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23 foreign citizens registered files in order to obtain Moldovan citizenship through investments

Until now, one person who has applied to the program has already obtained the passport of the Republic of Moldova, the announcement which was made today at a press conference by the Deputy Director of the Public Service Agency (ASP), Iulia Petuhov, an institution that implements Moldova’s Citizenship Acquisition Program through investments.

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Iulia Petuhova refused to provide information about the countries from which the files were filed, but stated that they wanted to obtain the citizenship in order to benefit from the investment opportunities offered by our country and to develop their business in Moldova.

Please note that the program to obtain citizenship in return for investment was approved in 2018 by the Government. The authorities then said they hoped to attract at least €1,300,000 over the next 5 years.

According to the program, a foreign investor can acquire the citizenship of Moldova if he transfers at least €100,000 or €250,000 in a strategic business area to the Sustainable Development Fund. The program is promoted by an international consortium selected in an open competition. The consortium includes MIC Holding LLC, Henley & Partners Holdings Ltd, Henley & Partners Government Services Ltd, and Henley & Partners International Ltd.

The authorities have promised that Moldova’s citizenship through investments will only be granted to applicants who “meet the best international standards”.

“These Moldovan citizens of the Republic of Moldova will certainly not be EU citizens because they have no reason to invest in a corrupted economy.” – Maia Sandu

Reminder: The law was criticized by the MPs of the ACUM opposition bloc that declared they pose major risks to state security and citizens’ safety. Previously, Maia Sandu said that Moldovan citizens of the Republic of Moldova will certainly not be EU citizens because they have no reason to invest in a corrupted economy.

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BREAKING: The Judges of the Moldovan Constitutional Court have resigned

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Between 7th and 9th of June, the Constitutional Court declared unconstitutional the election of the Moldovan Parliament’s leadership and the vote of the new Government, and later instituted the interim presidential post, after having previously decided that the deadline for voting a new government was June 7, 2019, not June 9, as previously, publicly mentioned.

The decisions coincided with the position of the Democratic Party of Moldova (DPM), which declared the votes in the Parliament as unlawful (votes through which the speaker was elected and the Sandu Government was established), and therefore called for the early elections. However, the “synchronization” between DPM and the CC is not a coincidence. Out of the six judges of the High Court, three of them were former DPM deputies, and two of them were included in the CC in a short time before the parliamentary elections in February. CC decisions have raised more criticism and have been questioned by several experts and officials, including international officials.

Judges of the Constitutional Court have resigned in their bodies. The announcement was made public through a press release published on the Constitutional Court website. Resignation of constitutional judges comes after more than two weeks, experts, politicians, non-governmental organizations and members of civil society, have criticized the latest decisions taken by the Constitutional Court, demanding the resignation of constitutional judges.

Reminder: On June 14, DPM announced that it was withdrawing from the government, and on the second day, Saturday, June 15, the CC decided to revise and cancel the decisions taken between June 7-9, which were favorable to Plahotniuc’s party. Eventually, on 20 June, the President of the Constitutional Court, Mihai Poalelungi, resigned.

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The Russian delegation was readmitted to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

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The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) voted in favor of Russia’s return to this court. The decision was taken five years after the Russian delegation was revoked from the composition of the Parliamentary Assembly because of the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula.

Andrei Nastase, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs, voted for the readmission of the Russian Federation delegation to PACE. Nastase declared that “it was not an easy decision,” but he voted for Russia’s return to PACE in order for this institution to have a positive influence on Russia in human rights and rule of law issues.

Russia has voted 118 votes in favor of Russia’s vote in the Parliamentary Assembly, 62 voted against, and 10 abstained. From the delegation of the Moldovan Parliament to PACE, MPs Andrei Nastase (Dignity and Truth Platform, ‘ACUM’ bloc leader) and Vlad Batrincea (Socialist Party) voted for the return of Russia. However, MP Mihail Popsoi (Action and Solidarity Party) opposed this decision.

In 2014, Russia lost voting rights to PACE after taking over Crimea and supporting military separatists in eastern Ukraine. Russia responded in 2016 by boycotting the Assembly and refused in 2017 to pay its annual contribution of 33 million euros, about 7% of the Council’s budget.

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Moldovan PM Maia Sandu met Russian Deputy PM Dmitry Kozak: A pragmatic dialogue based on the national interest of Moldova

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Yesterday, PM Maia Sandu had a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Kozak, who is on a visit to Chisinau.

Maia Sandu emphasized that there are no incompatibilities between the EU-RM Free Trade Area and the Free Trade Area within the CIS. Moreover, Sandu stressed that the Chisinau government will promote a predictable foreign policy, based on the objective of European integration and the implementation of the Association Agreement with the EU while developing mutually beneficial relations with the Russian Federation.

In the context of talks on the Transnistrian region, Prime Minister Maia Sandu drew the attention of interlocutors on the need to halt the illegal trade patterns that harm all the neighboring countries, but also on the need to ensure transparency and predictability in the supply of the natural gas region.

Reminder: Yesterday, after a meeting with President Igor Dodon, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Kozak said that Vlad Plahotniuc is responsible for freezing the bilateral relations between Moldova and Russia.

“Our position is that the Republic of Moldova was captured by a murderer… We are happy that this criminal, who has captured the Republic of Moldova in recent years, has left the country,” Dmitry Kozak said.

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