1,375 families, young people purchased homes using First Home Program

Guvernul Republicii Moldova, 12 February 2019 17:00

Nearly one year after the launch of the First Home government program, 1003 families and 372 unmarried youngsters have bought the first home.   "The First Home Program has exceeded the government's expectations. It is much more effective than I thought at the first stage. Banks began to compete with each other and offer lower interest rates than assumed.  For us, it is important that people stay at home with family,” Filip said.   Through the five banks participating in the program, credits were granted in this period of 662 million lei, and the amount of guarantees offered by the state is almost 331 million lei.   Of the total dwellings, 1284 were purchased in the cities and 91 - in the villages. The average age of the beneficiaries is 31 years.   This year, another 3,000 credits will be granted to young people and families who will use the First Home program.   The program offers facilities to families with children. Thus, the state covers 10% of the apartment price for families with one child, 25% - for two, 50% - for families with three children, and for children with 4 and more children, the state pays the entire amount, the family paying only interest rates.   The programme was launched at the initiative of Prime Minister Pavel Filip on 26 March 2018.   More information about the programme can be found at www.primacasa.gov.md and at the following telephone numbers: (022) 22 60 65, (022) 22 60 53, (022) 26 25 52.

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17:30
The biggest project on energy interconnection between Moldova and Romania continues by the extension of the gas pipeline Iasi-Ungheni up to Chisinau. The works of construction of the pipeline Ungheni-Chisinau started today, in the presence of Prime Minister Pavel Filip and Vice Prime Minister for Romania’s Strategic Partnerships’ Implementation Ana Birchall.     The Prime Minister said that the project was of national interest and of strategic importance. By almost one million cubic metres of gas per year was supplied through the Iasi-Ungheni pipeline. This means that the Ungheni city and another several settlements have enjoyed Romanian gas in the last years. After the implementation of the second phase and investments worth 93 million euros, the Ungheni-Chisinau gas pipeline with a length of 120 km will be able to provide Moldova with all needed volume of gas.      „Today, in fact, we make the second step towards the energy security and independence. After many years when the gas price was used as a scarecrow by those who were supplying it to Moldova, we are getting close to the day when this will no longer happen. Our country will be able to take decisions for the benefit of the citizens, without risking dangers. And this because we have the second alternative source,” the prime minister said.   Also, Pavel Filip noted that namely concrete projects connected Moldova and Romania even more. “The unification is symbolically occurring at present in this way as well. The unification is made through concrete projects and not by statements. Through connection to the Romanian gas system, our country is connecting to the European gas system. Romania connects Moldova to Europe,” the prime minister stressed.      For her part, Romanian Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall reiterated Romania’s firm commitment to further back Moldova in its European integration, including through energy infrastructure projects. “Romania has been and will remain the firmest supporter of Moldova. Through such strategic projects, we pursue the carrying out of an irreversible connection of Moldova to the European space and we want to contribute to ensuring better living standards for each citizen of Moldova,” Ana Birchall emphasized.      The Ungheni-Chisinau gas pipeline represents the second stage of the Iasi-Ungheni-Chisinau interconnection project. The Iasi-Ungheni pipeline was set working in 2014 and now the gas pipeline is to be extended in the direction Ungheni-Chisinau. The implementation of the second phase of the project implies the construction of the gas transportation pipeline, three stations of natural gas delivery and endowment of the management centre from Ghidighici. The works will be carried out by the Transgaz company in a period of 23 months. At the same time, company’s representatives said that the gas pipeline might be completed in a one-year term.     
