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This is what opposition party leaders Maia Sandu and Andrei Nastase discussed with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel



Heads of parties Platform of Dignity and Truth (DA) and Action and Solidarity (PAS) Andrei Năstase and Maia Sandu met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the Helsinki European People’s Party Congress.

The PAS leader writes that she thanked Merkel for the uncompromising position of the European structures in relation to the abuse of power in Chisinau.

“We discussed the risk of getting the results of the upcoming elections be falsified. Mrs. Merkel expressed her regret that Moldova came to such a dramatic political situation. She expressed her concern about the authorities’ harassment to the media, the opposition and civil society. She appreciated the ability of citizens to resist as well as the unity of pro-democratic and pro-European forces in an unequal struggle with the regime,” writes Sandu.

“We are in deep concern about the anti-democratic actions of the Chisinau authorities related to the refusal to recognize the mandate of the elected mayor of Chisinau and possible falsification of the upcoming parliamentary elections,” commented Andrei Năstase, on his Facebook page.

The day before, Nastase and Sandu met with the European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Johannes Hahn, in Helsinki.

The European People’s Party (EPP) is a center-right all-European political party, one of the largest in Europe, represented in all political institutions of the EU and in the Council of Europe. The party includes 73 collective members, national parties from 39 countries. The EPP also includes 16 EU Heads of Government and six non-EU Heads of Government. The faction of the EPP is the largest in the European Parliament.


The activists of the political bloc ACUM organised protests in front of the Parliament



Today, March 21st the first session of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova took place. One hour and a half before the session, the  members and activists of the political bloc ACUM organised a protest in front of the Legislative building.

The protests “for the defence of justice and democracy” were initiated after 2 activists of the Dignity and Truth Platform Party (DTPP) were sentenced to jail.

The former employee of the National Post Service, Sergiu Cebotari, made an in-court testimony regarding the schemes from 2016 of trafficking anabolic steroids. He was sentenced to eight years in prison in a semi-open regime penitentiary and paying damages of 299 thousand lei, in a criminal case for embezzling foreign property and using forced labour.

The former border policeman, DTPP activist and parliamentary candidate on the national list of ACUM, Gheorghe Petic, was sentenced to three years and six months in a semi-opened regime prison and a fine of 30,000 lei in a criminal case for rape and domestic violence.

Both accused didn’t confess and claimed that the cases were politically charged.

“Such sentences represent the end of justice and democracy in the Republic of Moldova. It is a very clear message from the Plahotniuc-Dodon regime to the whole society – the games of democracy are over, anyone who opposes the oligarchic power will encounter the same situation. The use of tear gas against the supporters of the political prisoner Gheorghe Petic in front of the Orhei Court yesterday is the most powerful evidence in this matter,” the organizators of the protest said.

Yesterday, after Petic was sentenced by the Orhei Court, the police used tear gas against the supports that came to protest in front of the Court building.

A government shouldn’t fight against its citizens. Its main role is to help people, to give them hope for the future. Moldova is not a regular state. Starting from today, will continue to fight on the street and in the parliament, “said the member of the Parliament and the member of the political bloc ACUM, Dumitru Alaiba.

The Occupy Guguţă movement was present at the protest, expressing their views in a creative way. They rubbed onion on a greater, crying on cue.  In such a way, they referred to yesterday’s police officers who launched tear gas in the direction of peaceful protesters.

Source: TV8

“I have never felt more inconvenient than today, knowing that in a few minutes I will get in a captured institution,” declared Andrei Năstase, the leader of the DTPP and the member of the Parliament.

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Amnesty International Moldova asks prosecutors to investigate police behavior at protest in Orhei



On Wednesday, a group of supporters of Andrei Nastase’s Dignity and Truth Platform along with its activist Gheorghe Petic were hit with tear gas during a demonstration in front of the Orhei Court’s headquarters where the sentence was pronounced.

The incident occurred after the sentence was pronounced while Gheorghe Petic was to be transported by the police forces.

According to Unimedia, six people have arrived at the hospital, where they have been diagnosed with chemical burning of the eyes.

Momentul în care oamenii legii au pulverizat spre mulțime gaze lacrimogene

/STOP CADRU/ Momentul în care oamenii legii au pulverizat spre mulțime gaze lacrimogene la Judecătoria Orhei, unde a fost condamnat Petic

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After the incident, Amnesty International Moldova issued a press release requesting the General Prosecutor’s Office and the General Police Inspectorate to carry out a prompt and objective investigation into “the alleged policemen, during today’s protests in front of the Orhei Court”.

The organization reminded the state authorities of the legislative provisions restricting the use of special means, which can only be used in exceptional conditions.

In addition, those from Amnesty International Moldova referred to Article 40 of the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova, which guarantees every citizen the right to assembly and the fundamental freedom of expression in peaceful protests.

The National Police, however, declared that the tear gas was used by a staff member of the National Patrolled Inspectorate that was “hurt” by one of the protesters. A press release states that the policeman has applied special methods “to resist aggression and to allow safe traffic”.

