Moldovan acting PM says press freedom guarantee of democratic, free society

Guvernul Republicii Moldova, 4 May 2021 13:00

Acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi has conveyed a message on the World Press Free Dom Day:   „Twenty eight years ago, the United Nations Organization’s General Assembly declared the 3 May day as the World Press Freedom Day. I take advantage of this occasion to convey, on behalf of the government, a strong message of support and appreciation for the mass media from Moldova.    The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) marks the current issue of the World Press Freedom Day under the sign of recalling about to the need to observe authorities’ commitment for the freedom of press, of reflection among mass media professionals about the problems of the press freedom and professional ethics. Also, this is a day of memory for the journalists who lost their lives while looking for the truth.       Dear journalists,   Your profession, in the spirit of the deontological code, is the guarantee of a democratic and free society, in which the wide public is to be informed objectively and in time. Your daily work and efforts is synonymous with the truth, courage and professional correctitude.   For the second year in a row, the World Press Freedom Day has been marked in a context marked by the pandemic, with the enforcement of emergency measures in the sanitary, social and economic fields, which boosts the need of informing the people. The role of the mass media institutions in counteracting the pandemic is beyond doubt – you are the ones who learn and distribute reliable and verified information. At the same time, you represent the most specialized corps of professionals, capable of combating fake news and misinformation, providing the truthful information to Moldova’s citizens.     On the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, I call on the public and governmental communicators, by the side of whom journalists ensure the right of access to information to the wide public. In the context, the full observance of the principles of press freedom and freedom of expression, laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, European Convention on Human Rights, in other international documents and conventions, Moldova is party to, must be ensured by the state according to the best practices and technical possibilities available at the moment.       Dear mass media representatives,   On a period when the citizens’ informing is vital, I want to thank you for the effort you take. Remain free, independent and anchored in the ideals of the democracy which we edify together!   I wish you health and inspiration.”

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13:00
Dear citizens,   Dear Christians,   The Easter Holidays bring us the mystery of the Resurrection to the home of each Christian and prompt us to observe the century-old Christian customs and lessons. This is an occasion to strengthen the hope and value each other, support mutually and forgive.      The last year has given all of us the most valuable lesson – to appreciate the health and fight for life. May the Resurrection of the Lord bring you together in the family, in conditions of safety, in order to honour the memory of those who lost the fight with the pandemic.     I want the Holy Easter Holidays to unite us everybody in the spirit of compassion, solidarity and love for the fellows. On behalf of Moldova’s government, I convey wishes from the bottom of my heart for days full of light, peace and happiness! I wish you health, peace, courage and confidence in a bright future and may your families be protected.        I wish our people to remain in continuation wise and good-willing and I wish the Moldovans from the Diaspora to bring the fame of our country far abroad and not forget our common home – Republic of Moldova.   Christ has risen!  
13:00
Acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi has conveyed a message on the World Press Free Dom Day:   „Twenty eight years ago, the United Nations Organization’s General Assembly declared the 3 May day as the World Press Freedom Day. I take advantage of this occasion to convey, on behalf of the government, a strong message of support and appreciation for the mass media from Moldova.    The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) marks the current issue of the World Press Freedom Day under the sign of recalling about to the need to observe authorities’ commitment for the freedom of press, of reflection among mass media professionals about the problems of the press freedom and professional ethics. Also, this is a day of memory for the journalists who lost their lives while looking for the truth.       Dear journalists,   Your profession, in the spirit of the deontological code, is the guarantee of a democratic and free society, in which the wide public is to be informed objectively and in time. Your daily work and efforts is synonymous with the truth, courage and professional correctitude.   For the second year in a row, the World Press Freedom Day has been marked in a context marked by the pandemic, with the enforcement of emergency measures in the sanitary, social and economic fields, which boosts the need of informing the people. The role of the mass media institutions in counteracting the pandemic is beyond doubt – you are the ones who learn and distribute reliable and verified information. At the same time, you represent the most specialized corps of professionals, capable of combating fake news and misinformation, providing the truthful information to Moldova’s citizens.     On the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, I call on the public and governmental communicators, by the side of whom journalists ensure the right of access to information to the wide public. In the context, the full observance of the principles of press freedom and freedom of expression, laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, European Convention on Human Rights, in other international documents and conventions, Moldova is party to, must be ensured by the state according to the best practices and technical possibilities available at the moment.       Dear mass media representatives,   On a period when the citizens’ informing is vital, I want to thank you for the effort you take. Remain free, independent and anchored in the ideals of the democracy which we edify together!   I wish you health and inspiration.”
30 April 2021
17:30
The National Public Health Commission convened in a meeting. CNESP members have mandated the territorial commissions to take the decision to establish a state of emergency in public health at local level in case the incidence of cases exceeds 100 infections per 100 thousand citizens. The epidemiological security measures set and applied during the pandemic still remain. Therefore, it remains mandatory to wear protective masks in all public spaces, respect the hygiene of the hands and keep a physical distance of 1 meter between people. All measures to cross the state border remain in force - by presenting upon entry into the country of the Covid-19 negative PCR test performed no later than 72 hours before boarding, or filling out the epidemiological form and compliance with the two weeks of self-isolation. As for the educational process, it will take place based on the scenarios previously established by the MECC. However, in the localities where the Red Alert is set, the basic option will be remote learning, except for early education institutions. Depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation, the measures are to be adjusted by the National Public Health Commission.