17:30
Prime Minister Pavel Filip today had a meeting with Vice Prime Minister for Romania’s Strategic Partnerships’ Implementation Ana Birchall. The officials exchanged opinions on the bilateral cooperation in the fields of energy, environment, education and culture.   The Prime Minister thanked Romania for the constant support provided. “We thank for everything Romania has done for Moldova. It is important that you backed us when we needed this most of all. This means true friendship,” Pavel Filip said.     In particular, the officials highlighted the energy interconnection projects, on reconstruction of kindergartens, culture buildings, delivery of school mini-buses, as well as environmental projects, including the cleaning of the bottom of the Bac river.     The sides agreed to continue the cooperation in these sectors and to carry out the agreements reached at a joint meeting of the Moldovan and Romanian cabinets. Among them, there is also the removing of the roaming tariffs between the two countries.     Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall noted that these connections were the best bridges between Moldova and Romania. “We have always been by the side of Moldova. My visit to Chisinau is a continuation of the issues discussed at the joint meeting of the two governments,” Ana Birchall said.   At the same time, Prime Minister Pavel Filip congratulated Romania on the taking over of the first presidency of the Council of the European Union. He expressed confidence that it would be successful and would bring benefits to Moldova as well.   The officials also exchanged opinions on the parliamentary polls due in Moldova. The Prime Minister stressed that the authorities would provide all needed conditions for the holding of a fair, transparent ballot, in line with the international standards. 
14 February 2019
9:00
The Moldovan-Hungarian dialogue is on the rise and gives possibility to develop bilateral projects in the economic sector, as well as in the social and cultural ones. Statements to this effect have been made at a meeting between Prime Minister Pavel Filip and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary Péter Szijjártó.   The Prime Minister appreciated the intention of the Hungarian bank OTP to buy the controlling stake of a Moldovan bank. “The coming of the Hungarian bank OTP to the market of Moldova is one more proof that we have managed to stabilize the banking sector of Moldova. This is a reason of personal satisfaction, as we have come to the government’s management against the background of a bank crisis. And now more and more foreign investors come to the banking sector,” Pavel Filip noted.      Hungary has also opened a crediting line worth 62 million euros for crediting Moldovan and Hungarian companies which jointly do business. “We welcome the initiative of crediting companies from our countries. We want as many Hungarian investors as possible in Moldova,” Pavel Filip said.      The officials agreed that, to further develop the cooperation between the countries, the joint inter-governmental commission for commercial and economic cooperation would hold a meeting in next May, and this is a good platform for discussions.   The prime minister thanked Hungary also for backing Moldova’s European agenda.   Pavel Filip and Péter Szijjártó also exchanged opinions on the parliamentary elections due in Moldova on 24 February 2019. The Prime Minister said that the governance’s foremost goal was to organize free and transparent elections, according to the international standards. Pavel Filip specified that the authorities were willing an as large number of observers as possible and a correct and objective assessment of the ballot. 
12 February 2019
17:00
Nearly one year after the launch of the First Home government program, 1003 families and 372 unmarried youngsters have bought the first home.   "The First Home Program has exceeded the government's expectations. It is much more effective than I thought at the first stage. Banks began to compete with each other and offer lower interest rates than assumed.  For us, it is important that people stay at home with family,” Filip said.   Through the five banks participating in the program, credits were granted in this period of 662 million lei, and the amount of guarantees offered by the state is almost 331 million lei.   Of the total dwellings, 1284 were purchased in the cities and 91 - in the villages. The average age of the beneficiaries is 31 years.   This year, another 3,000 credits will be granted to young people and families who will use the First Home program.   The program offers facilities to families with children. Thus, the state covers 10% of the apartment price for families with one child, 25% - for two, 50% - for families with three children, and for children with 4 and more children, the state pays the entire amount, the family paying only interest rates.   The programme was launched at the initiative of Prime Minister Pavel Filip on 26 March 2018.   More information about the programme can be found at www.primacasa.gov.md and at the following telephone numbers: (022) 22 60 65, (022) 22 60 53, (022) 26 25 52.
