Moldovan government to undertake all needed actions for holding free, transparent, democratic elections

Guvernul Republicii Moldova, 11 June 2021 16:00

Acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi had a meeting with the delegation of the ad-hoc committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the observation of the 11 July 2021 snap parliamentary elections, led by Stefan Schennach.   The participants in the meeting tackled also peculiarities of the carrying out of the election observation mission by the ad-hoc committee, including the working out of a report on the holding of the polls in Moldova, due to be presented at the PACE autumn session, on 27 September – 1 October 2021     The sides discussed aspects on the organization of the snap parliamentary elections, both in Moldova and abroad, the number of polling stations, including the peculiarities and the need of carrying out an electoral campaign according to the good practices in the field.  Aureliu Ciocoi assured that the Foreign Affairs and European Integration Ministry (MAEIE) had all logistic capacities necessary for the good organization of the polling stations abroad.     The participants in the meeting also approached the subjects on the acting government’s financial capacities to cover the needed expenses for the organization and carrying out of the ballot. The acting PM specified that 70 million lei had been allocated to this end for the moment.   The delegation members showed interest in the cabinet’s possibilities to ensure the sanitary protection norms at the elections. Aureliu Ciocoi said that the authorities already had this experience from the presidential polls from November 2020. Moreover, at present, the epidemiological situation is much friendlier than in the last autumn, due to the starting of the vaccination process. The acting PM gave assurances that all needed protection equipments and sanitary materials would be made available at the polling stations.   The sides also discussed Moldova’s cooperation with PACE and Council of Europe on the whole, the importance of implementation of the Council of Europe’s 2021-2024 Action Plan for Moldova, as well as of the justice reform.      „We appreciate a lot Moldova’s partnership with PACE and the interest in the developments in our country. We believe that the cooperation and expertise provided by the Council of Europe are indispensable in the context of the efforts of promoting the domestic reforms,’’ the acting PM stressed. He noted that the acting government would take all necessary measures for the holding of free, transparent and democratic elections.    

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Yesterday
19:30
Acting Prime Minister, Foreign Affairs and European Integration Minister Aureliu Ciocoi on 17 June participated in the Summit of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) at the level of heads of state and government, held in Antalya, Turkey. The main subjects on the agenda of the SEECP Summit were focused on the relations of the states from the South-East European region with the European Union. At the same time, the officials pointed out the convergence of opinions on the need of a more efficient coordination at the regional level on subjects of common interest, especially in the context of the challenges in the world.   The discussion reconfirmed the political commitment of the participating states for strengthening the cooperation regionally, including in the context of combating the pandemic and its effects. Following the discussions, the participants adopted a Joint Declaration and the Strategy of Development of the South-East Europe (SEE 2030). Acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi highlighted the major role of the European Union in providing support to the region on the pandemic period through financial assistance, medical equipment, vaccine consignments. Also, Ciocoi welcomed the results of the Turkish chairmanship-in-office and the contribution brought to the sectoral cooperation through the events organized.   The Moldovan diplomacy head noted the value added of Moldova’s participation in SEECP, which in the 25 years of its existence has proved its relevance as the principal political forum of dialogue in the region, with an essential role in facilitating the rapprochement of the participating countries with the European structures.
More than 2 days ago
18:00
Acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi has attended the launch of a volume of works by painter Igor Vieru, titled Album. A film director, Roland Vieru, the son of the book illustrator, took care of the appearance of this volume. An exhibition of eight portraits of great poets and writers was inaugurated at the event. The portraits are part of fine arts collection of the Mihail Kogalniceanu National Literature Museum. The edition appeared 33 years after the death of the art man Igor Vieru and comprises most of the works made during his life. On this occasion, acting PM Aureliu Ciocoi appreciated the high quality of the edition, noting that the pages of the volume of paintings contained history, emanated pride and many emotions of gratitude.     „This presentation is a proof of the fact that our land has a lot of talents who must be promoted not only inside the country, but also abroad. I believe that the obligation of each diplomatic mission of Moldova, which works abroad, is to have in its library at least several copies of this distinguished album, in order to present them to culture people from other states. And this is proof of the fact that we also have our Da Vinci, art people who, unfortunately, are quite poorly known abroad,’’ Aureliu Ciocoi said.    The acting prime minister also stressed the need to establish the office of cultural attaché at the diplomatic missions, so that the national and cultural values of Moldova’s nation are known and promoted outside the country. Igor Vieru was born in Romania, Cernoleuca village (presently north of Moldova) on 23 December 1923. He passed away on 24 May 1988. Vieru was book painter and illustrator. Along with Grigore Vieru and Spiridon Vangheli, he suggested the nicest and the friendliest ABC-book from the former USSR to the first form children. Igor Vieru illustrated numerous books for children.   