17:30
Acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi participated today in online meeting of the heads of government of the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). Moldova has observer status. In his speech, Ciocoi stressed Moldova's interest to use observer status to boost mutually beneficial trade and economic relations with EAEU member states. The interest is also dictated by the fact that the markets of the EAEU countries are already traditional for many Moldovan producers and exporters. "Given that for the second year in a row humanity is suffering from a disastrous health crisis, cooperation, mutual support and solidarity are not only important, but also necessary in the interaction between our nations. Therefore, Moldova's participation as an observer in the EAEU comes to facilitate the increase of economic relations for the implementation of a number of joint infrastructure projects, growth of mutual trade, attract investment in agriculture and digitize the economy, " he said. Ciocoi said that despite all challenges created by the pandemic, the government is developing optimal measures to support the domestic economy and overcome the crisis, directing its efforts towards the implementation of infrastructure, transport and logistics projects and creation of new jobs. In this context, he noted that last year in the Republic of Moldova, a program was approved on creation of 18 multifunctional industrial platforms, which would allow attracting foreign investors in our country. The Prime Minister said that currently, in our country 44 projects are being implemented for creation and development of industrial platforms and throughout the operation of existing industrial parks, the investments amounted to almost 570 million dollars and over 21,000 jobs were set up.
9:30
The cabinet will earmark 20,000 euros to the bureau of lawyers who defend Moldova’s interest in Stockholm, in the case of the granting of the Chisinau Airport.     In this respect, the cabinet of ministers today approved a draft decision, under which the Public Property Agency allocates from the government’s reserve fund a sum equivalent in lei of 19,700 euros for the payment of the expertise services, witnesses, as well as the sum equivalent in lei of 1,075 euros for the payment of the stenography services, proposed by the Buruiană & Partners Associated Bureau of Lawyers in the process of defence of the state’s interests in the cause of international investment arbitration  Komaksavia Airport Invest LTD against Moldova.   The draft is to be subjected to anti-corruption expertise by the National Anticorruption Centre.   
9:00
The cabinet approved regulation on support of the labor market in the Republic of Moldova, which suffered as a result of the crisis caused by Covid-19. According to the government's communication and protocol department, the pandemic and the measures taken by the authorities to combat Covid-19 infection have led to a significant reduction in production and trade activity, increase in unemployment and decline in consumption, and the labor market was extremely affected. Therefore, it was decided to grant subsidies to persons who, for a period of at least 12 consecutive months, preceding the month of employment, had no salary income. The money will be provided for employee expenses starting 1 January 2021. The target is young people, diaspora and people who lost their jobs in 2020. People with disabilities will also be subsidized, except those employed in specialized companies. The amount of the grant awarded will be determined depending on the category of employee. Thus, 200 million lei will be earmarked from the state budget. "It is welcomed given that the country's economy was severely hit in 2020. It is an important step and expected by many citizens, especially the money, 200 million is set out in state law for this year," Aureliu Ciocoi said. According to the database of the National Employment Agency, during 2020, the number of unemployed registered at the labor offices was 50.2 thousand people and increased about 1.6 times compared to 2019. Unemployment rate at country level in the fourth quarter of 2020 recorded the value of 4.3%. According to existing data, the number of unemployed registered in January 2020 was 16,599 people, and in January 2021 - 25,525 people. Respectively, about 9,000 unemployed were not re-employed as a result of the crisis, the given figure being much higher taking into account the number of unemployed not registered with ANOFM.
9:00
The cabinet members today approved the creation of the state register for the record of the vaccination against COVID-19 (RVC-19). Under the document, decision-makers are to elaborate an automated information system, which will contain information about patients as regards the vaccination against Covid-19 and the vaccines administered, scheduling of patients for vaccination and issuance of vaccination certificates. „This is an absolutely necessary thing for Moldova, especially as we are in vaccination process. The approval and launch of this draft decision is welcome, given that we need an electronic system for the record of citizens who benefited from vaccine, both in Moldova; yet, we should see how we technically include the citizens from abroad.’’ The employees of the Health, Labour and Social Protection Ministry, National Public Health Agency (ANSP), National Health Insurances Company, providers of medical services, health subdivisions of the local public administration authorities, the Service of Information Technology and Cyber Security (STISC), General Inspectorate of Border Police will have access to the register’s data. The public institution STISC was nominated administrator of the RVC-19.    With the help of the register, the General Inspectorate of Border Police will ensure the monitoring of Moldova’s citizens who are vaccinated against COVID-19. Therefore, the copies of the vaccination certificates will be submitted to ANSP for supervision.   The register will be recorded as state property, will be possessed by the Health, Labour and Social Protection Ministry and will be held by the National Public Health Agency.    
9:00
The Land Cadaster for 2021was approved at a cabinet meeting today. So, on the period 1 January 2020 – 1 January 2021, specialists for the regulation of the land property regime included changes of the areas of the lands according to the categories of purpose and of use, form of property, landowners of villages, cities and districts and the Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia. While compiling the Land Cadastre, decision-makers registered the newly used lands, with their inclusion in the agricultural circulation, planting and clearing the perennial plantations, protection forest belts, as well as the edification or annulation of the irrigation or draining systems.    According to Cadastre data, the overall area of Moldova is 3,384.7 thousand hectares. On 1 January 2021, the total area of farmlands was of 2,129.5 thousands hectares. The area of the irrigated areas is of 217.94 thousand hectares. As compared to the situation from 1 January 2020, decision-makers find out a diminution of the reserve fund by 41.245 thousand hectares, as a result of the exclusion of the lands occupied by constructions and annexes of former farming units.     The public property lands of the state have an area of 783.87 thousand hectares, the ones of the administrative and territorial units – almost 700,000 hectares and the private property lands have an area of more than 1,901.5 thousand hectares.