7:00
As many as 346 native and foreign companies in the information technologies sector in 2018 joined the first IT Park from Moldova, set up at an initiative by Prime Minister Pavel Filip. According to preliminary results, last year, the incomes from sales stood at almost two billion lei.   „The IT field is a promising one for Moldova. Being a small country, we should not produce only labour force, we must train specialists for industries with high value added,” Pavel Filip said.   In the first year of work, more than 6,600 people were employed at companies from Moldova IT Park. Their average salary reaches almost 26,000 lei. On this period, the exports of residents increased up to 600 million lei in the fourth quarter of work and the number of companies with foreign capital reached 96.     Moldova IT Park further remains an attractive platform for residents. Among the facilities provided, there is the payment of a single tax worth seven per cent of the income from sales, as well as the removal of bureaucratic obstacles. Also, the park offers a virtual regime of work – its residents can carry out their activity and benefit from the facilities provided just from their own offices or residences, after a preliminary registration.     The first IT Park from Moldova started working on 1 January 2018, being created for a ten-year term. On this period, the number of the park’s residents is to reach about 500 IT companies. Among the goals set, there are the attraction of local and foreign investments, creation of new jobs, piloting of new services and hence, the boosting of the information technology’s industry. 
7:00
Just two months after the launch of the New Life government program, over 5,500 families across the country received the set of newborn items. The project is implemented in both state and private maternity hospitals and covers part of the expenses of young families in childbirth.   “It is a project that supports the Moldovan families. We have managed to increase the childbirth allowance to 5,300 lei. Given this project, another 2,000 lei is added - the cost of a box. Thus, the allowance reaches 7,300 lei," Prime Minister Pavel Filip said.   The set is offered to parents who are citizens of Moldova and to foreigners staying in the country.   The government program New Life was launched on 1 December 2018. In 2017, over 34,000 children were born in Moldova.
7:00
The government will cover all expenses for the repatriation of Moldovan citizens deceased in the road accident last night near Vinnitsa region, Ukraine. 3 Moldovan citizens died and 4 people injured.   The premier conveyed condolences to relatives of the victims and asked the responsible people to provide every support for those in need and their families. In this context, Filip ordered the creation of crisis cell, which will monitor the situation and help the Moldovan citizens who have suffered in this road accident. At the same time, a group of rescuers of our country will immediately go to Ukraine to see the situation on the spot and provide the necessary support to the victims.   For additional information to relatives of those who have suffered in the accident, the hotline 022-78-50-32 was created.   A minibus with 12 passengers, citizens of the Republic of Moldova, was involved in the accident occurred last night in Vinnitsa, Ukraine.
7:00
43,000 people were consulted free of charge for half a year during the campaign -A Doctor for You, launched at the initiative of Prime Minister Pavel Filip.   "Health is a priority for us and I am glad that this campaign has taken shape. This gives us the opportunity to save more lives," he said.   Mixed teams of specialists, made up of endocrinologists, ophthalmologists, neurologists and cardiologists, went to the country's districts and examined over 10,000 people. This year, the medical team is expanding with 35 oncology specialist who will examine patients in order to prevent oncological diseases and inform society about the risk groups and the treatments.   At the same time, over 5,000 women have already performed breast screening free of charge, a service launched in the second round of the campaign. Also, over 22,000 people have been screened by lung radiography, and about 5,500 children have been consulted by dentists.   The campaign was launched on 2 August 2018. It continues in 2019 - free examination of the villagers is carried out according to the schedule.
7:00
The cabinet today approved the plan of events dedicated to the day of commemorating those who died in the Dniestre War, marked annually on 2 March. The document includes a lot of actions, due to be organized in Chisinau and in areas of the country.   In the capital, the ceremony will begin with the march of remembrance, laying flowers and a commemorative rally at the Eternity compound. At the same time, meetings with the veterans of the Dniester war will be organized in the country's educational institutions and military units. However, commemorative plaques will be installed in many localities, and some streets will be renamed in memory of the fallen heroes.   The action plan also provides annual support for families of victims and persons with disabilities. They will also receive the necessary health care.   This year, 27 years have passed since the beginning of the fighting for defending the integrity and independence of Moldova. About 60 thousand soldiers were involved in the armed conflict on the Dniestre.
