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Poll ordered by Democratic Party: Socialists-24,7%, PAS-16,3%, PDM-12,4%, PDA-5%

IMAS published the results of a poll on the political preferences of Moldovans at the request of the Democratic Party of Moldova.

The poll shows that the rating for the government party Democratic Party increased- to 12,4%. Nevertheless, the Socialists’ Party would lead with 24,7% of votes in the Parliamentary elections, Action and Solidarity Party- 16,3%. Close to the 5% threshold are Platform “Dignity and Truth” rated at 6,4% and the Communists’ Party with 5%. 9,4% of respondents declared they wouldn’t vote, while 14,1% didn’t know how to answer.

Source: IMAS Moldova

In a case of a referendum, 60% of Moldovans would vote for Moldova join the European Union. 44% would vote for the Eurasian Economic Union, 32% for union with Romania and only 21% for joining NATO. Between the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union, 56% of  Moldovans prefer the EU.

36% rated the activity of President Igor Dodon with grades from 7 to 10, 33% did so for PAS leader Maia Sandu and PM Pavel Filip, 31% for suspended Chișinău mayor Dorin Chirtoacă.

46% of people have little confidence in the Government led by Pavel Filip, 29% have none or very little confidence, while 19% believe in Filip’s cabinet.

According to the poll, 45% of Moldovans have a bad opinion about the initiative of some NGOs and several parties to start a referendum on switching the electoral system back to a proportional one. 38% have a good opinion about the latter. On the other hand, 63% think to spend the money on this referendum would not be justified.

The poll was conducted during November 27-December 7 with 1101 respondents, with an error rate of 3%.

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Prime Minister Pavel Filip had a meeting with Belarusian President Alexandr Lukashenko

The current state of Moldovan-Belarusian relations and the possibilities for starting new partnerships in areas of mutual interest were discussed today in Minsk during the meeting of Prime Minister Pavel Filip with the President of Belarus, Alexandr Lukashenko.

The joint assembly of tractors and trolleybuses has been highlighted among the areas where there is effective and mutually beneficial cooperation. In the future, buses and trolleybuses will be assembled in Chisinau.

At the same time, officials have shown interest in joint investment projects in the wine, agro-industrial, zootechnical and pharmaceutical sectors. Moldova wants to take over the Belarusian experience in developing livestock complexes, and Belarus is interested in creating a joint venture for bottling Moldovan wine and cognac.

At the end of the meeting, Prime Minister Pavel Filip invited President Alexander Lukashenko to visit Moldova.

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Moldova Constitutional Court greenlights introducing “European integration” as strategic objective in the Constitution

On December 11th, the Constitutional Court of Moldova greenlighted the draft law on modifying the Constitution, introducing the orientation towards “the European democratic values space” and setting the “European Integration” as the strategic objective.

The Court found that the constitutional amendment to Article 1 proposed by 36 Democrat MPs corresponds to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution in the sense that the orientation towards the European democratic space is a definitive element of the constitutional identity of the Republic of Moldova. The Constitutional Court referred to its previous decision nr.24 from 9 October 2014 when it declared that the Association Agreement with the European Union supports the rupture with the totalitarian Soviet space of values and determined the reorientation to the values of European democracy.

The Constitutional initiative also stipulates that the procedure of joining the European Union would be established by organic law by the Parliament.

The draft law can be adopted only 6 months after the announcement of the Constitutional amendment- 12 September 2017.

President Igor Dodon declared that he would do “anything possible” to not allow this Constitutional amendment get passed. Moreover, Dodon claimed the Constitutional Court would serve the interest of the government, whose amendment about the European Integration would violate the political pluralism principle.

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NATO Liaison Office inaugurated in Moldova

On 8 December, the new NATO Liaison Office in Moldova was inaugurated with the presence of the NATO Deputy Secretary-General Rose Gottemoeller, Prime-Minister Pavel Filip, and Foreign Ministry Secretary Daniela Morari.

Before the inauguration, Deputy Secretary-General Gottemoeller and PM Filip conducted a meeting with a focus on the anniversary 25 years of diplomatic relations between Moldova and the NATO, but also on the objectives set by the Individual Partnership Action Plan Moldova-NATO for 2017-2019.

In regard to the role of the office, Filip emphasized that it would help the Government with actions of public diplomacy to explain its dialogue with the Organization. On the other side, Gottemoeller assured that the Alliance respects the neutrality of Moldova and that the Liaison Office has only civilian employees:

NATO fully respects Moldova’s neutrality, independence, and sovereignty, but neutrality does not mean that we cannot be strong partners,” the NATO Deputy Secretary-General said.

In recent years, at the invitation of the Moldovan government, NATO has worked to safely dispose of landmines and hazardous chemicals, to develop advanced medical technologies, to strengthen Moldova’s defenses against cyber-attack, and to improve governance and combat corruption.

President Igor Dodon still thinks that the opening of the NATO Office was made “in a rush” and contradicts the principle of permanent neutrality of Moldova. Moreover, when meeting Secretary Gottemoeller, he suggested NATO signs a bilateral agreement with Moldova on permanently recognizing the neutrality of the latter.

Source: gov.md

The chief officer of the NATO Office in Chișinău, Kristina Baleisyte, is already in Moldova since June 2017.

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