12:30
The cabinet of ministers today approved the quantum of the premiums due to be provided to the sportspeople achieving performances at the Summer Olympic Games, the 32nd issue and the Paralympic Games, the 16th issue, which will take place in Tokyo this year. „We must stimulate, including financially, the sportspeople who are members of the national team for the Olympic Games due in Tokyo this year. I hope that this would be a strong impetus for the representatives of our national sport. We would be quite happy to see fellow countrymen on the honorary podium of winners at Olympic events,’’ acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi said.    Under the draft, the sportspeople with performances will be awarded premiums as follows: Golden Medal – 3,000,000 lei; silver medal – 2,600,000 lei; bronze medal – 2,000,000 lei; 4th place – 600,000 lei; 5th place – 600,000 lei, 6th place – 400,000 lei; 7th place – 300,000 lei; 8th place – 200,000 lei.    The draft also envisages the providing of premiums to coaches, assisting staff, physicians and masseurs. The covering of the expenses is suggested to be made from the government’s Reserve Fund.   So far, 12 Moldovan sportspeople have qualified to the Tokyo Olympic Games and  seven sportspeople have qualified for the Paralympic Games. The Olympic Games were to take place in 2020; yet, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the International Olympic Committee ruled to postpone the Games for the 2021 summer.   
12:00
The acting cabinet of ministers today approved the allocation of 9.5 million lei from the government’s Reserve Fund for financing programmes of compensations underway within the First Home state programme. „This programme is quite important for young families from Moldova and if we endeavour to cease the exodus, especially of the young generation, I think that the First Home programme is one of the anchors which allow keeping young people in the country. Our duty is to find the means necessary to ensure the continuity of this programme,’’ acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi said.     The need of additional allocation of financial means appeared, after the Finance Ministry had recorded an increase in the number of beneficiaries, especially families with children and the allocations approved in the state budget law for 2021 No 258/2020 are practically fulfilled.   After analyzing demands for compensation approved for financing, for June 2021 alone, the Finance Ministry records an insufficiency of about 4 million lei, which may trigger the ceasing of the financing of the demands accepted in the programme and a higher risk of appearance of bad loans within the First Home state programme, because of the payment default of some beneficiaries. To avoid these risks, the acting cabinet, under another decision, approved the increase in allocations for the First Home programme by another two million lei. Pursuing this goal, as well as for other unforeseen needs, the cabinet ruled to supply the government’s Reserve Fund by 25.2 million lei. The financial means were identified at the expense of reserves of sub-programmes.    According to estimations by the Finance Ministry, 5,873 people will benefit from compensations programmes till late 2021.  
12:00
The cabinet of ministers today approved the state demand on the training of specialty staff according to professions, specialties in vocational education institutions for the 2021-2022 school year. Thus, the state demand provides for the admission of 8,279 people to vocational secondary education institutions with budgetary financing, of whom 929 places are seen for education at professional training programme through dual education. A number of 525 places are available under contract, by paying the education fee, in public and private institutions.     As many as 3,928 people with budgetary financing will be admitted to post-secondary non-tertiary vocational education institutions with budgetary financing, of whom 166 for education at professional training programme through dual education. The admission plan on contract basis, with the payment of the education fee in public and private institutions, sees the admission of 7,310 people. The admission plan with budgetary financing in vocational education includes for the next academic year an increase by 22 places based on gymnasium education, with the cutting of the number of places provided based on lyceum education and secondary education.  According to the Education, Culture and Research Ministry, the average cost for the education of one pupil within the professional education programmes based on lyceum education and secondary education is of about 30,000 lei annually.  