7:00
16 veterans from the six districts of the country will get one-off allowance from the state for the construction, restoration or purchase of dwelling. The government approved the ruling today.   For this purpose, almost 800 thousand lei will be allocated from the state budget. The money will be transferred to the local public authorities. The largest amounts will be distributed to Drochia – 205,000 lei, and Stefan Voda – 184,000 lei. Cahul and Ungheni – 123,000 lei. The rest of the amount will be directed to the authorities in Briceni and Riscani.   The one-off allowance for building, renovating or purchasing the dwelling is granted annually to people who have suffered from armed conflicts and their families, victims of the Chernobyl disaster and war veterans. This year, 8.5 million lei were provided for the granting of these benefits.
7:00
The museum and house Alexandru Donici will be switched to the administration of the Education, Culture and Research Ministry (MECC) and will become a branch of the Mihail Kogalniceanu National Literature Museum. The cabinet approved a decision to this end today.       The museum has an exhibition potential of local and national importance and the decision was taken to turn to good account the cultural and scientific heritage, as well as to restore the museum. The museum’s work will be ensured by MECC, which will bear including the staff expenses. About 300,000 lei was earmarked from the state budget to pay salaries to the museum’s staff for 2019.       The Alexandru Donici museum and house has its headquarters in the mansion which belonged to the family of the fable writer Alecu Donici. The museum has a fund made up of works of fine art, painting, graphic, drawing, decorative art, facsimiles of relevant documents about the life and work of the Donici family, ethnographic pieces and furniture objects. About 18,000 people visit the museum annually.
7:00
The indexation of citizens’ money deposits at Banca de Economii (Savings Bank) continues this year. The cabinet today approved the categories of persons whose deposits will be paid in 2019.   Under the document, the payment of the indexed sum will be made to the depositors born before 1991, including the indexed sums related to the first stage and to the depositors born before 1947, including the sums indexed for the second stage. As much as 50,000 lei is provided for in the state budget to this end.     The indexed sums would be raised at the Posta Moldovei (Moldova’s Post) state enterprise.
7:00
The attendants of persons with severe disability from the war will be entitled to a free sanatorium treatment ticket, which includes the full package of recovery and rehabilitation services. The amendments to the Regulation regarding the conditions, the way to insure, record and distribute the sanatorium treatment tickets to veterans have been approved by the executive today.   According to the document, an accompanying person can be any citizen of Moldova who has reached the age of 18 years and is able to provide supervision, support and care for the beneficiary during his/her stay at sanatorium treatment. If the person meets these conditions and is in queue, the National House of Social Insurance (CNAS) or the territorial houses have the right to issue tickets for the same period to the attendant and the person with severe disabilities from the war.   The tickets will be released upon presentation of the certificate of receipt for the treatment ticket and identity papers or passport, in case of sanatorium treatment abroad.   In Moldova there are 1,405 persons with disabilities from the war, out of whom 322 are persons with a severe degree. In order to ensure the right to the attendant during the sanatorium treatment, it was allocated about MDL 2.5 million from the state budget (BS).   Also, the project approved today aims to ensure access for disadvantaged persons and families to the social services included in the minimum package of social services. The Executive has excluded the temporary nature of the rule that only referred to 2018. The decision aims to further ensure access for disadvantaged persons to the minimum package of social services, such as: monetary support – addressed to disadvantaged persons and families, support for families which have children in difficulty, but also personal assistance – for persons with disabilities of first degree.   To finance the minimum package of social services, it is provided the amount of MDL 64 million in the BS.
