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The series of invitations and excuses for holding no discussion between ACUM and the PSRM continues

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After declaring previously that no official invitation was received from the political bloc ACUM as a response to last ACUM invitation on Facebook, the Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova(PSRM) took the lead again by officially inviting ACUM to discuss the formation of the parliamentary majority and the establishment of a new functional government. According to the declarations of Ion Ceban made during a press conference today, the socialists appointed a meeting with the members of ACUM bloc on Thursday, 11 April, 11 am, in the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova.

The political bloc ACUM commented the PSRM invitation by highlighting the importance of discussions on the legislative initiatives regarding the de-oligarchization of the state and declaring that no ruling coalition with the PSRM is needed. “These discussions with the PSRM faction are possible on the transparent parliamentary platform, and there is a strong public commitment from the PSRM to dismantle the current mafia regime,” mentioned the ACUM representatives, according to TV8.

At the same time, ACUM repeatedly demanded the resumption of the Parliament’s sitting and the return to the legal and constitutional framework by sending an official note to Eduard Smirnov, the PSRM member “who has been authorized to chair the deliberate interruption of Parliament’s sitting, for an indefinite period.”

Igor Dodon claimed that if no law is adopted in the newly-formed Legislature by mid-June, and the Parliament speaker is not elected, then at the end of the three months period he will be able to dissolve the Parliament. “I can not say that everything is lost, but I think that the probability of snap elections is not less than 60%. This is based on statements made by political parties so far,” the head of state said.

On the other hand, one of the leaders of ACUM bloc, Andrei Năstase, declared in a Facebook post that the Socialists deliberately launched such negotiating conditions, which can’t be accepted even by the Democrats . “Dodon will provoke snap elections based on the mixed voting system with the support of the Democrats …,” Năstase said.

The political experts consider that no coalition between the PSRM and ACUM is possible anymore and that they do not meet because they do not want it and both invent different pretexts not to do so.

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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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