27 April 2021
13:00
Acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi conveyed a message today on Day of Remembrance of Chernobyl nuclear accident victims. "This year we mark the 35th anniversary of the greatest nuclear catastrophe in human history. The explosion led to mobilization, including from the Republic of Moldova of over 3,500 compatriots, equipped with rudimentary means of protection, to clean the contaminated territories and to build a sarcophagus around the damaged reactor. Dear veterans and dear family members, This tragedy knew no bounds and as representatives of the government, society, we are responsible for the participants who sacrificed their health to eliminate the consequences of this damage, for the members of your families, who help you overcome physical and moral sequelae every day. Today, only 1900 citizens of our country who participated in the liquidation actions of the consequences of the Chernobyl accident are still alive. I assure you that the government will  keep on agenda as a priority the increase of the monthly state allowance, granting of free medical insurance, extension by another year of the term for granting one off allowances for construction or purchase of housing and assignment unemployed veterans. We are obliged to keep alive the memory of those who lost their lives and we are obliged to honor the veterans who sacrificed themselves in order to ensure a harmonious future for us ”.  
26 April 2021
12:30
Acting prime minister Aureliu Ciocoi chaired today online meeting of the Commission for Emergencies. He approached the latest decisions taken on the Commission's platform. Therefore, it was decided to repeal the martial hour in Moldova from 26 April. "I would like to thank my colleagues of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and those of the Ministry of Defense for the significant effort to ensure public order, security of citizens and observance of this ban from the moment of declaring a state of emergency," he said. Next week, the educational process in technical and higher education will be resumed for carrying out the internship, practical hours and assessment sessions that cannot be done remotely. The CSE decided to allow the resumption of theatrical-concert activities starting with 2 May. The number of spectators will not have to exceed 30 percent of the capacity of the available seats. Depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation, the decision could be reviewed. From 2 May it will be allowed to carry out outdoor cultural activities, organized by the theater-concert and cinema institutions accredited by MECC, in line with the sanitary rules. Given that the Easter holidays are coming, in order to avoid the infection with SARS-Cov-2 of citizens, the Commission ordered that on 25 April -11 May the activity of religious services and divine services should take place outside the places of worship, keeping a distance of 1.5 meters and observing measures to prevent Covid-19 infection.
21 April 2021
18:30
Acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi today chaired a meeting of the single command centre of the emergency state. According to the latest information provided by the Health, Labour and Social Protection Ministry (MSMPS) and the National Public Health Agency (ANPS), 453 new cases of infection with Covid-19 were registered in Moldova, out of the 5,077 tests made. At the same time, 1,151 patients are in serious condition, another 262 are in quite serious condition and 50 are intubated. Unfortunately, 25 deaths have been recorded so far.   Acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi noted that about 1,000 pregnant women were treated from Covid-19 and almost 13,000 children remain infected with Sars-Cov-2 all over Moldova. ‘’Last year, there were practically no children infected with Covid-19. Yet, now, children are also hit by this British stem, with most children sick having ages between 10 and 17 years,’’ the official said.    Data proposed by MSMPS shows that only 8 are medical employees out of all infections recorded today: 4 medical assistants and 4 auxiliary staff employees.   „Fortunately, no physician has been infected with the Covid-19 virus in the last 24 hours, which actually confirms the efficiency of the vaccine,’’ the prime minister stressed.    Meanwhile, the Taraclia, Hancesti and Floresti districts got out of the red code of alert as to the epidemiological situation and this given that less than 100 cases per 1,000 residents have been registered in the last days. So far, 89,000 people have been vaccinated with the first dose of anti-Covid vaccine. Over 50,000 out of those 180,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, received by Moldova, were distributed all over the country just today. The rest of the doses from this consignment are preserved, in order to be able to make the revaccination.    Information provided by MAI shows that a large number of servicemen continue patrolling in the districts Chisinau, Balti and Straseni. As many as 15,896 economic agents and 1,135 churches have been verified since the establishment of the emergency state till present. MAI employees documented 3,975 infringements and the overall sum of the fines imposed stands at over 7 million lei.    Policemen face difficulties in the management of the flow of embarking in the public transport and record serious infringements during religious services, were people continue to take the communion with the same spoon.    