7:00
The headmasters of kindergartens, schools and colleges will receive higher salaries by an average of 1,000-1,200 lei. The cabinet today approved needed amendments, in order to motivate some categories of employees, whose salaries were not increased following the implementation of the new law on wage payment.   To remove the present deficiencies, decision-makers will increase the minimum reference values for the calculation of salaries of about 4,000 persons holding leadership offices at education institutions.     Under the same document, the salaries of non-commissioned officers, as well as of officers of the Interior Ministry (MAI) will increase too. In this case, the growths will be of about 500 and 800 lei, from which 9,500 MAI employees will benefit.   Also, under the same draft, five advisers of the National Agency for Settlement of Claims will have higher revenues. The amendments were necessary, as these persons were receiving higher salaries than their subordinates.     As much as 138 million lei is needed to make the increases – money provided for in the state budget. The introduction of amendments to the state budget law for this year was approved by the government by taking responsibility. According to the same principle, at the today’s meeting, the cabinet approved another six drafts.   „It was necessary for us to do this, taking into account the reduced functionality of the parliament now. You have seen that we analyzed a bit and came up with adjustings to the law on wage payment and with other important things which we had to do and which cannot be postponed until we have another functional legislative body,” Prime Minister Pavel Filip said. 
11 February 2019
17:30
The museum and house Alexandru Donici will be switched to the administration of the Education, Culture and Research Ministry (MECC) and will become a branch of the Mihail Kogalniceanu National Literature Museum. The cabinet approved a decision to this end today.       The museum has an exhibition potential of local and national importance and the decision was taken to turn to good account the cultural and scientific heritage, as well as to restore the museum. The museum’s work will be ensured by MECC, which will bear including the staff expenses. About 300,000 lei was earmarked from the state budget to pay salaries to the museum’s staff for 2019.       The Alexandru Donici museum and house has its headquarters in the mansion which belonged to the family of the fable writer Alecu Donici. The museum has a fund made up of works of fine art, painting, graphic, drawing, decorative art, facsimiles of relevant documents about the life and work of the Donici family, ethnographic pieces and furniture objects. About 18,000 people visit the museum annually.
17:30
The attendants of persons with severe disability from the war will be entitled to a free sanatorium treatment ticket, which includes the full package of recovery and rehabilitation services. The amendments to the Regulation regarding the conditions, the way to insure, record and distribute the sanatorium treatment tickets to veterans have been approved by the executive today.   According to the document, an accompanying person can be any citizen of Moldova who has reached the age of 18 years and is able to provide supervision, support and care for the beneficiary during his/her stay at sanatorium treatment. If the person meets these conditions and is in queue, the National House of Social Insurance (CNAS) or the territorial houses have the right to issue tickets for the same period to the attendant and the person with severe disabilities from the war.   The tickets will be released upon presentation of the certificate of receipt for the treatment ticket and identity papers or passport, in case of sanatorium treatment abroad.   In Moldova there are 1,405 persons with disabilities from the war, out of whom 322 are persons with a severe degree. In order to ensure the right to the attendant during the sanatorium treatment, it was allocated about MDL 2.5 million from the state budget (BS).   Also, the project approved today aims to ensure access for disadvantaged persons and families to the social services included in the minimum package of social services. The Executive has excluded the temporary nature of the rule that only referred to 2018. The decision aims to further ensure access for disadvantaged persons to the minimum package of social services, such as: monetary support – addressed to disadvantaged persons and families, support for families which have children in difficulty, but also personal assistance – for persons with disabilities of first degree.   To finance the minimum package of social services, it is provided the amount of MDL 64 million in the BS.
17:00
The headmasters of kindergartens, schools and colleges will receive higher salaries by an average of 1,000-1,200 lei. The cabinet today approved needed amendments, in order to motivate some categories of employees, whose salaries were not increased following the implementation of the new law on wage payment.   To remove the present deficiencies, decision-makers will increase the minimum reference values for the calculation of salaries of about 4,000 persons holding leadership offices at education institutions.     Under the same document, the salaries of non-commissioned officers, as well as of officers of the Interior Ministry (MAI) will increase too. In this case, the growths will be of about 500 and 800 lei, from which 9,500 MAI employees will benefit.   Also, under the same draft, five advisers of the National Agency for Settlement of Claims will have higher revenues. The amendments were necessary, as these persons were receiving higher salaries than their subordinates.     As much as 138 million lei is needed to make the increases – money provided for in the state budget. The introduction of amendments to the state budget law for this year was approved by the government by taking responsibility. According to the same principle, at the today’s meeting, the cabinet approved another six drafts.   „It was necessary for us to do this, taking into account the reduced functionality of the parliament now. You have seen that we analyzed a bit and came up with adjustings to the law on wage payment and with other important things which we had to do and which cannot be postponed until we have another functional legislative body,” Prime Minister Pavel Filip said. 
