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IRI poll: 49% of Moldovans support joining EU, Igor Dodon’s approval rating at 48%

The International Republican Institute published the results of the latest Public Opinion Survey of Residents of Moldova. The survey touches upon topics like the pace of change in Moldova, public satisfaction with government and presidency, political preferences, foreign policy choices and media choices.

According to Stephen Nix, IRI Regional Director for Eurasia, the dramatic increase in the number of Moldovans who feel the country is headed in the wrong direction indicates that the optimism that followed the November 2016 presidential election has soured. Nix believes that the high dissatisfaction is related to the unstable economy and the rampant corruption- issues that need to be addressed by the government.

Nix sees the high support for EU membership among young Moldovans as a signal that citizens increasingly favor a more European-oriented approach to the economy.


The pace of change in Moldova does not satisfy Moldovans:


Low income/pensions, Unemployment, and Corruption remain to be the most important problems for Moldovans:


Few Moldovans think the economic situation improved in Moldova:


But some are a bit more hopeful about the future of the economy:


Causes of corruption are diverse in the opinion of Moldovans:


And contrary to the previous opinion polls, Moldovans now find more corruption within the high-profile institutions like the Parliament and less related to the regular public servants:


Few Moldovans are satisfied with the way democracy is developing in Moldova:


But at the same time, 54% (+21% to a certain extent) chose to prioritize economic prosperity over the democracy in Moldova:


More Moldovans support or favor the introduction of the mixed electoral system:


Moldovans also believe that the majority of them are afraid to speak up and express their political views:


The Moldovan Orthodox Church stays as the institution with the best image, but it is challenged by the Romanian Orthodox Church:


83% of Moldovans do not want to donate to the political party they support:


Most of the people are dissatisfied with the actions of the Parliamentary majority led by the Democratic Party:


Igor Dodon stays as the most trusted politician in Moldova, while Maia Sandu has only 15% of trust. 38% say they don’t trust anyone:


The popularity of President Dodon’s actions is also contestable:

Most Moldovans disapprove the Democrat Government led by Pavel Filip, although a big part somewhat approves it:


In case of Parliamentary elections, 34% of people would vote for the Socialists’ Party, 23% for the Action and Solidarity Party and 9% for the Democratic Party led by the oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc.


The popularity of the EU membership increased to a three-year high:


Most of the EU supporters are young:


Support for joining NATO remains low among Moldovans:


More Moldovans believe Transnistria should be an ordinary region of Moldova without any autonomous status:


The survey was coordinated by Dr. Rasa Alisauskiene from Baltic Surveys/The Gallup Organization on behalf of the Center for Insights in Survey Research. The fieldwork was carried out by Magenta Consulting. The survey was conducted throughout Moldova (with the exception of Transnistria) from September 23 to October 17, 2017, through face-to-face interviews in respondents’ homes. The sample consisted of 1,514 permanent residents of Moldova aged 18 and older and eligible to vote and is representative of the general population by age, gender, education, region, and settlement size. The response rate was 65 percent. The survey was funded by the United States Agency for International Development.

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MP leaves Democratic Party, Moldova Parliament for “New Gagauzia” group

27 April 2018- The Member of the Moldovan Parliament, Nikolay Dudoglo, announced about his withdrawal from the Democratic Party (PDM) and the withdrawal of his MP mandate.

Dudoglo was reportedly asked by the Democratic leadership to choose between his membership in the party and his participation in a new regional political movement “Eni Gagauzia” (New Gagauzia). In a press release of the organization, the Gagauz MP and former Comrat mayor stated that he chose to lead New Gagauzia because “it is time to make Gagauzia a strong region”.

Dudoglo confessed that despite having a fruitful work with PDM members, he abstained from voting for projects that did not coincide with his vision on Gagauzia. His recent activity within New Gagauzia posed a problem for the Democrats:

“The leadership of PDM believes that some of my actions, that I undertook from Gagauzia’s perspective, violate the principles of the party and the European vector of the development of the State”, said the MP.

Dudoglo underlined that he would remain politically active as a “leader” of his people:

“I stay with the conviction that we need to act the way our people want. I am sure that I can fulfill serious tasks, which are put before us by life, being an independent leader of my people (literal meaning nation–“, concluded Dudoglo, expressing his hope for understanding and support.

New Gagauzia reportedly joined the Democratic Party of Moldova in 2012.

Gagauzia was established in 1994 as an autonomy for around 150 000 Gagauz (Turkish origin) people in the south of the Republic of Moldova. Gagauzia’s leadership is composed of the directly elected bashkan, now Irina Vlah, and the People’s Assembly.

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Silvia Radu resigns from position of Chișinău interim mayor to participate in elections

25 April 2018- Silvia Radu announced that she would resign from the position of interim mayor of Chișinău. The decision was made after she was registered as an independent candidate in the mayoral elections from May 20th.

“I am leaving the leadership of the City Council to win the elections. I want the changes in this city to go on, to have a European city. I wish that all projects initiated by me continued. They are projects that the city needs”said Radu, mentioning that she would finance her campaign from her family’s money.

The responsibilities of interim mayor would thus go to the vice-mayor, Ruslan Codreanu.

So far, 12 candidates registered for the mayoral race in Chișinău. The elections were announced early because of the resignation of Dorin Chirtoacă, investigated in a corruption case.

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Ukraine-Moldova joint border control agreement promulgated by Poroshenko, new transport agreement is signed

12 April 2018- The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, promulgated the law on the Agreement on the joint border control in the joint checkpoints of the Moldo-Ukrainian frontier. The promulgation was made in the presence of the Moldovan Prime-Minister Pavel Filip.

The Agreement was previously ratified by the Ukrainian Rada on 1 March 2018, while the first joint control began at the Cuciurgan-Pervomaisk checkpoint, within the Transnistrian segment of the frontier.

According to an official press-release, Filip and Poroshenko set as priorities for the following period the opening of the bridge between Unguri and Boronița, and the activation of the process of demarcation of the Moldo-Ukrainian border.

According to Kyiv Post, the Moldovan PM and the Ukrainian President talked about the negotiation process on the signing of an intergovernmental agreement on the functioning of the Dniester integrated hydroelectric complex, but also about the Transnistrian settlement and the Moldovan help to Ukrainian children from Donbas.

On the same day, PM Filip assisted with his Ukrainian homolog, Volodymyr Groysman, at the ceremony of the signing of the protocol on modifying the Agreement between Moldova and Ukraine on the international automobile communications. The move aimed at liberalizing the international goods and passengers transportation between the countries comes at a time of increased trade links (reported 13% increase in 2017). Thus, the automobiles traveling between Moldova and Ukraine (complying with EURO 3 standards) will be not required international authorizations.

The Protocol decision on a 1993 Agreement aims at liberalizing the air transport system by developing the air links, facilitating the activity of airlines, creating conditions for companies that will work between the two countries, writes

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