15 June 2021
14:30
Acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi, along with President Maia Sandu today participated in an event on the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the first wave of Stalinist deportations from 13 June 1941. The officials laid flowers at the Monument to the Deportees and Political Prisoners on the Square of the Railway Station in the memory of the deported victims. The acting PM recalled how, on 12-13 June 1941, thrifty people, intellectuals, people active in the society were deported. Ciocoi stressed that these tragic events must be included in the syllabi of the schools, so that the history remains alive and has no chances to be repeated: „More than 100,000 Moldovans in repeated waves were taken out of homes and carried to the GULAGS of the Bolsheviks. This page of our history must remain permanently alive. I call on the historians: I think that the nominal list of all Moldovans who became victims of the NKVD and the terror of the Bolsheviks is absent on this socle. I think that our duty and the one of our descendants is to carry this task through, to seek in archives, to open the still closed archives and so that we know exactly the family names and the first names of those who were deported and why. Another action which I deem as necessary can be painful for us – to learn also who denounced them.’’      In the context, Aureliu Ciocoi called on the society ‘’to have courage to put up resistance to any administrations which fall into autocracy and de defend with dignity the freedom and democracy, which are absolutely necessary elements for a free and prosperous future of our country.’’   The acting prime minister came up with a recommendation to imprint the names of all victims of Stalinist deportations on the concerned monument till 27 August 2021, when Moldova will mark the 30th anniversary of the Independence.  
14:30
Acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi today had a meeting with representatives of the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO). Head of the Mission Zlatko Vujovic introduced his team and presented its role in Moldova. The ENEMO mandate is to monitor the snap parliamentary elections due on 11 July and ensure integrity and transparency within this process. On this purpose, the Mission will delegate a team made up of seven basic experts and ten long-term observers.    The international observers informed about the experience within the five electoral processes carried out in Moldova in the last five years. They highlighted the technical problems on which they had come across, the high degree of mass media polarization and the management of the pre- and post-electoral activities. The acting PM welcomed the involvement of representatives of the international mission in the monitoring of the snap parliamentary polls due this summer. Aureliu Ciocoi stressed the need that this democratic exercise be held fairly, inclusively,  transparently and in absolute accordance with the European standards. The European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations is a non-governmental international organization. It was set up through the association of 21 national monitoring organizations from 17 countries of the Eastern and Central Europe and Central Asia, of which two European Union member states.    
11 June 2021
16:00
Acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi had a meeting with the delegation of the ad-hoc committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the observation of the 11 July 2021 snap parliamentary elections, led by Stefan Schennach.   The participants in the meeting tackled also peculiarities of the carrying out of the election observation mission by the ad-hoc committee, including the working out of a report on the holding of the polls in Moldova, due to be presented at the PACE autumn session, on 27 September – 1 October 2021     The sides discussed aspects on the organization of the snap parliamentary elections, both in Moldova and abroad, the number of polling stations, including the peculiarities and the need of carrying out an electoral campaign according to the good practices in the field.  Aureliu Ciocoi assured that the Foreign Affairs and European Integration Ministry (MAEIE) had all logistic capacities necessary for the good organization of the polling stations abroad.     The participants in the meeting also approached the subjects on the acting government’s financial capacities to cover the needed expenses for the organization and carrying out of the ballot. The acting PM specified that 70 million lei had been allocated to this end for the moment.   The delegation members showed interest in the cabinet’s possibilities to ensure the sanitary protection norms at the elections. Aureliu Ciocoi said that the authorities already had this experience from the presidential polls from November 2020. Moreover, at present, the epidemiological situation is much friendlier than in the last autumn, due to the starting of the vaccination process. The acting PM gave assurances that all needed protection equipments and sanitary materials would be made available at the polling stations.   The sides also discussed Moldova’s cooperation with PACE and Council of Europe on the whole, the importance of implementation of the Council of Europe’s 2021-2024 Action Plan for Moldova, as well as of the justice reform.      „We appreciate a lot Moldova’s partnership with PACE and the interest in the developments in our country. We believe that the cooperation and expertise provided by the Council of Europe are indispensable in the context of the efforts of promoting the domestic reforms,’’ the acting PM stressed. He noted that the acting government would take all necessary measures for the holding of free, transparent and democratic elections.    
9 June 2021
10:30
„To ensure the holding of the snap parliamentary elections from 11 July 2021, the government does its utmost for the financial coverage of the ballot’s good organization both in the country and abroad. Moreover, the government has showed no sign that it would not have capacity to cover the expenses for the opening of polling stations abroad, if their number would have been higher.     We are perplexed that CEC has not taken into account the recommendations of our colleagues from the diplomatic missions, which will face the situation to manage the voting process, especially in the countries where more of our fellow countrymen did not had possibility to exercise their constitutional right at the presidential elections from the autumn of 2020.   We regret that, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, they did not take into account the fact that the opening of more polling stations would have allowed a more efficient ensuring of the protection and social distancing measures.     Proceeding from the fact that CEC has full competences to autonomously decide on the polling stations from abroad, we encourage CEC to revise its decision from 5 June 2021, taking into consideration the recommendations formulated by our colleagues from the Foreign Affairs and European Integration Ministry, especially in the case of the countries where queues appeared and all the 5,000 ballot papers were exhausted, just before the time of the closing of the polling stations,’’ acting PM Aureliu Ciocoi said.   
