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Amnesty for migrant workers, Transnistrian conflict settlement, “Strategic Partnership”- topics discussed by Dodon and Putin during Moscow visit

On March 17th, Moldova’s President, Igor Dodon, met with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, in Moscow. The meeting, a follow-up of the one from January 17th, was delayed by almost 4 hours, making Dodon wait for Putin.

The topics discussed by the two Presidents varied from the Moldovan exports to the much-promised “Strategic Partnership”.

First, Dodon thanked the Russian President for the positive solution to the problem of wine exports to Russia. He even brought, presumably as a gift, some wine bottles of Putin’s collection from Cricova cellars, to which the latter was surprised to receive gifts of his own.

Second, the Moldovan President expressed his gratitude for the migration amnesty for Moldovan migrant workers, at the same time asking to introduce a prolonged amnesty after March 20th for other 33 thousand Moldovan citizens with residence penalties. Putin reportedly promised to prolong the amnesty. In this context, another proposed measure was to sign a citizenship agreement on the dual citizenship, so that the Moldovans living in Russia do not give up their citizenship.

To stress his friendly position towards Russia, Dodon condemned and called “demarche” the note sent by the Parliament and Government regarding the abuses Moldovan officials recently faced at the Russian border control.

On the Transnistrian conflict settlement, Dodon told Putin he would plan a meeting with the Transnistrian leader Vadim Krasnoselsky until the end of March.

Last, but not least, Dodon proposed to the Russian leader to have a consultation on concluding a new Treaty of “Strategic Partnership” between Moldova and Russia, beside the already existing Friendship and Collaboration Treaty.

Dodon was accompanied by the Socialist leader and deputy, Zinaida Greceanîi, and his foreign policy adviser and future Ambassador to Russia, Andrei Neguță.

Before meeting Putin, President Dodon participated the Business Forum “Russia-Moldova”, together with Russian potential investors in Moldova. He declared that, on political level, he will always support the extension of economic relations between the two two states.

Currently studying International Relations at the University of Pécs, Hungary. Study focus: Transnistrian conflict settlement, Moldovan statehood, Moldovan democracy.

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The European Commission notes Moldova’s fulfillment of criteria for the visa-free regime with the EU

Today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration announced that the European Commission’s first Annual Report on the Visa Suspension Mechanism.

The report notes that the Republic of Moldova continues to meet the criteria underlying the liberalization of the visa regime with the EU and includes a set of recommendations for strengthening our country’s policies, especially in the area of preventing and combating corruption and money laundering.

Visa-free travel has significantly facilitated people-to-people contacts and contributed to the further strengthening of business, social and cultural links between the Republic of Moldova and the European Union.

Visa-free travel is open to all 2,059,358 biometric passport holders, including those in the Transnistrian region (144,128).

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Dodon could appoint a judge to the Constitutional Court

The Constitutional Court could be composed of 7 judges, compared to 6 – as it is today. The Legal Commission, Appointments and Immunities has examined and supported today’s meeting of the draft amendment to the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova and will propose for debate to the Legislative Plenum.

According to the project, two judges are appointed by the Parliament, two by the Government, two by the Superior Council of Magistracy, and a judge will be appointed by the President of the Republic of Moldova. At the moment, the head of state does not have this right.

The draft also stipulates that the mandate of judges of the Constitutional Court who are in office at the date of entry into force of this law is extended by 3 years.

The project is to be debated and voted by the Parliament.

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Democrats replace seven Ministers in the Moldovan Government, Iurie Leancă- new deputy PM for European Integration

On December 19th, the leader of the Democratic Party, Vlad Plahotniuc, announced about replacing seven Ministers within the Government of Moldova. This move was made right after the Prime-Minister Filip congratulated his Cabinet for “professionalism and seriousness”. Strange, right?

According to Plahotniuc, the party wants to make the Government “technocratic” and to focus on professionalism rather than the political character.

The new Ministers are the following:

  1. Iurie Leancă– former PM during 2013-2014, Foreign Minister in Filat’s cabinets, current Vice Speaker of the Parliament, leader of the European People’s Party of Moldova- replaces Andrei Galbur;
  2. Deputy Prime-Minister for Reintegration, Cristina Lisnic– current director of the European Integration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs- replaces George Balan;
  3. Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Tudor Ulianovschi– current Ambassador of Moldova to Switzerland- replaces Andrei Galbur;
  4. Minister of Economy and Infrastructure, Chiril Gaburici– former PM in four months of 2015, former director of Moldcell- replaces Octavian Calmîc;
  5. Minister of Justice, Alexandru Tănase– ex-President of the Constitutional Court, former Minister of Justice in Filat 1 Cabinet, founder of the Liberal-Democratic Party- replaces Vladimir Cebotari;
  6. Minister of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment, Liviu Volcovici– current rector of the Agricultural University of Moldova- replaces Vasile Bîtca;
  7. Minister of Healthcare, Work and Social Protection, Svetlana Cebotari– current director of Blood Transfusion Center- replaces Stela Grigoraș.

President Igor Dodon declared that he would be willing to sign the resignation letters of the current ministers but that he would reject the new ministers, suggesting some should stay in prison, not in the seat of Vice Prime-Minister.

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