19 April 2021
12:00
The Commission for Emergency Situations (CSE) held a meeting today. The participants in the event considered and approved a new instruction which provides for a large set of regulations in the justice sector, in accordance with the establishment of the emergency state in Moldova.    The document is focused, to a great extent, on new provisions as to the forms of forcible execution. So, on the period of the emergency state, personal goods or household appliances, including the furniture, indispensable to the debtor and his/her family, cannot be sequestrated, followed. The goods of the debtor’s children, needed food products, farming inventory, including the labour animals, fodder for them, etc. cannot be sequestrated. ‘’I urge the colleagues working in the judicial system to attentively consider this set of new regulations for the emergency state period,’’ Aureliu Ciocoi said.     An important decision approved at the today’s meeting envisages the exemption from the payment of customs taxes, tax for customs procedures and the value added tax (VAT) at the import of a consignment of 120,000 doses of Sputnik-V vaccine, provided to Moldova’s government by Russia as donation, to the National Public Health Agency as beneficiary. Decision-makers will act similarly also in the case of a batch of 62,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccine, provided to Moldova’s eastern districts, as donation, imported from Russia.     „We are to exempt 182,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccine from taxes on import, customs duties, tax for customs procedures in all. It remains to clear up when this batch will arrive in Moldova. At the same time, the Medicines and Medical Devices Agency of Moldova will release import authorization for the concerned consignments of vaccine,’’ the acting PM said. Also, CSE approved the conditions for capping the price for the anti-COVID-19 vaccine, if they are to be imported to Moldova by commercial means, in order not to allow the increase in the vaccines’ prices at the private medical institutions which are to provide such services to the citizens.   Thus, through the derogation from the sub-point 9) of the point 6 of the regulation on the way the producers’ prices for medicines are registered and approved, the producer’s price for the anti-COVID-19 vaccine will be established in the quantum requested by the producer or owner of the certificate of medicine’s registration. ‘’This is the ceiling from which we will proceed in the process of calculating, in Moldova, the price of any anti-Covid-19 vaccine, due to be brought to the country by commercial means,’’ Ciocoi noted.   In another context, CSE today approved the suspension, on the emergency state period, of the personal right from the budgetary units to benefit from one-off bonuses on the occasion of professional holidays and the holidays days-off. The decision was promoted by the need to save public money on the period of the emergency state.    Another action which regards the public system provides for the doubling of the term of considering the official petitions and requests, in order to exercise the free access to public interest information on the period of the emergency state. The action is reasoned by the fact that, on the concerned period, the civil servants work in offices at a level of 30 per cent.   
12:00
The number of Moldova’s citizens vaccinated with the first dose has reached over 82,000 and 9,476 Moldovans received the second dose, thus being immunized against the new-type coronavirus. Acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi today made statements to this effect after a meeting of the single command centre of the emergency state. The acting Prime Minister made more specifications on the current situation as to the purchasing of anti-COVID-19 vaccines. Presently, the Health, Labour and Social Protection Ministry is in process of buying a consignment of 100,000 doses of Corona Vax vaccine, the producer of which is China.   At the same time, Moldova, through the COVAX platform, benefits from 20 per cent of the necessary amount of vaccines for national immunization and another 30 per cent of the overall quantity needed in the country is provided at a preferential price, i.e. directly from producer. ‘’A decision was taken that, on the COVAX platform, Moldova is to procure over two million doses of available vaccine, as on this platform, we do not choose the vaccine which we want to buy, but take what is available and we are to pay the value of the consignments provided, if we accept them,’’ Aureliu Ciocoi said. He noted that discussions had been started with the Moderna producer to consider possibility to purchase 1.5 million vaccine doses. Also, discussions are held with the Russian Direct Investment Fund – owner of the Sputnik V vaccine, in order to inform Moldova’s authorities about their conditions for the eventual procurement of 700,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccine. Aureliu Ciocoi specified that, for the moment, these acquisitions were not negotiated, but decision-makers analyze which is the most advantageous for Moldova.   At the same time, two consignments of vaccines will arrive in Moldova on 17 April: a batch of 132,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, generously provided by Romania’s government, through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, activated by Moldova in February 2021 and the second consignment of 48,000 AstraZeneca vaccines, provided through the COVAX platform.   The 100,000 doses of vaccines, already purchased from the Corona Vax producer, as well as a donation earlier promised by China to the country, will arrive in Moldova till late April.  
15 April 2021
23:00
Acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi today chaired a meeting of the single command centre of the emergency state. The participants in the event heard reports of the institutions in charge of the management of the pandemic situation. A number of 544 new cases of infection with Covid out of the 4,352 tests carried out were registered today. At the same time, 1,214 citizens have been treated of Sars-Cov-2 and 11,890 active cases remain in continuation. At the same time, the infection rate continues to be high; the average for the last 14 days shows 423 Covid cases per 100,000 residents. Unfortunately, 29 people died.  Presently, 3,345 people infected with Covid are put in hospitals in all.  At a news briefing, the acting PM specified that nine people out of those positively tested belonged to the auxiliary staff of the healthcare system. ‘’According to the colleagues of the Health, Labour and Social Protection Ministry (MSMPS), the fact that there already no physicians tested positive for Covid might be due to the vaccination. As you see, the vaccine is nevertheless doing its job, at least among the medical employees,’’ Aureliu Ciocoi noted.      As many as 70,229 people have been vaccinated so far. The acting prime minister said that the authorities were still at the first phase of vaccination. ‘’There is still a certain resistance. Not everybody wants to vaccinate with the vaccine suggested. Namely for this reason, this slow tendency is registered. I am more than sure that, when we reach the third stage of vaccination and we largely open the doors for the general vaccination of the population, we will quite quickly go with the vaccination of our citizens,’’ the acting PM said.      At the same time, 1,551 people have been already revaccinated.    The Interior Ministry (MAI) confirms that it maintains a strength of 10,000 employees daily on duty, assisted, on average, by over 100 servicemen. A number of 10,292 people, who entered Moldova without the negative test for Covid, were verified in self-isolation. Almost 70,000 citizens have entered Moldova since 1 April till present. Law-enforcers found out 122 forged tests for Covid. MAI specialists investigate a whole network which provides the negative test against payment.     As many as 15,945 enterprises, 3,070 transport units were monitored and 1,385 churches were verified, which, in general, observed the sanitary norms, organizing services in open air. Civil suits were compiled against 2,097 private people and 2,174 legal entities, of which six economic agents, one manager of a fuel supply station and four managers of public administration units, for the infringement of sanitary end epidemiological norms. During the martial hour, as of 23:00 till 5:00, 67 civil suits were brought on the last days for the violation of the regime, preponderantly on Fridays and Saturdays.      At the same time, the National Public Health Agency carried out 27 unforeseen controls and found out 5 non-compliances, of which three private medical institutions and two pre-school institutions.    Fines worth 4.5 million lei were imposed in all for the non-observance of the sanitary and epidemiological norms imposed on the period of the emergency state.