7 June 2021
9:30
The members of the National Extraordinary Public Health Commission (CNESP), at a today’s online meeting, adopted a string of measures for the prevention and combating of the COVID-19 infection during the organization and carrying out of elections, in order to protect the health condition of the participants in the snap parliamentary elections, scheduled for 11 July 2021.   The CNESP decision sees the compulsory protection measures for the voters, electoral civil servants, as well as for the electoral contenders. In the context, the headquarters of the electoral bureaus and polling stations are to be endowed with disinfectant products for hands; the rooms will be disinfected once in three hours and aired often.   The CNESP members recommend the organization of the work of the electoral bureaus/polling stations at other institutions/buildings than the early education institutions.     The participants in the meeting approved an Instruction on the way the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) is to organize and carry out the ballots in conditions of the pandemic situation through the COVID-19 infection. The document describes clear-cut rules of organizing the electoral process, measures of protection of the voters, employees of the electoral bureaus, electoral contenders, as well as detailed instructions on the rules of conduct necessary to be observed on the electoral period at the headquarters of the electoral body; during the events organized within the electoral campaign; on the day of elections and on the immediately next period.       "Finally, the Central Electoral Commission has a legal framework of activity in pandemic conditions. In this respect, I thank all colleagues from CEC, State Chancellery and Health Ministry for cooperation and the effort made to edit this document,’’ acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi said at the meeting.      In continuation, the measures of epidemiological security, established and enforced on the pandemic period, are maintained. Thus, the wearing of masks remains to be compulsory in all closed public places, including the public transport, as well as in the open spaces, where it is not possible to observe the physical distance of at least 1 metre.   
9:30
Acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi hosted a meeting with representatives of the mediators and observers in the Transnistrian settlement, the so-called 3+2 format.   The delegation is on a working visit to Moldova and is led by Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for Transnistrian Settlement Process on behalf of Sweden Thomas Mayr-Harting. The sides assessed the present stage of the negotiations and possibilities to boost the works as to the Transnistrian problem settlement, based on the principle of observance of Moldova’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.   „Moldova’s national goal is to find long-term political solutions to settle the Transnistrian conflict. There are no confrontations between the Moldovan citizens from both banks of Dniester. The Chisinau government makes no difference between its citizens, no matter the bank of Dniester where they live,’’ Aureliu Ciocoi said. He thanked for the support provided to Moldova through the observers in the Transnistria-related subjects and spoke out for a constructive dialogue.       The delegation’s representatives appreciated the positive dynamic following the varied assistance of the government in combating the pandemic in Moldova’s Transnistrian region. ‘’It is our obligation to provide every needed support to the residents from Moldova’s Transnistrian region, ensured including through the free of charge supply of medical articles and anti-Covid vaccines from stocks received by Moldova,’’ the acting PM specified.       The officials set the priorities, in order to prepare the actions necessary, which will be set forth and considered at the Permanent Conference for Political Issues in the Transnistrian Settlement Process (5+2 format of negotiations), which is to convene in Stockholm in next autumn.     In the afternoon, the delegation members pay a working visit to Tiraspol.
9:30
Acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi had a meeting with the members of the European Commission’s Delegation, led by Deputy Director-General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Katariná Mathernová. The EU official presented the plan on economic recovery for Moldova, elaborated by the European Union, with a financing of 600 million euros.   The financial means are to be provided to Moldova during three years and are meant to support the recovery of the national economy through five key sectors: backing in the management of public money; support of small- and medium-sized enterprises, including the facilitation of the export to the EU market and development of rural communities; development of infrastructure, including the continuing of projects on the inter-connection of the electro-energy systems with the ones from Romania; investments in education and justice reform; combating corruption and strengthening the capacities of the state’s institutions to this end. At the same time, the European officials said that Moldova was the first state among the Eastern Partnership countries to benefit from such a plan on economic recovery on behalf of EU.       The acting PM highly appreciated the support provided to Moldova by the European Union, noting that this was a strong signal of solidarity with Moldova, which has no other option but the European integration. ‘’This plan represents a solid support, aimed at improving the living standards of our citizens. Priority represents the actions to reform the justice and turn to good account the investments in infrastructure. I hope that Moldova will have capacities to start the plan immediately after the holding of the snap parliamentary elections and swearing in office of a functional government,’’ Aureliu Ciocoi said.      The acting prime minister also stressed the importance of the assistance provided by EU to overcome the pandemic crisis, through the supply of protection equipment, medical equipment and anti-Covid vaccines to Moldova.   In another context, the officials discussed preparations for the elections due on 11 July 2021 and the need to open enough polling stations abroad. The PM said that ‘’Moldova’s government will carry out all necessary actions for the good organization and holding of a free, transparent and democratic ballot.
