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Cristina Balan, the Moldovan ambassador to the US and former DPM vice-president, is ignoring new MFA’s recall for consultations in Chisinau

Moldovan Ambassador to the US Cristina Balan ignored the order of the new Moldovan Foreign Minister in the Government of Maia Sandu, Nicu Popescu, in which she was asked to present herself no later than today, June 14, 2019, at 3 pm, for consultations in Chisinau.

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According to Nicu Popescu, this confirmed that Cristina Balan chose to execute the diplomacy of Plahotniuc’s Democratic Party, instead of the state’s diplomacy.

“I reiterated to the US authorities that from now on, all the steps taken by Balan are made on her own account, and do not reflect in any way the position of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova”, claims Nicu Popescu.

He mentioned that he has decided to submit to the Government of the Republic of Moldova the proposal to dismiss Mrs. Cristina Balan from the position of ambassador of the Republic of Moldova to the United States of America.

Cristina Balan is the former vice-president of PDM, where she was responsible for the DPM’s foreign affairs management. Oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc was elected to this position on May 8, 2018.

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All you need to know about the local elections held in Moldova on October 20th

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898 mayors, 10 472 local councillors, as well as 1108 district and municipal councillors run in the local elections held in all administrative-territorial units (municipalities, district, cities and villages), except for the localities on the left bank of the Dniester and the municipality of Bender on October 20th.

According to the data provided by the electoral authorities (Central Electoral Commission), there are 3 285 894 people in the State Register of Voters, out of whom 2 818 228 are voting citizens. The voter turnout was 41.68% at the national level, therefore the local elections were validated.

Local elections’ results

In the first round, 518 mayors were elected in Moldovan localities: 191 mayors from the Democratic Party, 124 represent the Socialist Party, while the political bloc ACUM has 82 mayors. The Liberal Democrat Party has 26 mayors, the “Șor” Political Party -13, while “Our Party” is represented by 10 mayors. 4 elected mayors are from the Communist Party, 2 represent the Party of National Unity, whereas the Romanian Popular Party and the Liberal Party are represented by one mayor each. At the same time, 64 elected mayors were running as independent candidates.

Such big cities as Bălți (Renato Usatîi, the candidate of “Our Party”), Cahul (the independent candidate Nicolae Dandiș) and Orhei (the candidate of “Șor” Political Party Pavel Verejan) already elected their mayors.

As mayors shall be elected with 50% plus one vote, some of the candidates didn’t manage to cross the threshold. Therefore, the second round of elections will be organised in 380 localities (including in Chișinău) on November 3rd.

The candidate of the Socialist Party Ion Ceban, who has accumulated 40.19% of the votes, and the candidate of ACUM Andrei Năstase, who was elected by 31.08% of voters will be running in the second round.

It is interesting to note that the elections results in Chișinău follow the same pattern as in June last year, when the same two candidates run for mayor of the capital city, obtaining almost the same results in the first round.

More about the local elections’ results here.

Snap parliamentary elections’ results

In parallel with local elections, snap parliamentary elections were held for 4 single-seat constituencies, after Andrei Năstase, Maia Sandu, Viorel Melnic and Vladimir Plahotniuc gave up their parliamentary mandates.

After processing all minutes, it was established that the mandates were distributed as follows: one to the Democratic Party, one to the Socialist Party, and two to the political bloc ACUM, according to the preliminary data presented by the Central Election Commission (CEC).

Observation Missions

The Promo-LEX Observation Mission for the general local and new parliamentary elections found 743 incidents reported by its observers, including cases of observers’ intimidation, cases of presence of advertising materials, posters, electoral displays within the precinct (100 meters from the polling station), cases of electoral/ negative campaigning to influence the choice of voters, cases of rumours, attempts or even cases of material or monetary rewards offered to voters to influence their choice, cases of organised transportation of voters, cases of unjustified presence of unauthorised persons in the polling stations or within 100m of it, cases of acts of violence or intimidation of voters, cases of unjustified group voting, as well as cases of photographing of the ballot papers or other violations of the secret of voting, etc.

As compared to the parliamentary elections of February 2019, when the members of the Promo-LEX Observation Mission reported 1020 incidents, the current number of reported incidents was lower.

At the invitation of the Moldovan authorities, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe delegated 11 teams of 24 observers to observe the local elections around 180 polling stations across the country.

“Generally, the elections were organised by well-prepared committees, the voting was conducted in an orderly manner and the counting was done in a professional manner,” declared Vladimir Prebilic, the Head of the Congress delegation, at a press conference, reported the official Council of Europe page.

The budget

The Central Election Commission has planned a budget of 84 million lei for the first round of local elections. The second round could cost almost 27 million lei, according to the CEC Decision no. 1874 of November 14th, 2018 regarding the approval of the budget of the Central Election Commission for 2019.

More about the elections’ process and candidates here.

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The report of the Bank Fraud Investigation Commission: “The looting process was coordinated with politicians and state officials.”

