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High-Representative Mogherini to Deputy PM Leancă: EU is closely following developments on electoral framework, media sector, banking frauds investigation

Source: gov.md

23 January 2018- The Deputy Prime-Minister for European Integration of Moldova, Iurie Leancă, paid a visit to the European Commission and the European Parliament.

During his meeting with EU’s High-Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, Leancă reportedly informed about implementing reforms stipulated by the Association Agreement, in particular, the justice reform, the usage of the DCFTA potential and fulfilling the conditions for macro-financial assistance.

In response, HR Mogherini highlighted the importance of following the recommendations of international partners in key areas related to reforms and democracy in the country. As the press release of the EEAS readsthe EU is closely following developments with regard to the electoral framework, the media sector, and the major banking fraud unveiled in 2014, where essential tasks such as criminal investigations and recovering misappropriated funds have not been completed.

In addition, Mogherini emphasized that Moldova’s progress in key reform areas such as the judiciary and the fight against corruption is needed for the Association Agreement to be beneficial for all Moldovans.

Deputy PM Iurie Leancă and Vice-President for EU’s Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič

Talking with the Vice-President of the EU Commission for the Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič, Moldova’s Deputy PM asked for EU’s support in the projects of connecting the gas and electricity networks of Moldova with those of Romania.

Neighborhood and Enlargement Commissioner, Johannes Hahn, encouraged Leancă’s Government to continue the implementation of reforms:

The Financial Stability Commissioner, Valdis Dombrovskis, informed Leancă about a mission of the Commission’s Directorate General for Economy and Finances coming to Moldova in February. It reportedly will evaluate how Moldova meets the criteria for the disbursement of the first tranche of the macro-financial assistance.

When discussing with Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom and Health&Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, Moldova’s Deputy PM reportedly prioritized the topic of Moldovans exports of animal goods to the European market- a point currently under negotiation within the DCFTA.

Leancă also met several EPP, Liberal and Green MEPs from the European Parliament.

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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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