16:30
Acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi chaired a meeting of the single command centre of the emergency state. The participants in the event heard reports of the institutions in charge of the management of the pandemic situation.   A number of 544 new cases of infection with Covid out of the 4,352 tests carried out were registered today. At the same time, 1,214 citizens have been treated of Sars-Cov-2 and 11,890 active cases remain in continuation. At the same time, the infection rate continues to be high; the average for the last 14 days shows 423 Covid cases per 100,000 residents. Unfortunately, 29 people died. Presently, 3,345 people infected with Covid are put in hospitals in all.    At a news briefing, the acting PM specified that nine people out of those positively tested belonged to the auxiliary staff of the healthcare system. ‘’According to the colleagues of the Health, Labour and Social Protection Ministry (MSMPS), the fact that there already no physicians tested positive for Covid might be due to the vaccination. As you see, the vaccine is nevertheless doing its job, at least among the medical employees,’’ Aureliu Ciocoi noted.       As many as 70,229 people have been vaccinated so far. The acting prime minister said that the authorities were still at the first phase of vaccination. ‘’There is still a certain resistance. Not everybody wants to vaccinate with the vaccine suggested. Namely for this reason, this slow tendency is registered. I am more than sure that, when we reach the third stage of vaccination and we largely open the doors for the general vaccination of the population, we will quite quickly go with the vaccination of our citizens,’’ the acting Prime Minister said. At the same time, 1,551 people have been already revaccinated.      The Interior Ministry (MAI) confirms that it maintains a strength of 10,000 employees daily on duty, assisted, on average, by over 100 servicemen. A number of 10,292 people, who entered Moldova without the negative test for Covid, were verified in self-isolation. Almost 70,000 citizens have entered Moldova since 1 April till present. Law-enforcers found out 122 forged tests for Covid. MAI specialists investigate a whole network which provides the negative test against payment.       As many as 15,945 enterprises, 3,070 transport units were monitored and 1,385 churches were verified, which, in general, observed the sanitary norms, organizing services in open air. Civil suits were compiled against 2,097 private people and 2,174 legal entities, of which six economic agents, one manager of a fuel supply station and four managers of public administration units, for the infringement of sanitary end epidemiological norms. During the martial hour, as of 23:00 till 5:00, 67 civil suits were brought on the last days for the violation of the regime, preponderantly on Fridays and Saturdays.       At the same time, the National Public Health Agency carried out 27 unforeseen controls and found out 5 non-compliances, of which three private medical institutions and two pre-school institutions.      Fines worth 4.5 million lei were imposed in all for the non-observance of the sanitary and epidemiological norms imposed on the period of the emergency state.
16:30
The Ministry of Education, Culture and Research will distribute 10,000 laptops in 35 districts of the country for pupils in V-XII grades. They will be provided with computer technology to have access to online studies. This amount will fully cover the needs of middle and high school pupils. Today, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research received the first batch of 2,400 laptops through the Education Reform in Moldova Project (PRIM). Attending the event were acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi, Minister of Education, Culture and Research Lilia Pogolșa, representatives of the local specialized bodies in education etc. Also today, the computers will be distributed in the districts of the country, and next week the second batch will be delivered, numbering 7,600 units. The data was collected through the Education Management Information System (SIME), according to which 9,484 pupils in grades V-XII need a computer to connect to online lessons. The information was provided by heads of general education institutions in the country. The premier praised the World Bank's support for the project and said that given the pandemic, the acquisition would support pupils in the country, providing them with access to online education.  Minister of Education, Culture and Research Lilia Pogolșa said that the pandemic imposed the reorganization of the educational process - online, which brought to the fore the issue of equipping students with the necessary technique. In this context, Lilia Pogolșa thanked the PRIM team and the World Bank for reallocating 3.5 million dollars to purchase computers. The laptops purchased under the Education Reform in Moldova Project are equipped with a licensed operating system and the total cost of the acquisition is 2,914,200 dollars. At the same time, with the support of the World Bank, 160 physics and chemistry laboratories will be equipped. The MECC leadership also stressed the need for another 10,000 computers to fully ensure primary school pupils' access to online studies. The authorities will continue to identify financial means for the acquisition of the necessary equipment. In 2020, to ensure the remote education, the government earmarked 20 million lei, of which 2,500 laptops were bought for educational institutions in the country. In total, the education system was equipped with 20,000 units of computer technology, with the support of development partners and procurement by local public administrations.