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On October 17th, the report on elucidating all circumstances of the banking system looting and investigation of the banking fraud was presented by the Bank Fraud Investigation Commission in the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova.

Alexandru Slusari, the head of Commission declared, during the presentation of the report, that the amount looted from the banking system that appears in the Kroll report is between 900 million and 1 billion dollars. “However, taking into account the information provided by the National Bank of Moldova and the Prosecutor’s Office, there are suspicions that the amount of damage was much larger,” said Slusari.

The head of Commission stated also that, according to the conclusions of the report, the final beneficiaries of the bank robbery were Vladimir Plahotniuc (former chairman of the Democratic Party of Moldova), Ilan Șor (businessman and former Mayor of Orhei) and Vladimir Filat (former Prime Minister of Moldova), as well as some of their trusted people. Also, the National Commission for Financial Markets and the National Bank were involved in the plan regarding the attack against the Savings Bank of Moldova, leaded by Vladimir Plahotniuc and Veaceslav Platon.

As Slusari stated, the General Prosecutor’s Office sabotaged the investigation of the banking system looting between 2015-2019. “In many cases the investigation was deliberately delayed or used selectively for political purposes,” said Alexandru Slusari.

As consequences of the bank fraud, the national currency depreciated by 42.2%, thus triggering a currency crisis between November 2014 and February 2015, while the annual inflation in 2015 constituted 10.2%, double as compared to 2014. Moreover, the report shows that bank fraud led to the degradation of democratic standards and aggravated corruption in the Republic of Moldova.

The commission, therefore, recommended to the Parliament to establish the circumstances that would allow the current deputy governors of the National Bank of Moldova (NBM), Ion Sturzu and Aurel Cincilei, to be dismissed. Also, it advised the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office to criminally investigate some of the former state officials – Iurie Leancă (former Prime Minister), Dorin Drăguțanu (former Head of the NBM), Andrian Candu (former President of the Parliament), Anatol Arapu (former Minister of Finance) and Emma Tăbârță (former deputy governor of the NBM).

“These persons allowed granting of state guarantees to the involved banks without the immediate introduction of special state administration regime, which had serious consequences for the banking system, as huge amounts of money were withdrawn between November 7-27, 2014.”

At the same time, the Government and the NBM were addressed to examine the publication of all materials related to the looting of the banking system and to initiate agreements with all offshore areas on the exchange of tax information.

The Prosecutor General’s Office was advised to investigate the reasons for the stagnation of the investigation initiated by the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office on the banking system looting, as well as to cooperate with international special services to recover the stolen funds. Additionally, an audit on the legality of the allocation of financial resources granted as emergency loans should be conducted by the Ministry of Finance.

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EU4Moldova.md – the platform of EU-funded technical assistance projects in Moldova was launched

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The Delegation of the European Union to Moldova has launched a new platform – EU4Moldova.md, which displays information about the projects realised and funded by the EU in the Republic of Moldova in various sectors, such as DCFTA (Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area), Agriculture, Economy and Business, Energy, Transport and Infrastructure, Environment and Sustainable Development, Justice and Police, PA (Public Administration), Culture, Science and Education, Health Care, Civil Society and Human Rights, as well as Cross Border Cooperation.

On October 15th, the presentation of the platform took place. The head of the EU Delegation, Peter Michalko, mentioned that during the entire period of cooperation, over 1 000 projects were carried out in Moldova, which had a direct impact on about 500 000 citizens and, indirectly, almost on the entire population of the country, reported INFOTAG News Agency.

“There have been projects in the field of economy, small and medium-sized enterprises, which have created about 15 000 jobs. We provided significant assistance to businesses, local public organisations, and offered young people opportunities to establish contacts and relationships with their European peers,” said Michalko.

The head of the EU delegation noted that the platform is a representation of the fact that the EU support encompasses all localities and all citizens of the republic.

“We provided assistance to the consolidation of state institutions. At the same time, the field of justice is important, […] so that citizens can live in a country where fair justice, equality before the law, fight against corruption and money laundering are priorities.”

At the same time, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Nicu Popescu, considers that Moldova must set its strategic objective to move from the consumption of external financial assistance to its granting. As Nicu Popescu stated, it is necessary to increase budget revenues through implementation of the budget reforms, corruption fight and investment attraction. The budget surplus must be directed towards the self-development of social and economic infrastructure, afterwards to support of other countries.

“We, as a society, must not end up in the situation when we ask for help. Our partners in foreign capitals kindly offer their help. But I do not feel comfortable in such a situation and we, as a society, must not perceive the fact that we always ask for help as a normal situation. Our task is to use external assistance, but also to ask ourselves the question: how can we help achieve EU priorities?” he said.

Source: eu4moldova.md

According to EU4Moldova.md, Moldova is the largest recipient of EU aid per capita in the European Neighbourhood, receiving more than 600 million euros from the EU funds. The largest amounts were directed to the Transport and Infrastructure, Justice and Police, and Energy sectors.

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