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Moldova1, 19 September 2023 17:00

Moldova wants to become the EU’s newest member, pushing to be offered a clear path to accession when Brussels unveils its latest expansion plans next month despite fears that joining could drag the bloc into a decades-old frozen conflict with Russia.

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The new Minister of Finance, Petru Rotaru, took the oath of office today, in the presence of President Maia Sandu.
President Maia Sandu expressed her condolences to Ion Druță's family, to the readers and to all those who knew him.
Last 12 hours
Seizure of 2.5 million lei of marijuana. The police detained four people aged between 35 and 45 from Chisinau and the south of the country.
This morning, at 10 o'clock, in Moscow, the writer Ion Druță died at the age of 95. The sad news comes from the writer's niece, who was with him in the last moments of his life.
The first 10 candidates for the position of mayor of Chisinau in the general local elections of November 5 were registered by the Central Electoral Commission (CEC).
The president of ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh, Samvel Shahramanyan, issued a decree Thursday effectively dissolving the self-proclaimed republic, CNN reports.
On Thursday, September 28, President Maia Sandu signed the decree appointing Petru Rotaru to the position of Minister of Finance. Rotaru is to take his oath, today, at 15:00, in the presence of the President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met with the new British Defense Secretary, Grant Shapps, who is on a visit to Kiev, informs RBC, cited by Rador.
The Parliament Speaker Igor Grosu had a meeting in Dublin with a group of Moldovans settled in Ireland. The head of the legislature spoke to them about the priorities for this end of the year and that the Parliament, together with the Government and the Presidency, are working so that, one day, the Republic of Moldova becomes a member country of the European Union, so that our villages and towns look like in European Union.
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Citizens with the right to vote can request information about the organization of the general local elections on November 5 by calling the Call Center at (+373) 22 880101. The Center will operate until November 21, 2023.
Portugal will continue to support the Republic of Moldova in the European integration process. The subject was discussed by deputies Angela Munteanu-Pojoga and Iulia Dascălu with Portuguese deputies.
More than 13,500 people had arrived in Armenia from Nagorno-Karabakh by Tuesday, the Armenian foreign ministry told CNN.
Mercenaries from the Russian Wagner Group are back fighting on the front line in Ukraine, a senior Ukrainian military official told POLITICO on Wednesday.
The activity of the Moldovan-Romanian border crossing point in Leușeni will be suspended on September 28 between 11.00 and 13.00, due to the works to replace the underground cables on the territory of the customs post.
The President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, hopes that the EU will open accession negotiations with Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova by the end of the year, asking that the hopes of these candidate countries not be disappointed, reports Agerpres.
On Defender's Day, on October 1, a large-scale moment of silence will be held throughout Ukraine in memory of all fallen soldiers. This was announced by the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, reports Ukrinform.
The Parliament Speaker of the Republic of Moldova, Igor Grosu, will participate in the European Conference of Parliament Speakers from the member states of the Council of Europe. The meeting will take place on September 28-29, in Dublin.
Head of State Maia Sandu will pay a visit to Portugal. In this context, the president invited our fellow citizens settled there to a discussion scheduled for October 2. The meeting, says Maia Sandu, will take place in Porto Salvo.
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Iulian Muntean, a member of the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM), has resigned after being implicated in a corruption scandal. He submitted his resignation to the Parliament’s Secretariat on September 26, according to the Parliament’s Directorate for Communication and Public Relations.
The European Commission (EC) launched a €7 billion call for transport projects on Tuesday, with Moldova and Ukraine eligible to apply for funding for the first time.
Russian forces have targeted Ukrainian ports along the Danube River in a series of devastating attacks, resulting in casualties and significant infrastructure damage.
In the past week, there has been an increase in cyber attacks on several websites, the Government of the Republic of Moldova announced.
Moldovan President Maia Sandu signed a decree on September 26 to dismiss Alexandr Stoianoglo as Prosecutor General. The decree was issued based on a decision by the Superior Council of Prosecutors (CSP) on May 23, 2022.
The Central Election Commission of Moldova announced on Tuesday that the nomination period for candidates for mayors and councillors has begun. This process was preceded by the formation of electoral councils in each district.
A mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is in Chisinau, Moldova, to discuss the country's budget, macroeconomic outlook, and European integration. The mission, led by Clara Mira, will be in Chisinau until October 6.
Moldovan President Maia Sandu said that her government cannot investigate the discovery of missile fragments in the separatist-controlled region of Transnistria.
25 September 2023
The statements made by French President Emmanuel Macron from various forums on the possible enlargement of the European Union in France also mean concrete actions to analyse the feasibility of partners for this process. On the one hand, it is a question of the readiness of countries with candidate status, such as those in the Balkans, but also Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova, and on the other, of the ability to keep the European institutions functional. In July, Jean-Louis Bourlanges, chairman of the Foreign Policy Committee, presented an extensive report on this issue to the French National Assembly. Journalist Ludmila Barba spoke to the French official in the EUROPEAN VECTOR. Below is their dialogue.