16:30
The acting government has approved a draft on the release 20,787 tons of food wheat from the 2017 year harvest from state reserves, in order to refresh the stocks with the harvest from this year. The action is necessary, in order not to allow essential financial losses for the state’s budget, if the product’s preservation term expires.      Acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi stressed that this quantity would be oriented, as priority, to native economic agents producers of bread products, from miller’s trade sector and animal husbandry field. ‘’I ask these economic agents to show increased interest in contracting the necessary quantities of wheat, made available on the domestic market. And if till 10 May 2021, an exhausting of the stock proposed from the state reserve is not recorded, the quantity left will be open for procurement for economic agents from the category of depositors. It is important that this wheat is oriented exclusively for the domestic consumption, it is absolutely necessary to back these priority sectors at present,’’ the acting PM said.       Agriculture Minister Ion Perju gave assurances that the country was supplied with food and fodder wheat till the next harvest, expected as of 1 July this year. Despite a difficult agricultural year because of the drought, in 2020, a harvest of 570,000 tons of wheat was registered. At the same time, starting from 1 July 2020 till present, 120,000 tons of wheat was exported. ‘’The highest price for wheat was in last February, being determined by the regional price and from international exchanges, when one ton of wheat reached 280 euros. Presently, the price drops, as the agricultural year is expected to be better than the last year. The price decreased on the domestic market too – 1 kg of wheat costs already 4 lei. For the moment, 318,000 hectares of winter wheat are sowed in Moldova and the crops are in a good state, according to the current climatic situation,’’ Ion Perju said. He regretted the fact that this subject had been put in the political sphere.     The agriculture minister said that an estimate quantity of 70,000 tons of wheat were left in Moldova, without those 21,000 tons, released from the state reserve and the Material Reserves Agency will have possibility to refresh its stock with quality wheat from this year. At the same time, Interior Minister Pavel Voicu said that another 31,000 tons of wheat remained available in the stocks of the Agency, which means that over 90,000 tons of wheat remains in the country in all. Voicu noted that, if decision-makers fail to refresh the quantity of 21,000 tons of wheat till 10 May 2021, there is a risk for the state to lose 900 lei per each ton of wheat, after it switches to another category of quality.    In the context, Aureliu Ciocoi asked the concerned institutions to consider possibility to provide a more attractive price to economic agents from the priority category against the present price on the domestic market; thus, a common denominator was found between the financial interests of the Material Reserves Agency and the need to back the native producers in the sector. The participants in the cabinet meeting approved the quantum for 2021 of the financial assistance provided to the beneficiaries of international protection in Moldova, which will be 1,307 lei. The quantum is 15 per cent from the average monthly salary for this year, 8,715 lei. Last year, this quantum was of 1,192 lei.
11 April 2021
14:00
On International Roma Day, marked on 8 April, the government hosted an online roundtable today on the 50th anniversary of the first Romani Congress in London in 1971.   The event was attended by acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi, Minister of Education, Culture and Research Lilia Pogolșa, the head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Moldova, Peter Michalko, representatives of the Interethnic Relations Agency, associations in the field, development partners and representatives of the Roma community in Moldova. The meeting was organized to draw the attention of decision makers to the needs of the Roma community in order to ensure full inclusion in society.   To improve the economic situation of the Roma and ensure their active participation in the social and political life of the country, the government implemented in 2016-2020 an action plan to support the Roma population in Moldova. Thus, it was managed to ensure the free transportation of Roma students from rural areas to and from educational institutions over distances exceeding 2 km, material aid was offered to Roma from socially vulnerable families for rehabilitation / repair of housing, as required by law and the process of establishing identity and getting identity documents for Roma had been significantly simplified.   At the same time, the Minister of Education said that in 2020 the number of Roma children institutionalized in kindergartens and schools has increased. Currently, MECC is under elaboration of a new Program to support the Roma population for 2021 - 2025 and the action plan aimed to solve many problems.    The premier said that a cross-sectoral approach is needed to solve the problems, by involving all responsible authorities. "I assure you the draft plan will certainly be incisive and with concrete measures. I hope the representatives of the Roma ethnic group will become as inclusive as possible in society and living standard be good, no longer have out-of-school children ", said Aureliu Ciocoi.   EU Ambassador Peter Michalko praised that public authorities pay particular attention to the problems facing the Roma community, as it is an important part of the population, and reiterated that the EU will continue to support the effective approach to social inclusion of the Roma.   30 representatives of the Roma ethnicity will be awarded the government diploma, as a sign of gratitude and appreciation for their contribution to strengthening Roma civil society in the Republic of Moldova, active involvement in the social and political life of the country, and on the occasion of International Roma Day.   On 8 April 1971, the First International Roma Congress approved a number of important decisions aimed at strengthening Roma in different parts of the world. The decision was made to remove the ethnonym "gypsy" from international use, being replaced by "Roma". The Roma flag was approved and the international Roma anthem was chosen. According to the population census in the Republic of Moldova, 9323 people were officially registered who identified as Roma, but reports and studies conducted by international organizations estimate that their number would reach up to 250,000 people.
