatives put the prime minister questions on the bad state of roads and the intense goods transport to the Giurgiulesti port. They also showed interest in programmes meant to encourage the starting of businesses, which might stop the young people’s migration from Moldova, and many other issues. The question-and answer session lasted a 1.5 hours, during which the prime minister gave answers and explanations to the APL representatives and business people.      In the end of the meeting, Ion Chicu urged the local authorities’ representatives to focus on the development of settlements and identifying solutions to the current problems, proceeding from the present possibilities. “We have common problems which join us. We should put politics aside and do what people expect from us,” the prime minister said.  

Prime minister says enough money meant for First Home programme budgeted for 2020

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 12:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu today summoned a meeting, in order to consider the evolution of the First Home programme. Attending the meeting were decision-makers of the Finance Ministry and the Organization for Small and Medium Enterprises Sector Development (ODIMM) – the institution which considers files and issues state guarantees.      In the beginning of the meeting, Ion Chicu said: “We are interested in the evolution of the First Home programme, in learning how demanded the programmes are and which is their evolution on each component separately.”     ODIMM director Iulia Costin informed the PM about the number of beneficiaries of the programme and the geography of its enforcement. So far, 3,956 people have benefited from this programme, of whom 2,776 are young families and 1,180 – young unmarried persons. The average age of the applicants is of 31 years and the average value of the dwellings bought is of 591,000 lei. As many as 3,707 dwellings were purchased in urban zones and 249 – in rural ones.     The prime minister noted that enough money had been budgeted for the First Home programme for 2020. He said that the cabinet was set to extend the programme to the buying of other assets in the near future, including automobiles. “The programme is meant for young people and it must be adapted to their needs and expectations. We are interested in the programme being more intensely enforced for the rural zones,” the prime minister stressed.     Ion Chicu asked ODIMM, while taking into account the experience gained, to undertake measures of simplifying and digitalizing the enforcement procedures.      „Please, find a solution to how we provide support to young people who borrowed real estate loans till the launch of the First Home programme and integrate them into the programme,” was prime minister’s demand to decision-makers of the Finance Ministry.

Moldovan president meets diplomatuic staff representatives

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 11:50
Moldovan president meets diplomatuic staff representatives

Vladimir Bolea: I’m very skeptical about privatization of “Metalferos”

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 11:50
MP of the Action and Solidarity Party Vladimir Bolea said that he looks at the privatization of the state-owned company SA “Metalferos”, which was announced by the Government, with great skepticism. According to him, during the past 26 years all the cases of privatization were a form of robbing the state. Before privatizing this company, an audit should be carried out to dete

Moldovan president visits Memorial to victims of fascism

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 11:40
Moldovan president visits Memorial to victims of fascism

Prime minister summons first meeting of working group to monitor price development

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 11:30
Today Prime Minister Ion Chicu convened the first meeting of the working group for analysis and monitoring of price developments. Chicu informed that the group has the mission to follow the prices of the most important products and services, especially those with high social significance.   He said "The order on creation of the working group under the leadership of Deputy Prime Minister Serghei Pușcuța is signed, meant to monitor the evolution of market prices for socially important product groups. We will also monitor the evolution of the main macroeconomic indicators ”.   Chicu approached rising prices for a wide range of socially important products in January, including fuel prices. The working group will examine the effectiveness of national rules applied by regulators to understand what issues can be improved so as to be prevented cartel agreements and price increases.   The first topic was the development of fuel prices. He requested information from the ANRE representative.   ANRE director Ștefan Creanga informed the prime minister that 123 economic agents have a license for marketing petroleum products and we have 710 fuel stations in the country. In the sales structure 70.3% represents diesel, 20.8% - petrol and 8.9% - liquefied gas. ANRE checks only one parameter, observing the 10% annual rate of return on activity of the license holder. Creangă noted that the profitability set by the law can be easily avoided by the exaggerated increase of various administrative costs, and ANRE has no leverage to intervene.   ANRE informed that changing the regulatory approach was implemented from January 1, 2019, but the price mechanism by ANRE, previously applied, was more effective.   Ion Chicu asked the Competition Council management for information on the cartel agreements identified and sanctioned.   The representative of the Competition Council informed that CC is targeting the oil products market. CC intervened by collecting information to identify evidence of cartel agreements, but they are not found so far. CC knows issues indirectly proving that agreements may exist.   The prime minister was concerned about the efficiency of CC activity, which has a team of 130 specialists, and is not able to identify and effectively combat cartel agreements.   In another context, the premier asked Minister Anatol Usatii to submit information on progress of implementation of the action plan for reviving the interurban passenger services industry and increasing the quality and safety of services.   Usatîi informed that since 2013, when transport tariffs were not updated, the cost of fuel has increased 3 times. The costs of spare parts and repair services increased on the chain, and wages in the country doubled during this period. The age of the transport units involved in the interurban transport has increased, and now many obsolete units are on routes.   The industry is in poor condition and steps are needed to revive it and to encourage investments in transport units and professional drivers.   MEI has signed an Action Plan, approved by the licensed companies, which will increase the safety and quality of the transport services in three stages, until September 2020.   At the end of the meeting, the premier asked MEI, MF and ANRE to examine for a week the effects of the change of approach in the case of oil price regulation.   "I do not think it’s right to let the economic agents to set up prices for petroleum products. I do not want to influence the decision of the working group, but I urge you to do this analysis urgently and come up with proposals. The prices for diesel fell, the excise duty increased slightly, and the selling price of diesel has increased significantly. Please find where the traders are hiding a large part of income, “ he said.    