9:30
On 4 June, 30 years ago, the foundations of the banking system from our country were laid, with the setting up of the National Bank of Moldova. On this period, BNM had an impressive way; it overcame multiple challenges, crises, as well as launched and guided reforms of the banking and financial sector from our country.      I want to offer sincere thanks and wishes of good health to all those who were at the basis of this fundamental institution from Moldova, those who contributed and those who continue to work day by day for the good functioning, development and flourishing of BNM and the country alike.    Dear BNM employees, I wish you in continuation inspiration and dedication for the successful fulfillment of the institutional duty, aimed at promoting and maintaining a viable financial system, based on the market principles and at the country’s economic development. May your professional activity be further guided by institutional values, such as reliability, responsibility, performance and practices of good governance. At the same time, by continuing the modernization of the BNM services, through adapting them to the current needs of the national economy.    Acting Prime Minister, Aureliu Ciocoi
3 June 2021
9:30
The government has received a letter of thanks submitted on behalf of the family of Aliona Hamdia, a Moldovan citizen repatriated from the Gaza Strip on 27 May 2021.   „On behalf of the Hamdia family, we expresses the sincerest thanks to Moldova’s government, Foreign Affairs and European Integration Ministry, Moldova’s Embassy in the State of Israel, Moldova’s Embassy in Ukraine, Moldova’s Embassy in Ankara for the operative and professional involvement in our brining home in safety from the Gaza Strip.   We express special gratitude to the entire diplomatic corps, which is an exceptional team and serves the country with much passion. Due to an army of professional civil servants from Chisinau, Kiev, Odessa, Ankara, Tel-Aviv, Cairo, we managed to arrive home in safety and could embrace our parents and close relatives.   We appreciate much the allocation of a large sum by Moldova’s government on this purpose; we felt that we had a state behind us which can help us. Certainly, this was a successful mission. Continue to provide the support necessary for the Moldovans at risk in the long run as well,’’ reads the letter of thanks by Aliona Hamdia.       On 27 May this year, 13 Moldovan citizens from the Gaza Strip were successfully repatriated, due to the necessary actions undertaken by the crisis cell from the Foreign Affairs and European Integration Ministry (MAEIE), together with the national competent institutions, Moldova’s Embassies in Tel-Aviv, Ankara, Kiev and the consulate from Odessa.   The Moldovan citizens evacuated were provided with transport means up to Cairo, health insurances, food products, as well as strictly necessary products. At the same time, foreign affairs representatives contributed to the urgent issuance of travel documents, carrying out the PCR tests, necessary for Moldova’s citizens to enter Egypt, respectively to continue their trip by a special airship made available by the government of Ukraine.    The MAEIE’s crisis cell initially administered a list of 31 people, who wanted to return to Moldova, with 150,000 lei allocated from the Intervention Fund for the evacuation mission, on 19 May 2021.  
2 June 2021
9:00
Today, 1 June, we mark the first summer day and, respectively, we celebrate the Children’s Day. Even we do not enjoy a sunny day, nevertheless, this holiday brings us warmth in souls and smiles on faces, either we admire our children or recall our own childhood.   On this occasion, I convey sincere congratulations to all children of Moldova, wishing them a happy childhood, in full safety; may they are brought up in the unconditional love of the parents and enjoy the care of all adults from the society.   Dear friends,   It is our responsibility to create the best conditions to protect the children and that they are brought up harmoniously in the family and in the society. Their chances to life depend on the quality of life from the first days, on the access to quality public services, either it is about health, education, or it is about the infrastructure – drinking water, transport and street illumination, which contributes to the children’s safety. And the chances should be as equal and fair as possible, so that no child is left behind, no matter the geographical zone from which he/she comes, the ethic or linguistic community he/she is a member of or the income of the child’s family.     And given that the school year ended on 31 May, which was held in special conditions, I want to offer thanks to all pupils, students and teachers. Both the pupils and teachers had to cope with the challenges and adapt to the conditions of the online education regime. I recognize that it was not easy, but we succeeded together! It was an exercise which had to be solved both by the pupils and the teachers. In this respect, I express high appreciations to the teachers who proved resistance, flexibility and dedication, putting at risk their health, in order to train the pupils and ensure the education process.     In the end, I express gratitude to all those who take care of our country’s children and to their utmost for them to fully develop their potential and gifts.    A happy holiday, dear children of Moldova!  