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Acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi today chaired a meeting of the Commission for Emergency Situations (CSE). The participants in the event revised some restrictive actions earlier approved and introduced new measures, aimed at backing the citizens and the business environment of Moldova.      The CSE’s new decision establishes that the presence of groups not larger than three persons, except for the members of a family, is allowed in parks or leisure zones. At the same time, CSE noted that the rules of crossing Moldova’s state border, stipulated in the Decision No 51 of the National Extraordinary Public Health Commission (CNESP) from 19 March, would be enforced.   An important decision approved by CSE today provides for the extension of the list of compensated medicines for the treatment of patients with light and medium-seriousness forms of COVID-19, in ambulatory conditions. This means that the patients who are treated at home will receive compensated medicines at a level of 100 per cent, earlier being of 70 per cent. All people will benefit from compensated medication, including those who do not have the mandatory health insurance policy. The Health, Labour and Social Protection Ministry (MSMPS) will work out a mechanism of delivery of compensated medicines at home through medical and social assistants.     At the same time, the local public authorities of the first and second levels will undertake measures of social support of the people at risk, those with disabilities and elderly people, through the involvement of community social assistants, social employees and volunteers among the residents.     The CSE members approved a string of actions, in order to back the economic agents. Thus, the period of implementation of the programme on subsidizing the interests of the programme on reimbursement of the Value Added Tax (VAT) will be extended till 31 May 2021.     „We also approved other simplified rules in the fiscal administration, which will support the business environment on this difficult period. It is quite important that we create the conditions necessary for boosting Moldova’s economy, including in the situation of the emergency state which we face,’’ acting PM Aureliu Ciocoi said.      Also, CSE approved an exception as to the education process; the organization of the training probationary will be allowed in the vocational and higher education institutions for the pupils and students of the graduate groups. At the same time, sportspeople will be able to resume the trainings for preparing for international tournaments, with the compulsory observance of all sanitary and epidemiological norms; CSE also allowed the holding of sports competitions in open air, organized by the national federations accredited by the Education, Culture and Research Ministry, without audience.    
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In the Republic of Moldova, the number of children infected with the new type of coronavirus has increased, after the identification of the British strain on the territory of the country.   "It is an alarming situation for children to be affected by the Sars-Cov-2 virus. During the pandemic starts, there are 12,528 infected children. Of them, 53% are between 11 and 17 years old. Large number of pregnant women who suffer from Covid, today 973 people are registered ", acting prime minister Aureliu Ciocoi said yesterday evening.   The report presented by the Ministry of Health shows that 910 new cases of infection were registered on Friday, out of which 223 in Chisinau municipality, out of a total of 5,799 tests performed. Thus, currently, the number of Covid patients reaches 19,130 ​​people, of which 3,770 are hospitalized, 316 are in serious condition, and 32 dead. Currently, the Republic of Moldova ranks 18th in Europe, in terms of new infections and 16th - in terms of mortality.   So far, 61,091 people have been vaccinated in the Republic of Moldova. The number does not include citizens who have been vaccinated abroad. At the same time, the Ministry of Health is in the process of direct negotiations with a Chinese company that produces the SINOVAC vaccine, for contracting a batch of 400,000 doses.    Ciocoi appreciated the beneficial experience of opening the 15 information centers regarding Covid-19, in 15 localities, by IGSU specialists and MAI subdivisions, being distributed free of charge 844 protective masks and 1600 leaflets to the people who documented themselves here. In this context, the members of the Single Command Center agreed to quickly consider the possibility of seconding a medical worker to these centers in order to start the rapid population testing process. "We will see if there are enough stocks within MSMPS to ensure this process. I hope to find, and if we do not proceed quickly to purchase a new batch of rapid tests to ensure this network throughout the country," he said.   ANSP carried out 64 control missions, 19 cases of non-compliance with sanitary norms, issuing 10 reports. In this context, he said that decision No1 of the CSE provides the right given to control bodies to withdraw the activity license of public catering units, economic agents that do not comply with epidemiological rigors.   In the last 24 hours, about 11,000 police officers and 80 soldiers from the National Army were involved in patrolling and maintaining law and order in the country, and the Border Police found 4 false certificates of Covid among the 5516 people who entered the country.   8056 people in self-isolation were checked, 903 - economic agents 300 - transport units, 346 - commercial units. 385 contravention lawsuits were filed, 178 individuals were sanctioned and an economic agent.   On weekends, MAI specialists and servicemen will continue controls and patrolling public places in the Republic of Moldova to prevent or identify cases of violation of the health regime.
8 April 2021
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Acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi had a meeting with Interior Minister Pavel Voicu. The discussion was focused on kidnapping in Moldova of Ukrainian citizen Nicolae Ceaus.   Pavel Voicu informed the official about the measures taken by the legal institutions from the moment of receiving the call to the Single Service 112. He pointed out that immediately after obtaining the information about kidnapping, all specialized institutions of the ministry intervened. At the same time, a criminal case was started by prosecutors of the Prosecutor's Office for Combating Organized Crime and Special Cases.   As a result of the special investigative measures, law enforcers gathered evidence, found three cars, which were used in kidnapping established the route of the offenders and circle of people involved. One person was detained.   The police and prosecutors have established a circle of people, having the citizenship of another state, who entered our country since 23 March including the day of kidnapping. The information about the people is thoroughly checked in different ways. State institutions have got several relevant evidence in the case, including video recordings, documents and fingerprints. At the same time, Pavel Voicu highlighted he relies a lot on a good collaboration with law enforcers in Ukraine.   It was agreed on the need to keep the interim Prime Minister permanently informed of the progress of the investigation in this case.
