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Highlights of PM Pavel Filip’s official visit to Minsk

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Meeting with Johannes Hahn

Today, Prime Minister Pavel Filip met with Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Negotiations for Enlargement. The meeting took place in Minsk, in the margins of the meeting of the Basic Group of the Munich Security Conference.

During the meeting, the two have discussed the implementation of the reforms in the Republic of Moldova in the context of the recommendations proposed by the EU and the commitments undertaken by our country within its European path.

According to a government communiqué, the prime minister stressed the importance of continuing dialogue with EU partners and high-level communication, stressing that the Chisinau authorities remain committed to meeting the European agenda.

“We will continue reforms in the judiciary, economy, but also in the financial and banking sector,” said Pavel Filip.

In the context of the upcoming parliamentary elections, Pavel Filip mentioned that the Chisinau authorities “will do everything they need to be free and fair”, stressing that the election will be monitored by a team of international observers.

Meeting with Wolfgang Büchelea

During the meeting of PM Filip with the chairman of the German Economic Committee, Wolfgang Büchelea, it was announced that a group of German businessmen investors will visit Moldova next spring.

The prime minister appreciated the presence of German investors in the Moldovan economy – at present, over 400 German-owned enterprises are registered in our country, with investments worth almost 700 million lei in the shared capital.

Among the largest German companies are Südzucker and Dräxlmaier.

“We believe that German investors can benefit from the knowledge already accumulated by the Moldovan labor force in these sectors,” said Pavel Filip.

At the same time, the prime minister invited Wolfgang Büchele to attend Moldova Business Week, which will be held in Chisinau in November this year.

Meeting with the Belarusian Prime Minister, Sergey Rumas

Prime Minister Pavel Filip and his Belarusian counterpart Sergei Rumas reviewed the main joint projects, progress, and sectors, where further efforts are needed.

The parties have agreed to continue the assembly of trolleybuses in Chisinau, as well as the launching of electric buses.

Another field of mutual interest is pharmaceutical. Currently, several Belarusian medicine products are registered in the Republic of Moldova, which are of high quality and at an affordable price.

At the end of the meeting, the Agreement on cooperation in the field of education was signed between the two Governments, which includes the awarding of scholarships to Moldovan students, as well as the cooperation in the field of primary, university and research education.

Reminder: Between October 30 and November 1, Prime Minister Pavel Filip is on a work visit in the Republic of Belarus on the occasion of attending the meeting of the Basic Group of the Munich Security Conference.

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Maia Sandu urges Tiraspol to lift the travel ban for officials of the Republic of Moldova

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Prime Minister Maia Sandu had a meeting with representatives of the mediators and observers in the “3+2” negotiation format. The discussions focused on the evaluation of the current stage of the Transnistrian settlement process.

Maia Sandu requested assistance from the “3+2” representatives in determining the Transnistrian party to eliminate in the near future the ban on traveling to the left bank for all citizens of the Republic of Moldova.

According to a government communiqué, the prime minister stressed that the “5+2” negotiation format for the Transnistrian settlement should become a platform to help fight corruption and smuggling.

“We have also discussed this in Kiev and I am glad that we have the same position in relation to this issue. The fight against corruption and smuggling in the Transnistrian region must be a priority. We will ensure that both state institutions and government officials will no longer be involved in corruption and smuggling schemes with Tiraspol, as it had happened in the past. As long as the Transnistrian region will be a major source of illegal enrichment for some people, there will be no real progress in identifying a political solution.”

In this context, Maia Sandu mentioned the need to prolong the EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM).

The head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, Claus Neukirch, reiterated that securing the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova, with a special status for the Transnistrian region, is the key factor in the mission’s work, but also the main goal of the “5+2” format.

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Financial support provided by USAID will be increased by $29 Million

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Yesterday, Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, and the Deputy of the USAID for Europe and Eurasia Bureau, Brock Bierman, signed two letters confirming the intention to increase the contribution to the development assistance agreement with the value of 29 million US dollars.

According to Maia Sandu, the money offered by the American people will be used for good governance, tourism, information technology, and media projects.

“Support from the US over the years has been important for strengthening democratic institutions and processes in Moldova. US support has been and is important for building the rule of law for reforming justice, building a state to represent and defend Moldovan citizens. This financial support will be used as efficiently, transparently and correctly as possible, especially in the interests of all citizens,” said Maia Sandu.

The expected funding for democratic governance will facilitate the creation of functional institutions and involve citizens in decision-making, promote the efficiency and transparency of local governments, improve access to municipal services, and promote decentralization and judicial reforms. Other key areas are creating favorable conditions for civil society organizations and the media.

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PM Maia Sandu and MOIA Andrei Nastase resigned as MPs

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In the context of the past one month since the new government was inaugurated, Maia Sandu gave up her MP mandate in favor of the PM of Moldova. Thus, according to the law, in the diaspora constituency where Maia Sandu was elected, new parliamentary elections should be held.

“What I have hired for the citizens of the constituency 33 will try to do for the benefit of all the citizens of this country, as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs,” Andrei Năstase mentioned.

“Unfortunately, because of the poorly thought-out and poorly implemented system of Democratic Party of Moldova, the Parliament will have, for a few months, fewer than 101 deputies as required by the Constitution. And that is because of their total lack of responsibility, but also because Plahotniuc’s sick will to power,” declared Maia Sandu.

Reminder: Not only the leaders of the bloc ‘ACUM’ Maia Sandu and Andrei Nastase have renounced their mandate, but also the Minister of Education, Culture and Research, Liliana Nicolaescu-Onofrei.

In the 50th and 33rd districts, where Maia Sandu and Andrei Năstase were elected, elections are to be held.

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