9:00
For the second year in a row, Moldova joins the European community on the carrying out of activities dedicated to the EU Green Week. This event is an extra opportunity to rethink our relation with the environment, to show a more conscious attitude towards each form of life surrounding us.     I want, on this occasion, to thank Mr. Sinkevicius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, who conveyed the greeting message on the occasion of the EU Green Week, at an invitation by Moldova.    The pandemic we are going through reminded us including about the value of the nature and the urgency to protect it, about the intrinsic connection between a clean and prosperous environment and our own health.     Presently, we are more than ever vulnerable to the environmental threats, facing not only the phenomenon of climate changes, but also the challenges of ensuring a post-pandemic sustainable recovery. Namely for these reasons, our collective responsibility becomes ever greater in advancing on the way of a harmonious and sustainable development.     The quality of the environment does not stop at the state’s borders and an authentic ecological transformation is carried out only through joint efforts. In this respect, Moldova continues to remain a good will partner within the international dialogue platforms dedicated to the environment and climate actions.   We are with the global community in the actions of conservation of the biodiversity, reducing the greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable development of the water resources and preventing the pollution with chemical substances.     Thus, Moldova joined all international treaties in the field of climate change, such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Kyoto Protocol and more recently the Paris Agreement.      Through the ratification of these international acts, our country recognized the importance of the climate changes in the global context and, especially, assumed ambitious commitments of reducing the greenhouse gas emissions.      Recent data shows that we have managed to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by 69 per cent against 1990.   The most significant reductions of the emissions were recorded in agriculture and the sector of producing the electric and thermal energy. By 2030, Moldova committed to unconditionally reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by 70 per cent against 1990, in order to bring its contribution to the Paris Agreement.   We will also bring our contribution to the good carrying out of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, due in Glasgow in 2021.     The subject of the edition of the EU Green Week from this year is the ‘’zero pollution’’ goal.       It is contained also among the environment priorities of Moldova, being also provided for in the Environment Strategy and a string of sectoral documents on the protection of waters, soil and air. The provisions of the Moldova-EU Association Agreement in the environment and climate actions sector seriously contributes to the fulfillment of these priorities, getting Moldova more and more closer to the European standards and good practices.       We expect an active cooperation with the European Union in the carrying out of the objectives of the European Green Deal through the public policies adjusted, as well as concrete projects, such as EU for Environment.     Dear citizens, dear friends,   At present, more than ever, it is necessary that we everybody learn taking care of the place which is home for us, joining around a common goal – to live in a clean and sound environment.     I have so far spoken about our global objectives; yet, their carrying out depends very much on each of us, locally.      We will succeed, if we observe simple rules:   - to consume the water and energy resources more rationally,   - to plant more trees and take care of our woods,   - to produce less waste and deposit it in arranged places,   - to keep cleanliness in parks, woods, lakes and rivers,   - to reduce to the minimum the use of plastic products,   - to do our utmost to protect the nature!     Together, we can ensure the zero pollution goal, for healthier people and a sounder planet.     Thank you!. 
1 June 2021
11:00
The Prime Ministers of Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine have submitted a joint letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on the cooperation with the European Union in the field of access to anti-COVID-19 vaccine.   The three officials said that, at present, the vaccination stayed the key instrument for ensuring the residents’ health and preventing the economic recessions, triggered by anti-pandemic restrictions. Welcoming the delivery of consignments of vaccine through the COVAX platform and bilateral channels, the officials stress the importance of the possibility of direct purchasing from the producer or partner countries, in order to ensure the sustainability and efficiency of the vaccination process.         Thus, pointing out the positive developments taking place in the European Union as regards the supply with stocks of vaccine, Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine asked for the European Commission’s support to include the Eastern Partnership countries in the EU vaccine sharing mechanism.      Also, the officials asked to consider possibility of applying in relation with the Eastern Partnership countries the mechanisms of support recently used in the case of the states from the Western Balkans, which will allow providing a sufficient quantity of vaccine doses in reasonable time.   The three associated countries highly appreciated the solidarity proved by EU with the eastern neighbourhood countries within the Team Europe, due to which the needed assistance was delivered to back the health systems and provide economic support measures.   The joint letter fits into the efforts of boosting the cooperation in the European integration sector and the Eastern Partnership between the three countries signatory of the Association Agreements with the European Union.    