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Acting Prime Minister, Foreign Affairs and European Integration Minister Aureliu Ciocoi today chaired, in a videoconference format, a meeting of the national committee on combating the trafficking of human beings.   The participants in the meeting presented and approved the report on the implementation of the policy in the field of combating and preventing the trafficking of human beings in 2020. The report contains an analysis of the present tendencies as to the trafficking phenomenon, as well as a detailed description of the measures undertaken by the authorities on all dimensions of the anti-trafficking fight: prevention, protection, punishment, partnership.     Aureliu Ciocoi stressed the need to maintain efforts, in order to ensure an efficient coordination of the activities of preventing and combating the trafficking of human beings nationally. Also, the Moldovan diplomacy head thanked the foreign partners for the further support of the anti-trafficking policies from Moldova and welcomed the launch, in early 2021, of the project, Contribution to a consolidated response of the law-enforcement bodies and of elaboration of the policies as to the trafficking of people in Moldova. The project is financed by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by the International Organization for Migration, in partnership with Moldova’s government.   The Committee members stressed that a 50-per cent diminution in the number of victims of the trafficking of human beings was recorded in Moldova for 2020 (139 people against 341 in 2019), against the background of the Covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, experts found out that this fact did not show a positive evolution, but rather a diminution of the capacity of identification, in the context of the impediments and effects triggered by the sanitary situation.     In the context, acting PM Aureliu Ciocoi said that the efforts must be strengthened and the working instruments and processes should be adapted, in order to cope with the new circumstances, as well as the new tendencies and forms of the trafficking in human beings, which are present and more often switch to the online environment, and which become more and more difficult to be identified.   At the same time, the participants in the Committee’s meeting presented also a draft of a new action plan for 2021-2022 for implementing the national strategy for the prevention and combating of the trafficking in human beings, which is to be subjected to the procedure of approval by the government.   For his part, the state secretary, Gheorghe Leucă, stressed the importance of focusing efforts to fully carrying out the measures planned and implement the recommendations received through the international mechanisms of monitoring, such as the group of experts on the fight against the trafficking of human beings and the ones stipulated in USA’s annual report on human traffic.      In the end, the competent authorities unveiled information on the institutional priorities for 2021.  
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Our national culture has lost another great actor and stage manager, Boris Bechet. The well-known theatre and film actor, People’s Merited Artist Boris Bechet passed away at the age of 68 years today.      Actor Boris Bechet was born in the Vadu Leca village, Telenesti district, on 7 February 1953. In 1975, he graduated from the Chisinau-based Arts Institute. Subsequently, he played on the stage of the Vasile Alecsandri National Theatre from Balti and afterwards, he played at the Alexei Mateevici Poetic Theatre from Chisinau, where he worked till present. At this theatre, Boris Bechet played more both leading and secondary parts, being distinguished through his performance in more plays.      In 1983, Boris Bechet debuted in cinematography, at the Moldova-Film studio. In 1991, he played the part of Nicanor in the movie Troiţa (The Crucifix) and in the same year he was awarded the title of People’s Merited Man.     Also, the government awarded Boris Bechet the National Prize in 2020 for outstanding results in his prodigious activity in the theatre art field.     With deep regret and boundless sorrow for the loss of the great actor and man, we express sincere condolence to the family, colleagues from the world of theatre and film arts and all those who knew and admired Boris Bechet.     May he rest in peace!   Acting Prime Minister of Moldova, Aureliu Ciocoi    Acting Education, Culture and Research Minister, Lilia Pogolsa  
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Today, the international community marks the World Health Day. Being in the full swing of the fight against the pandemic, more than ever, we are aware of the importance of the responsibility of each of us for the personal health and of the beloved ones, as well as of the role of the medical system in the society through the need to strengthen the capacities in this field.       I take advantage of this occasion to express deep gratitude to all employees of the national health system. Especially to those involved in the treatment of the Covid-19 patients, who have been working in time trial, in not at all easy conditions, continuously fighting for saving the lives of the patients hit by this infection.   At the same time, the government highly appreciates the considerable and extremely valuable support provided by our international partners in combating the pandemic. Given that the pandemic crisis hit all states of the world, its consequences being felt especially by the vulnerable communities, the United Nations this year established the title of the World Health Day: Building a fairer and healthier world.   This fact is meant to highlight the need of directing the public policies to providing equal access to qualitative health services for the vulnerable groups.   The most important conclusion, which we are obliged to ascertain in full swing of the pandemic – orienting investments in the modernization of the health and education systems, represents the solid foundation for ensuring, for a medium-and long term, a prosperous state with a well-trained and sound society. I am united with the key message of this year: the health is a right, not at all a privilege.     At the same time, I call on the citizens of our country to be everybody aware of the responsibility which we bear together on this period of ordeal, understanding that each of us can contribute to the diminution of the spread of the infection through the observance of the sanitary norms: wearing the protection mask, washing and disinfecting hands, avoiding the crowded places and events and complying with the national vaccination programme – the only solutions to successfully overcome the pandemic.   Time is ripe for us to make joint efforts for a fairer and healthier world. Let us act locally and think globally.
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