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Civic activist Oleg Brega to bid for a seat in Romania’s Parliament after giving up on Moldova Presidentials

The famous civic activist Oleg Brega decided to prepare his candidacy for a seat in the Parliament of Romania from the behalf of the Romanian diaspora.

In order to propose his candidacy for the elections from December 11th, the activist has to collect at least 1000 signatures of Romanians from abroad.

Recently, Brega gave up on biding for the Moldova Presidentials and on collecting 15 thousand signatures, saying that he was defeated by the system controlled by the Democratic Party.

Brega participated at the Parliamentary elections in November 2014 and got 0,88% of the votes (14085), insufficient to overcome the threshold of 2% set for independent candidates. He also participated at the Chișinău mayoral elections in 2015 from the behalf of the Party “Democracy Home” (Democrația Acasă), but didn’t get enough votes. Brega is well-known for his protests for human rights and justice, but specifically for his open television on Youtube, Curaj.TV.
Brega can be a candidate in the Romanian Parliament due to his Romanian citizenship.

Some estimate that over 444 thousand citizens of Moldova “regained” their Romanian citizenship after 1991.

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

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Moldova Government names first seven ministry secretaries after reform

On October 25th, the Government of Moldova named seven general secretaries who made it through the contest for the positions in the reformed ministries. The new secretaries are the following:

  • Iulia Costin- Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure;
  • Anatolie Munteanu- Ministry of Justice;
  • Mihail Căpățînă- Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration;
  • Radu Burduja- Ministry of Defense;
  • Boris Gîlca- Ministry of Health, Work, and Social Protection;
  • Igor Șarov- Ministry of Education, Culture and Research;
  • Iurie Ușurelu- Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development, and Environment.

Prime-Minister Pavel Filip welcomed the new Government officials, mentioning that their appointing would be an important step in depoliticizing institutions.

“The general secretaries are public servants and are going to lead the institutional memory ahead. The secretaries have nothing but to concentrate only on the activity of the ministries, in order to ensure the implementation of the governance plan and the national action plan for implementing the Association Agreement”, underlined Filip.

Filip announced that the deadline for the applications for positions of general secretaries within the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Finance has been extended.

The central administration reform adopted on 21 July stipulates that the Government members will be reduced, their responsibilities will be stated more clearly. More importantly, the number of Ministries will be reduced from 16 to 9.

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CoE Congress of Local Authorities concerned about manner of Chișinău’s mayor suspension

Logo of the Congress belonging to the organizational structure of the Council of Europe, Source: coe.int

On October 19th, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe examined the report by Swedish representative Gunn Marit Helgesen on the situation of Dorin Chirtoacă, mayor of Chișinău. Chirtoacă happens to be the Vice-President of the Congress.

The report presented by Helgesen draws attention that the suspension of Chirtoacă by a judicial authority is not with respect to several articles of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, ratified by Moldova in 1997. Moreover, the rapporteur underlines that the replacement of the mayor with an unelected officer (Vice-mayor Nistor Grozavu- Moldova.org) and the organization of a local recall referendum are of concern for the Congress:

“Suspending and detaining a mayor in the absence of a court judgment is a serious matter and constitutes a violation of a fundamental right”, said Ms. Helgesen.

As a result of the report, the Congress decided to organize a fact-finding mission to investigate the suspension of Chirtoacă and form recommendations to Moldova. In addition, the Congress requested an opinion from the Venice Commission, the Commission for Democracy through Law of the Council of Europe, on the constitutionality of the local referendum aimed at dismissing the mayor of the Moldovan capital. The press release mentions that the Congress takes Chirtoacă’s case to account for the general monitoring of the local and regional democracy scheduled for 2018, together with the complaint of the Moldovan Association of Local Authorities which denounced numerous pressures on local officials through court cases.

Meanwhile, Chirtoacă was refused by the court to register in the debate for the referendum regarding his dismissal. Only his Liberal party could apply as an electoral participant, aside from the Socialists.

Dorin Chirtoacă was arrested on May 25th with the charge of influence traffic and passive corruption in a case on city’s parking lots. On July 28th, he was suspended from the position of mayor of Moldova’s capital until a final decision of the court. In the parking lots case, prosecutors found that the mayor gave orders to the vice-mayor to sign the contract with EME PARKLEITSYSTEM without the approval of the City Council. Moreover, Chirtoacă reportedly approved the urban certificates for the company, contrary to the legislation. Aside from this, the mayor, together with the head of the transportation department and ex-classmate Igor Gamrețchi, asked the company willing to win the public listing for Chișinău’s parking lots to share 26% in the company through a Cyprus-based off-shore company. 13% would go to Chirtoacă, 13%- to Gamrețchi.

Chișinău’s mayor risks a sentence of 3 to 7 years.

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Dodon after new Minister of Defense investiture: The Government will fall into the pit it digs for others

Today, President Igor Dodon came with a reaction after the new Minister of Defense announced that the act of investiture “is beyond the limit of political legitimacy and shows how impotence makes the governors commit serious mistakes.”

“By failing to allow those in the Democratic Government to force the President’s hand, I have brought them back to using the last trick that they have – the Constitutional Court.
But the precedent acts that the Democrats have dared to create will become the instrument for which they will all have to suffer. They will be hit by the boomerang they launched,” the head of state declared.”

Dodon added:

“And my resignation as a President can only be decided by the people and no one else. The Democratic Government can not dismiss me, no matter how much they want it,”

Under these circumstances, the President specified that he would continue to carry out a large-scale information and signature-gathering campaign in favor of the presidential state. The official also said that he will not give up pressure and will not sign what he disagrees with.

We recall that Eugen Sturza was invested as Defense Minister today. Andrian Candu, Parliament Speaker, has signed, as Interim President, the appointment of Eugen Sturza in office. At the same time, the new minister took the oath in a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Pavel Filip.

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