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European Parliament gives green light to increase funds for Eastern neighborhood to €619 million in 2018

On October 26th, the European Parliament approved the position report on the budget of the European Union for 2018.

The report includes the proposal of the budget negotiator, Romanian MEP Siegfried Mureșan, to increase the financial allocations for states from the Eastern neighborhood by 27 million euros to a total of 619 million euros, reports TVR Moldova. This increase is additional to that of approx. 48 million euros included by the European Commission for 2018. Nevertheless, the respective funds will be directed to projects and not directly to the governments of Eastern Partnership states.

“Through this increase of allocations, the European Union reaffirms its firm commitment to help the states from the Eastern neighborhood that have association agreements with the EU, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, to implement reforms they need to strengthen their economies and institutions. For the Republic of Moldova, this support is essential and helps to consolidate its economy and institutions and to become more economically competitive. The support that the European Union offers is real and substantial, but we need to see real progress from the authorities from Moldova. For this, it is needed from the government to implement reforms that consolidate the justice, the rule of law and the banking sector, thus improving people’s lives. In this way, we can ensure that the money we give to the Republic of Moldova is well utilized and contributes to the improvement of the standard of life of simple people“, declared Mureșan after the vote.

The budget proposal of the Parliament still needs to be conciliated with the EU Council, which wants the EU budget cut by 1,7 billion euros in 2018.

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A group of Democratic Party deputies demanded temporary suspension of President Igor Dodon

President Igor Dodon is on the brink of his fourth temporary suspension after he repeatedly refused to appoint two candidates as ministers.

Today, a group of deputies of the Democratic Party submitted a petition to the Constitutional Court, requesting “a statement of the circumstances justifying the interim president of the Republic of Moldova in order to overcome the constitutional blockade generated by the deliberate refusal to fulfill the constitutional obligation of the appointment of some members of the Government.”

Reminder: Although Prime Minister Pavel Filip declared he will insist on the two candidatures, Igor Dodon refuses to sign the decrees for the appointment of the new ministers proposed by PDM. Dodon said that Silvia Radu, proposed for the position of Minister of Health, would not be a specialist in the given field, and Nicolae Ciubuc, who was promoted to the Minister of Agriculture, would have problems of integrity.

Silvia Radu, proposed as Minister of Health, Labor and Social Protection

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Dodon refuses to appoint the two ministers. PM Filip will ask the CCM to suspend the president

The political spectacle continues. President Igor Dodon sent a letter to Prime Minister Pavel Philip informing him that he did not accept to nominate the two candidates for the positions of Minister of Health, Labor and Social Protection (Silvia Radu), as well as agriculture and food industry (Nicolae Ciubuc), proposed by the Democratic Party.

“I think everyone has to deal with what they’re better at. One needs to understand the difference between paracetamol and aspirin,” the head of state said.

Moreover, Igor Dodon believes that this is done in order to launch these candidates in the election campaign later on.

In reply, Prime Minister Pavel Filip said that President Igor Dodon’s refusal to accept the two proposed ministers is a new violation of the Constitution.

“We will address the Constitutional Court to call for a solution to this institutional blockage that the head of state is trying to provoke,” the prime minister declared.

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James Pettit: The process of European integration is slowing down

Compared to the year 2016, Moldova’s European integration process has recently slowed down. The statement belongs to the US Ambassador to Chisinau, James Pettit. During a show at TVR Moldova television, the diplomat mentioned that a cause of the slowdown may be the fact that the Republic of Moldova is on the verge of parliamentary elections, IPN reports.

The ambassador considers that the biggest challenge in terms of European integration of the Republic of Moldova is corruption, which exists in all areas. At the same time, the diplomat claims that there are several areas that are not working well, including the legal sector that has not made much progress in recent years. As a national tragedy, the ambassador called the migration of the population of the Republic of Moldova.

The Ambassador said that the US is providing training through its programs for judges, lawyers, and civil servants.

“From time to time we have experts in the US or in Europe who can train these officials,” declared Pettit.

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