Prime Minister calls for further measures to improve mechanisms on driving licenses

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 11:30
Prime Minister Ion Chicu had a meeting today to consider progress in improving the process of obtaining driving licenses and eliminating corruption from the system. He asked ASP management for a progress report.   ASP director Tatiana Cunetcaia informed about the steps taken to eliminate corruption in the registration process. The measures determined the simplification of the programming and the shortening of the waiting time from 2.5 months to 45 days.   Other possibilities have been identified to improve the quality of services and to simplify access. These include increasing the number of examiners and purchasing more cars. ASP cooperates intensively with the CNA in order to prevent corruption approaches and, in the coming days, an anti-corruption training program for employees will begin.   MEI Secretary of State Iulian Postică presented a concept of increasing the quality of the training process in auto schools, which involves a set of concrete measures and terms. In the final stage, there will be a ranking of the auto schools and the trainers, which will give the candidates the opportunity to choose the best school and the best instructor, from the perspective of the objective quality of the services offered.   The director presented the information on the medical examination process of the candidates. For this purpose, about 70 million lei are spent annually, and 99.5% of the applicants are eligible. This is proof of the inefficiency of the procedure.   The prime minister asked the ASP director to directly subordinate the relevant department, in order to be connected to the evolution of things. Ion Chicu asked for the revision of the legal framework in case of loss of the driving license, which, at present, implies the repeated passage of all stages of obtaining the document. The prime minister stressed the need to eliminate the condition of medical examination to regain the permit.   The prime minister asked for information on the need to change driving licenses according to the new model and how procedures can be simplified. The ASP official said that the Moldovan legislation does not oblige the drivers to update their old type permits, but they do not comply with the EU Directives, so the drivers have problems outside the country. The prime minister requested a review of the legal framework to simplify the process of changing old permits and to continue the short and long term measures to make the mechanisms for obtaining driving licenses more efficient.

Prime Minister participates in meeting of council for veterans' problems

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 11:30
Prime Minister Ion Chicu today participated in a public meeting of the national council for the war veterans’ problems, held at the Army House. About 300 veterans took part in the meeting.   The participants in the meeting tackled frequent problems faced by the veterans, such as access to medical treatment and rehabilitation services, backing provided for employment and professional training, medical insurance and material aid.    The participants ruled to set up councils in each districts and create 9 specialized working groups, which will focus on communication with public authorities, issue of compensations’ payments, problems of health and rehabilitation, subject of military and patriotic education, etc.      „I am happy to be here. Today, we re-launch the work of the national council of veterans, which is the most efficient instrument to solve the veterans’ problems. We have more than 20,000 veterans. The problems are serious and have accumulated during years. I have come to discuss how we solve your problems and the ones of the country. I regard you the bravest men of the nation; let us put politics aside, dissensions, quarrels and unite. I assure you that we will do everything the government can do at present,” the prime minister said.      The Council’s secretary unveiled an action plan for 2020-2023, which contains 50 actions on all subjects tackled at the meeting.   During one hour, the PM answered veterans’ questions.      In the end of the meeting, the prime minister said: ”I will not make promises which the government cannot fulfill. I have noted the problems approached by you. All of them will be considered and we will solve them as far as possible.”  

Moldovan foreign affairs minister attends session of Moldova-USA working group on rule of law state and good governance

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 23:30
Moldovan foreign affairs minister attends session of Moldova-USA working group on rule of law state and good governance

Moldovan PM pays working visit to Poland

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 21:40
Moldovan PM pays working visit to Poland

The best Moldovan movies awarded at the Filmmakers’ Gala 2020

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 21:20
On January 20, the first edition of the Filmmakers’ Gala was organised in Moldova. The best works of movie directors, writers and actors were awarded there. The event was organised in partnership with the Moldovan Film Union (MFU), in partnership with the National Center of Cinematography in Moldova and with the support of the Ministry of […]

CC rejects President’s requisition concerning law on SCM

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 20:40
The Constitutional Court (CC) dismissed as inadmissible President Igor Dodon’s requisition to check the constitutionality of the law of December 20, 2019 to amend the law on the Superior Council of Magistracy (SCM), IPN reports.President Dodon asked the Court to say if a majority vote is needed in Parliament to choose SCM members from among law professors and to determine if the

Prosecutor’s General Office admits that the investigation of the billion theft has multiple deficiencies

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 20:20
The procedural audit of the criminal cases documents regarding the Moldovan bank fraud revealed multiple deficiencies that did not allow a complex and impartial investigation of all the potential beneficiaries of the „billion theft”. It is one of the conclusions made by the Prosecutor’s General Office after checking the last month of Anti-corruption Prosecutor’s Office […] Articolul Prosecutor’s General Office admits that the investigation of the billion theft has multiple deficiencies apare prima dată în Cotidianul.

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