16:00
The cabinet today approved the plan of events dedicated to the day of commemorating those who died in the Dniestre War, marked annually on 2 March. The document includes a lot of actions, due to be organized in Chisinau and in areas of the country.   In the capital, the ceremony will begin with the march of remembrance, laying flowers and a commemorative rally at the Eternity compound. At the same time, meetings with the veterans of the Dniester war will be organized in the country's educational institutions and military units. However, commemorative plaques will be installed in many localities, and some streets will be renamed in memory of the fallen heroes.   The action plan also provides annual support for families of victims and persons with disabilities. They will also receive the necessary health care.   This year, 27 years have passed since the beginning of the fighting for defending the integrity and independence of Moldova. About 60 thousand soldiers were involved in the armed conflict on the Dniestre.
16:00
16 veterans from the six districts of the country will get one-off allowance from the state for the construction, restoration or purchase of dwelling. The government approved the ruling today.   For this purpose, almost 800 thousand lei will be allocated from the state budget. The money will be transferred to the local public authorities. The largest amounts will be distributed to Drochia – 205,000 lei, and Stefan Voda – 184,000 lei. Cahul and Ungheni – 123,000 lei. The rest of the amount will be directed to the authorities in Briceni and Riscani.   The one-off allowance for building, renovating or purchasing the dwelling is granted annually to people who have suffered from armed conflicts and their families, victims of the Chernobyl disaster and war veterans. This year, 8.5 million lei were provided for the granting of these benefits.
16:00
The indexation of citizens’ money deposits at Banca de Economii (Savings Bank) continues this year. The cabinet today approved the categories of persons whose deposits will be paid in 2019.   Under the document, the payment of the indexed sum will be made to the depositors born before 1991, including the indexed sums related to the first stage and to the depositors born before 1947, including the sums indexed for the second stage. As much as 50,000 lei is provided for in the state budget to this end.     The indexed sums would be raised at the Posta Moldovei (Moldova’s Post) state enterprise.
8 February 2019
14:00
The government will cover all expenses for the repatriation of Moldovan citizens deceased in the road accident last night near Vinnitsa region, Ukraine. 3 Moldovan citizens died and 4 people injured.   The premier conveyed condolences to relatives of the victims and asked the responsible people to provide every support for those in need and their families. In this context, Filip ordered the creation of crisis cell, which will monitor the situation and help the Moldovan citizens who have suffered in this road accident. At the same time, a group of rescuers of our country will immediately go to Ukraine to see the situation on the spot and provide the necessary support to the victims.   For additional information to relatives of those who have suffered in the accident, the hotline 022-78-50-32 was created.   A minibus with 12 passengers, citizens of the Republic of Moldova, was involved in the accident occurred last night in Vinnitsa, Ukraine.
14:00
43,000 people were consulted free of charge for half a year during the campaign -A Doctor for You, launched at the initiative of Prime Minister Pavel Filip.   "Health is a priority for us and I am glad that this campaign has taken shape. This gives us the opportunity to save more lives," he said.   Mixed teams of specialists, made up of endocrinologists, ophthalmologists, neurologists and cardiologists, went to the country's districts and examined over 10,000 people. This year, the medical team is expanding with 35 oncology specialist who will examine patients in order to prevent oncological diseases and inform society about the risk groups and the treatments.   At the same time, over 5,000 women have already performed breast screening free of charge, a service launched in the second round of the campaign. Also, over 22,000 people have been screened by lung radiography, and about 5,500 children have been consulted by dentists.   The campaign was launched on 2 August 2018. It continues in 2019 - free examination of the villagers is carried out according to the schedule.