Reminder: The pressure applied by the Moldovan Government led by the Democratic Party continues to manifest itself hashly on the opposition. The parliamentary candidate on the national list of the “ACUM” bloc, Gheorghe Petic was convicted for rape – three years and six months in jail, serving the sentence in a semi-closed penitentiary, and a fine of 30,000 lei for home violence. The accused does not acknowledge his guilt and claims that his file has been politically produced

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The Moldovan fruit farmers’ paradox – anybody can produce but only few chosen can sell



The Republic of Moldova is an agrarian country. The most important agricultural activities in Moldova – the production of walnuts, grapes and some other fruits is, though, squeezed between the political interests and the weak regulations regarding export monopolies establishment and preference of imported products on the internal market. The small Moldovan farms remain outside the big business, being marginalized, misinformed and discriminated when it comes to selling their products inside or outside the Republic of Moldova.

The official data

During a press release of the National Office of Vine and Wine in Moldova, it was communicated that the 2017-2018 season recorded the earliest grapes harvest in the last 40 years. At the same time, the grapes production was 15% higher compared to the average of the last 8 years. According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), in the period January-June 2018, the grape exports from the Republic of Moldova increased by 32.1% compared to the same period of 2017. Moldova exported grapes to Romania – 51.9% of the total export, the Russian Federation – 35% and Belarus – 3.7%.

The National Agency for Food Safety (NAFS) announced a raise in 2018 of  the production and export of Moldovan fruits such as apples, plums, peaches, apricots and cherries.  According to the provided data, 70.6 thousand tons of apples from 2018 year’s harvest were exported, that being three times more than in the same period of 2017. A significant increase was also recorded in the export of plums – 31 thousand tons of plums have reached the foreign markets. The NAFS talked about the export of fruits to the usual for Moldova international markets, such as the Russian market, and discovering new markets such as Iraq and Bangladesh.

The European Business Association reported a quantity of 10 thousand tons of walnuts, exported by 30 companies entitled to do the exports to France Germany or Austria. There are 29,000 hectares of walnut trees in the Republic of Moldova. In 2017, the walnuts production was 18.7 thousand tons. The main countries where the Moldovan walnuts are exported are the EU countries, Ukraine, Turkey and Russia.

Behind the curtain

Several journalistic investigations performed by few independent media institutions from Moldova, such as Ziarul de Gardă and Jurnal TV, have uncovered the ties between certain family members of the former Prime Minister of Moldova – Pavel Filip, and several companies that have an important role on the walnuts and dried fruits markets. The investigations were launched after the allegations of existing a personal interest of the former Prime Minister in maintaining a monopolistic situation on the walnuts market. While checking  the reason of a dramatic decrease of walnuts selling price on the market, the journalists have found a scheme of collecting and centralizing of walnut production by few collector firms that transported them afterwards to “Monicol” SRL – a company owned by father of the Filip’s daughter-in-law. The company has a market share of about 20% and the government’s protection in their activity. The allegations were denied by Pavel Filip, but no financial information regarding the company’s activity was made public.

Svetlana Lungu, the Head of Plant Protection and Health Directorate of NAFS, explained that the process of obtaining the necessary papers for exporting walnuts is not so hard. “In the EU, the requirements are minimal. Namely, it is necessary to obtain the phytosanitary certificate for the export of products of plant origin. The registration of the exporter and the producer is required by NAFS, as well as owning or renting a storage space by the exporter and signing a contract with the producer,” declared Lungu. Therefore, as long as the process is standardized, why the Moldovan walnuts are officially exported by only 30 companies and a monopoly is established on the market unofficially? Maybe because there are some political and personal interests of ‘filtering’ the companies authorized to export.

Walnuts exporting is a profitable business in Moldova. According to TV8, one kilogram of Moldovan walnuts costs 23.94 euro on the Belgian store shelves (about 462 lei). In Moldova, one kilogram of walnuts could reach 150/200 lei on the market, but from producers it is bought for 60/80 lei per kilogram.

The situation for the grapes and fruits producers is not much better. Few weeks ago, a campaign was initiated by a grapes’ producer, Diana Crudu, that advised people not to buy flowers for the International Women’s Day, but a box of grapes or apples.

“There are over 7 thousand tons of grapes in the  Moldovan warehouses. If they are not sold in the next two or three weeks, these grapes will have to be thrown away. The wine factories do not have the capacity to process and storage such a large quantity of grapes. This is the most dramatic situation faced by table grape manufacturers in the last 15 years,” said Diana in an interview for RFE/RL.

The producers are forced to sell the grapes on the local market for 3 to 6 lei per kilogram. At the same time, consumers are offered the possibility to buy imported grapes for 80 lei per kilogram in the Moldovan supermarkets.

The Ministry of Agriculture representative, Iurie Mudrea, declared that no compensation for unsold products can be provided. “The business always involves risk. Calculate, my dear, solve the problem, think about it at the beginning of year, put some efforts. Even Russia no longer accepts low quality, we need high quality for all products. Here we have to start: big volumes, high level of quality and a lot of effort,” declared Mudrea for TV8.

The Ministry of Agriculture claimed that apples could be purchased directly from producers and distributed free of charge in schools. At the same time, the “qualitative and nicely packed” apples could be sold in the country’s retail shops, and the fruit quality monitoring infrastructure could be developed. A lot of things could be done. But will they?

The real solution came from Moldovan people. An event organized by the Klumea Association encouraged Moldovan people to become  solidary with the grapes’ producers and come on Sunday, February 24th, at a bazaar in the city centre of Chisinau to buy a box of domestic grapes, with only 5 lei per kilogram.  The initiative has a suggestive name: ‘Take Moldova home’.

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