28 May 2021
16:00
The cabinet of ministers today voted a draft decision, which sees the extension by one year of the term of implementation of the programme, START for young people: a sustainable business at home. The amendments also provide for the extension of the eligibility term for applying to the programme till 2 years after the enterprise’s registration or foundation, which will give possibility to a larger number of young people to benefit from financial support in the phase of the business’ launch and development. So far, decision-makers have found out that many companies set up by young people were not able to benefit from the Programme’s opportunities, for reasons of non-fitting of the company’s age. Respectively, the term of one year for enterprises was limiting the participation of young people who started a business and are at the incipient stage of its development.        The programme’s goal is to enhance the social and economic impact by stimulating the taking over and the enforcement of good practices in the economy, creation of jobs, increase the volume of investments in the economy, etc. It is worth mentioning that the public nourishment sector was considerably hit by the COVID-19 crisis; thus, the Start for Young People programme will represent an additional support for young people who started businesses in this field.    „It is about a programme for the young generation from Moldova, through which we hope much that the exodus abroad will be diminished and this will allow young people to edify their foundation here, at home,’’ acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi said. As much as 20,000 thousand lei will be earmarked from the state budget for the Programme’s implementation for 2021.   The participants in the cabinet meeting approved also the Programme of activities of the country’s reintegration for 2021. The programme’s goal is to finance projects of community interest in settlements from the Security Zone, meant to contribute to the promotion of confidence building measures between the residents from the two banks of Dniester and for the achievement of the governmental objective of Moldova’s reintegration.     
16:00
The government today approved a 2.3-per cent increase in the scholarships for pupils and students. The pupils and students from the higher and vocational, post-secondary/post-secondary ton-tertiary and secondary vocational education institutions will enjoy higher scholarships. The pupils studying in arts schools and the gifted pupils will receive scholarships worth from 380 to 560 lei. The sum of the scholarship for the students from the higher education institutions and pupils from the post-secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary vocational education will vary between 945 and 1,015 lei.   The students training for doctor’s decree of the first, second and third years will benefit from scholarships worth 1,245, 1,375 and 1,420 lei. The resident physicians will also receive scholarships depending on the academic year – from 1,245 up to 1,420 lei.   The merit scholarships: of the Republic, of Moldova’s President, of the Government and the Gaudeamus scholarship will vary between 990 and 1,640 lei. The cabinet ruled that a supplement equal with the difference between the scholarship established and the scholarship paid for the period beginning with 1 January 2021 till present is paid to pupils and students.     The sum envisaged to this end is of 5.7 million lei.  
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The government has allocated 410,000 lei from the state budget for second-level local public administration authorities, in order to be able to provide one-off allowances to ten beneficiaries from three districts: Nisporeni Rascani and Chisinau. It is about seven participants in combat actions for the defence of Moldova’s territorial integrity and independence and three participants in the combat actions in Afghanistan. Also at the today’s meeting, the cabinet ruled that the veterans who took part in the Chernobyl accident relief works and who have medical contraindications to be treated in spas and sanatoriums will be able to benefit from financial compensation in exchange for holiday vouchers. According to the National Social Insurances House, 24 people will benefit from such compensations.   „The veterans who were in Chernobyl and who, for health reasons, cannot go to sanatoriums, as a matter of fact provided by the state for free, can benefit in exchange from the financial equivalent value of these holiday vouchers, which seems to me absolutely correct,’’ acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi said.
26 May 2021
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Acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi today received Ambassador of Romania to Moldova Daniel Ionita. The officials exchanged opinions on the Moldovan-Romanian relations and discussed the current epidemiological situation on the two banks of Prut. The sides tackled subjects on the economic cooperation, implementation of cross-border projects of common interest, as well as prospects for the active development in infrastructure sectors.   The acting PM thanked for the support provided by the Romanian authorities in diverse fields during time, including for agriculture and combating the pandemic. In particular, Aureliu Ciocoi thanked the Romanian diplomat for the humanitarian assistance provided in the medical sector and the doses of vaccine delivered in due time, which are so necessary for starting the process of the residents’ immunization. Daniel Ionita reiterated the Romanian state’s continuous willingness to provide the needed support to Moldova’s citizens in the fight against the Covid-19 virus. The Romanian ambassador to Moldova stressed the Bucharest government’s commitment in backing and encouraging Moldova as to the aspirations of integration in the European area.    