6 February 2019
16:00
Just two months after the launch of the New Life government program, over 5,500 families across the country received the set of newborn items. The project is implemented in both state and private maternity hospitals and covers part of the expenses of young families in childbirth.   “It is a project that supports the Moldovan families. We have managed to increase the childbirth allowance to 5,300 lei. Given this project, another 2,000 lei is added - the cost of a box. Thus, the allowance reaches 7,300 lei," Prime Minister Pavel Filip said.   The set is offered to parents who are citizens of Moldova and to foreigners staying in the country.   The government program New Life was launched on 1 December 2018. In 2017, over 34,000 children were born in Moldova.
9:00
As many as 346 native and foreign companies in the information technologies sector in 2018 joined the first IT Park from Moldova, set up at an initiative by Prime Minister Pavel Filip. According to preliminary results, last year, the incomes from sales stood at almost two billion lei.   „The IT field is a promising one for Moldova. Being a small country, we should not produce only labour force, we must train specialists for industries with high value added,” Pavel Filip said.   In the first year of work, more than 6,600 people were employed at companies from Moldova IT Park. Their average salary reaches almost 26,000 lei. On this period, the exports of residents increased up to 600 million lei in the fourth quarter of work and the number of companies with foreign capital reached 96.     Moldova IT Park further remains an attractive platform for residents. Among the facilities provided, there is the payment of a single tax worth seven per cent of the income from sales, as well as the removal of bureaucratic obstacles. Also, the park offers a virtual regime of work – its residents can carry out their activity and benefit from the facilities provided just from their own offices or residences, after a preliminary registration.     The first IT Park from Moldova started working on 1 January 2018, being created for a ten-year term. On this period, the number of the park’s residents is to reach about 500 IT companies. Among the goals set, there are the attraction of local and foreign investments, creation of new jobs, piloting of new services and hence, the boosting of the information technology’s industry. 
5 February 2019
11:30
Today, all categories of vehicles can cross the border crossing point Palanca, the only condition is that they do not carry alcoholic beverages, tobacco and goods subject to veterinary and phyto-sanitary control. So far, traffic was only allowed for vehicles of up to 3.5 tonnes and a capacity of up to 22 seats.   The common border crossing point was inaugurated on 28 December 2018, in the presence of Prime Minister Pavel Filip and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The premier said that the joint control benefits are already being felt by every person crossing the border - citizens do not spend hours in line, and the modern infrastructure approaches the European countries. "It is the sixth joint checkpoint and an example when Moldova is able to control the border on central segment", Filip said.   The Palanca post was built under a project implemented by UNDP Moldova worth 6.18 million euros, of which 4.5 million were allocated by the European Union and 1.68 million euros -  Moldovan government’s contribution.   Currently, joint control is applied to six border crossing points: Criva-Mamaliga, Larga-Kelmenti, Briceni-Rossosani, Giurgiulesti-Reni, Cuciurgan-Pervomaisc and Palanca-Maiaki-Udobnoe.
31 January 2019
9:00
Prime Minister Pavel Filip today had a meeting with a delegation of the pre-electoral mission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), led by Claude Kern. The team of observers is on a visit to Moldova, to monitor the works of preparation for the parliamentary polls due on 24 February 2019.   The prime minister appreciated the fact that PACE had accepted the invitation to observe the electoral process from Moldova. Filip noted that, at the institutional level, decision-makers had taken all measures to ensure the good carrying out of the future ballot. “It is in our interest for these elections to be fair, free and transparent, so that we leave no element which would doubt the correctness of this electoral campaign. We want as many observers as possible, so that this electoral process is monitored as good as possible and as objectively as possible,” the Prime Minister said.     The PACE delegation members welcomed the openness of the government for communication.  “Moldova is a very important country for us. We are not here to criticize, but to objectively and impartially monitor the electoral process,” the members of the European mission stressed.     The pre-electoral process in Moldova is monitored by 32 PACE observers, due to be in Moldova till 31 January. A declaration will be issued at the end of the visit. The mission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has been monitoring the electoral process in Moldova beginning with 1994. 
