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The Party of Socialists sees no other solution than snap elections

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The Party of Socialist of the Republic of Moldova (PSRM) convened the meeting of the Political Executive Committee of the party to discuss the post-election political situation and the actions to be taken by the party. In a press release published on the PSRM official website, it is reiterated that “the party intends to prioritize precisely the agenda of the next government: what is to be done for people in the social and economic field, which actions are necessary for the fight against corruption, what must be done to consolidate the state institutions and only after this – the structure and form of government, which are also very important.”

The Socialists declared that if a solution can not be found for the formation of the new government, there will be snap elections. “If no progress is registered on this topic in the nearest future, the PSRM sees no other solution than organizing and conducting snap parliamentary elections,” the PSRM press release stated. Next week, there will be a meeting of the PSRM Republican Council, during which the future actions of the party will be discussed and approved.

At the same time, the political bloc ACUM noted that the budget for 2019 is unrealistic. In the absence of a responsible and credible government in the eyes of the development partners, a government able to restore external funding, there is a risk that in the second half of the year, important expenses, including payments to the population, will not be made. The political bloc ACUM representatives claimed that when the budget was drawn up, the revenues were overestimated by about 2.5 billion lei. Moreover, a large part of the budget deficit of 5.6 billion lei should have been covered by external assistance, which remains suspended.

“If the current financing problems are not solved, the government will have to apply budgetary correction measures of about 7.5 billion lei through collecting additional taxes and fees or by cutting expenses,” said the members of ACUM.

The political bloc ACUM considers that in the long run, the sustainable growth of budget revenues and expenditures can only be achieved through consistent reforms of the fight against corruption, improving the business environment and restoring investor confidence in the Republic of Moldova, as well as through de-bureaucratization and improving tax administration, investing in human capital and increasing the efficiency of public spending. “The bloc ACUM is the only political force that has the capacity, the freedom and the courage to carry out these reforms,” is mentioned in the ACUM press release.

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Parliament asks prosecutors to indict Moldova’s ex-PM, central bank governor, and 2 ex-ministers for negligence over 2014 frauds

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The Parliamentary committee on the investigation of the circumstances around the devaluation of the baking system requested the Moldovan prosecutors to initiate penal cases against the former PM Iurie Leancă, central bank ex-governor Dorin Drăguțanu, former Parliament speaker and economy minister Andrian Candu, as well as the ex-minister of finances, Anatol Arapu.

The committee found that the above-mentioned officials can be charged with negligence at work (329th article of the Penal Code).

Acording to committee head Alexandru Slusari, the three banks involved in the 2014 frauds did not have any special state management and siffoned millions out of Moldova’s banking system, even after the Government covered the 9,5 billion lei of emergency loans given by the National Bank to these banks.

“Thus, the leadership of the Government and the National Bank acted during that period with negligence, to say the least, without imposing state control over BEM, Unibank and Banca Sociala immediately after the issuance of the state warranties. We would like to remind that the warranties were eventually transformed into state debt with a 5% interest rate on the shoulder of citizens”, Slusari declared.

Concidence or not, former PM Iurie Leancă was stopped on 1 August by the border police from crossing Moldova’s borders after attempting to physically transfer 50 thousand euros to Romania. Leancă claims that the money is mentioned in his property declaration.

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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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