25 May 2021
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Acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi today received at the government a delegation of European MPs, on a working visit to Chisinau.   The delegation is made up of the head of the delegation for the relations with Moldova of the European Parliament, Siegfried Muresan, president on behalf of the European Parliament at the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, Andrius Kubilius, and the deputy president on behalf of the European Parliament at the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, Andrzej Halicki.   The officials discussed up-to-date subjects regarding Moldova’s relations with the European Union, including the challenges triggered by the pandemic regionally and at the world level, as well as the joint efforts made to combat the economic effects emerged against the background of the Covid-19 crisis.     At the meeting, the acting Prime Minister said that EU remained a strategic partner of Moldova and appreciated the dynamic and constructive dialogue held by Moldova with EU. Aureliu Ciocoi voiced gratitude for the support provided by European partners to Moldova, supplying the country with the needed equipment and anti-Covid vaccines.   „The institutions from EU and Romania represented an essential factor in this process and allowed us to receive the first vaccines back in last March. Thus, we managed to protect the first-line medical staff,’’ Ciocoi said.    Romanian MEP Siegfried Muresan said that EU would continue backing Moldova in the process of managing the pandemic. At the same time, he reiterated the European Union’s willingness to strengthen the cooperation in diverse fields of common interest, such the justice reformation and combating corruption.   Special attention was paid to the subject of the snap parliamentary elections, which will take place in Moldova in next summer. The European officials urged the Moldovan authorities to ensure democratic, transparent and fair elections. Acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi stressed that the preparations for the 11 July snap polls were carried out in accordance with the international standards. He gave assurances that the electoral process would take place with the observance of all safety norms, so that the citizens of Moldova and from the Diaspora can exercise their right to vote.  
24 May 2021
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Acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi met  with the Special Representative of the Swedish OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for the Transdniestrian Settlement Process, Thomas Mayr-Harting.   On the agenda of the discussions were several topical issues aimed at the process of settling the Transnistrian conflict. In particular, there was talk of ensuring free movement between both banks of the Dniester and removing restrictions imposed during the pandemic, respecting fundamental human rights and security challenges in the region, continuing the dialogue and maintaining a positive dynamic within the negotiating platforms and the need to establish and prepare a new round of meetings in the 5 + 2 format.   Thomas Mayr-Harting stressed the need to move forward in the Transnistrian conflict settlement process and step up the authorities' efforts to achieve tangible results this year.   Aureliu Ciocoi said that the authorities of the Republic of Moldova are making joint efforts in order to maintain a constructive dialogue, and the Government's priority is to solve the problems faced by the inhabitants of the two banks of the Dniester.   Ciocoi noted that Moldova continues to rely on the support of external partners and the OSCE in identifying a viable solution to a lasting political settlement of the frozen conflict in the east of the country.
20 May 2021
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The cabinet of ministers have ruled the allocation of 2.2 million lei from the government’s emergency funds for the families of the medical staff who died in the fight with the COVID-19 virus. Therefore, 22 families will benefit from a one-off allowance worth 100,000 lei. Under the document, the financial assistance will be provided to the relatives of the medical employees, whose death occurred after 17 March 2020 because of the complications triggered by Covid-19. The financial support is exempted from the income tax and the payment of mandatory social insurances contributions.   „This is the first decision of this kind. Even in the conditions of an acting cabinet, Moldova’s government observes its commitments taken before the families of the medical staff who died in the fight against Covid-19. Respecting and paying homage to the physicians who died in the fight with this pandemic and as far as possible, we ruled to allocate a first installment for these families,’’ acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi said.   The acting cabinet approved a draft decision, which provides for the negotiation by the Health, Labour and Social Protection Ministry (MSMPS) and ordering of a consignment of 700,000 doses of anti-COVID-19 vaccine, produced by the BioNTech/Pfizer Company. According to the document, the batch of vaccines for the residents’ immunization is to be supplied to Moldova in September-October this year.   „This is an important decision and if we manage to purchase the consignment of 700,000 doses of vaccine, then this implies that 350,000 people will be vaccinated with two doses,’’ Aureliu Ciocoi said.   The cabinet of ministers also ruled the allocation of 150,000 lei from the government’s intervention fund for the evacuation of 31 Moldova’s citizens from the Gaza Strip. It is about seven women and 24 children, who need authorities’ intervention to leave the region bombed with rockets launched in Israel for 19 days already.  
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