30 January 2019
16:00
Prime Minister, Pavel Filip, has asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration (MAEIE) to refer the representatives of the mediators and observers within the Transnistrian settlement process referred to some provocative approaches made recently by the so – called structures in the Transnistrian region regarding village Varnita, Anenii Noi district.   On 25 January 2019, the Tiraspol leader signed a so – called decision, which states that Varnita village is temporarily under the control of Moldova and there are exercised functions by alleged local structures in village Proteagailovca. The MAEIE is to address representatives from the OSCE, Russia, Ukraine, EU and USA to use the potential of the negotiation format 5+2 so as to end the effects of that provocative action. Also, it will be examined the opportunity to address the issue at the upcoming meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.
16:00
About 1,200 people with leading positions in educational institutions will receive salary bonuses for holding managerial level.  A decision to this effect was approved today by the executive to motivate staff to develop professionally and to maximize their intellectual and creative potential.   The increase for managerial efficiency will be paid according to the degree obtained from the professional certifications, so for the managerial level two it will be 300 lei, for the managerial level one - 600 lei and 1,000 lei - for higher degree. The cost of implementing the project for the current year in education institutions financed directly from the budget is about 20.2 million lei.   Also, the amendments also refer to senior teachers in educational institutions with financial self-management, namely the technical vocational education. Implementation of this action to 140 senior teachers will cost about 2.5 million lei.   However, the document sees awarding the annual prize for the results of the activity of the persons holding public dignity functions and civil servants from the local public administration. It will be paid on the basis of the extra income earned by the local authorities in the budget year 2018. The amount of a prize will not exceed 3 monthly salary calculated for November last year.
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Prime Minister Pavel Filip, in the beginning of a today’s cabinet meeting, referred to speculations spread in connection with the new wage payment law. The PM noted that, in fact, the law was an unprecedented one – decision-makers managed to make proper order in the entire salary payment system with its enforcement and thousands of people benefited from increases.   „There are a lot of denunciations, saying that lower salaries were taken against the last year. I want to suggest to everybody to address accountants, directors of enterprises, who did not calculate the average salary for the last year and did not pay this compensation. And they must frankly say to employees that they have not managed to make calculations as yet and the compensation or difference is to be paid. I am saddened by the fact that people do not have patience and confidence to address when they identify a problem, but immediately start making politics and statements,” the prime minister said.      At the same time, Pavel Filip stressed that decision-makers had worked on the law for more than one year and the enforcement of the new provisions was not an easy process. In this respect, the Prime Minister asked the Finance Ministry to further provide needed support to the financial departments, in order to ensure the correctness of the calculations made. Also, following denunciations, decision-makers will intervene with amendments, just in the case of employees from the education sector – they will receive the supplement to the salary as so far, for holding the managerial degree.   „In one month, we will analyze absolutely everything what has happened with the enforcement of this law; therefore, we will not react to any case appearing in media institutions. On the next period, if needs of amendment appear, we will come up also at the meeting, by taking responsibility, will make these changes, so that we answer all questions and remove all deficiencies,” the Prime Minister added.   
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Prime Minister Pavel Filip today had a meeting with US Ambassador to Moldova Dereck J. Hogan.   The officials exchanged views on elections-related issues in Moldova. The premier reiterated the government’s determination to ensure a fair, transparent, free electoral process and in line with all international rules. To this end, several foreign observers were invited to monitor the elections, and cameras will be installed in the polling stations. At the same time, the prime minister called for an objective attitude from observers and partners.   The officials also discussed boosting the Moldovan-American dialogue, including cooperation in information technology and cyber security.
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