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Igor Dodon starts his three days visit to Russia by meeting Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin

The President of Moldova, Igor Dodon, is visiting Russia between 16 and 18 of January, making his first official visit abroad.

On the very first day of his visit, Dodon met the deputy Prime-Minister of Russia Dmitry Rogozin to plan the negotiations and visits for the second day.

President Dodon will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, the president of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko, the Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the president of the Euroasian Economic Commission Tigran Sarkisyan and with the Russian Patriarch Kyryl. Dodon also plans to have informal meetings with his good friends: president of the Gazprom administration council Aleksey Miller, former Economy Minister and head of Sberbank administration council German Gref, and the former chess champion Anatoli Karpov.

Moreover, the Moldovan President will reportedly meet students and professors at the State Institute for International Relations from Moscow, but also the Moldovans working in Russia.

Dodon chose his former fellow Socialists in his team for the meetings and negotiations: former PM and now MP Zinaida Greceanîi; Gagauzia leader Irina Vlah; former Ambassador to Russia, now MP and foreign policy counselor Andrei Neguța; former Reintegration Minister Vasile Șova; and the spokesperson and political counselor Ion Ceban. The delegation is accompanied by the former PM and current Ambassador to Russia, His Excellency Dumitru Braghiș.

Unfortunately or not, Dodon did not include any of the Government Ministers, not even the Economy Minister Octavian Calmâc, in his delegation, although he promised to negotiate issues of economic cooperation.

Dodon and his delegation

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Andrian Candu: Pavel Filip to repeatedly propose the new Government candidatures to President Dodon

“Pavel Filip will repeatedly propose the candidatures without any change and President Dodon will, according to the Constitution, approve them. If he violates the Constitution, there is the Constitutional Court. We will address the Constitutional Court to come up with a solution to unlock this situation,” said Candu.

Yesterday, President Igor Dodon announced that he had rejected the candidatures of the ministers announced by the leader of the Democratic Party, Vladimir Plahotniuc. According to the head of state, most of the proposed candidates have demonstrated “inconsistency, lack of professionalism and regrettable opportunism in previous functions and activities.”

Reminder: On December 19, the leader of the Democratic Party of Moldova (PDM), Vlad Plahotniuc, announced that 7 members of the Government will be replaced in office. Thus, two new prime ministers and a former president of the Constitutional Court will be part of the new governmental gasket.

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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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