The parliamentary faction of the Bloc of Communists and Socialists (BCS) announced on September 25 that it will introduce a motion of no confidence against the government.
A romantic evening of music kicked off the European Heritage Days at the National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History (MNEIN) in Chisinau, Moldova on September 25, 2023.
Moldovan Prime Minister Dorin Recean on Monday presented the "Spor pentru Moldova" (Boost for Moldova) program, which is designed to support the economy and citizens of Moldova.
Matteo Messina Denaro, the long-hunted head of the Sicilian Mafia, died on Monday in a hospital in central Italy, the ANSA news agency reported. He was 62.
24 September 2023
The pen used by the president of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, to sign the official application for the country's accession to the European Union, was sold at a charity auction for the sum of 6,000 euros. It happened during an event hosted by the non-governmental organization "Child, Community, Family". The name of the owner of the historic pen was not revealed.
The "Chance" party has announced its candidate for the position of general mayor of the Chisinau municipality. It is Cristina Vulpe. This was announced during an event attended by representatives of the former outlawed "Sor" party.
Another party has announced its candidate for the position of mayor of Chisinau. It is about Ștefan Gligor, the president of the Change Party.
Human rights lawyers working with Ukraine’s public prosecutor are preparing a war crimes dossier to submit to the international criminal court (ICC) accusing Russia of deliberately causing starvation during the 18-month-long conflict, The Guardian reports.
From under 500 new cases reported per week two months ago, Romania exceeded 11,000 new cases of Covid reported last week. A 26-fold increase. In USA, the health authorities announced that they will resume the distribution of free Covid tests, in order not to get out of control of the infections, reports Digi24.
A second shipment of Ukrainian wheat reached Turkey via the Black Sea on Sunday, according to maritime traffic monitoring sites, AFP reports.
Moldelectrica employees will be able to intervene more quickly in case of accidents at high-voltage power lines, and this will increase the efficiency and safety of electricity transmission services. Through the USAID mission, the United States Government donated ten drones. The event took place in the village of Corbu in the Dondușeni district, where, for four days, the 13 employees were trained by American experts.
More than 100 volunteer firefighters from the Republic of Moldova, Romania and Austria demonstrated their skills and exchanged experience during a festival that took place in the village of Capaclia, Cantemir district. The rescuers say that although it is extremely hard and dangerous work, they are ready to save people in risk situations.
23 September 2023
The political commentator, Roman Mihăeș, is the candidate of the National Liberal Party (PNL) from Moldova for the position of mayor of Chisinau. A decision in this sense was taken today, during the Municipal Organization Conference of the formation.
A landslide in western Sweden caused a huge sinkhole on a major highway to Norway early Saturday, and three people were injured when their cars and a bus skidded off the road, police said, AP reports.
A fire and subsequent explosions at a golf ball factory in southern Taiwan killed at least five people and injured more than 100 others, and five people are still missing, AP reports.
Annually, approximately 1.8 billion dollars reach the Republic of Moldova through illicit trade schemes, according to an analysis carried out by the economist Veaceslav Ioniță. He also claims that over $500 million is leaving the country through overpriced purchases. In order to develop a sustainable, efficient and transparent system, the relevant authorities have developed a national public procurement program for 2023-2026.
Russia sees surging oil and gas revenues helping to replenish its National Wellbeing Fund in the next three years, even as it plans massive hikes in defense spending for its war in Ukraine and wrestles with a price cap on crude sales imposed by Kyiv’s allies, Bloomberg reports.
The Minister of Defense of the Armed Forces of France, Sébastien Lecornu, is making an official visit to the Republic of Moldova at the invitation of the Minister of Defense, Anatolie Nosatîi. The officials will meet at the headquarters of the defense institution on Monday, September 25, where they will make press statements, the institution informs in a statement.
Following Ukraine's attack on the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol, at least 9 people were killed and 16 wounded, including Russian generals, said the head of Ukraine's Main Intelligence Directorate Kriilo Budanov. However, he did not specify whether Western-made missiles were used to attack.
22 September 2023
Former Moldovan lawmaker Arina Spătaru, who is now the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova (ALDE), has claimed that she was an undercover agent in an operation by the Security and Intelligence Service (SIS) to expose Ilan Șor, a fugitive businessman and politician.
The European Union has called for the suspension of Russia from the United Nations Security Council, where it has veto power.
Non-governmental media organisations have condemned the perpetuation of abusive and illegal practices by Tiraspol against journalists, and called on the constitutional authorities of the Republic of Moldova to ensure the rights and freedoms of their citizens guaranteed by law.
In a recent development, the newly appointed member of the Consiliul Superior al Magistraturii (CSM), Iulian Muntean, who failed to inform the Pre-Vetting Commission of an ongoing criminal investigation, has hinted at the possibility of resigning.
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