Pupils, students to receive higher scholarships in Moldova

Guvernul Republicii Moldova, 15 March 2019 17:30

The scholarships of pupils and students will increase by 4.9 per cent. The cabinet of ministers took a decision to this effect today.      The scholarships will grow for the pupils of the vocational education institutions, degree and master students, students training for doctor’s degree, post-doctoral students, clinical secondary physicians and resident physicians.      Thus, depending on the scholarship’s category, the pupils from the post-secondary vocational education institutions and post-secondary non-tertiary ones will get 530, 575 and 690 lei and pupils of secondary vocational education, except for the ones studying in the groups for deaf persons, will receive 360, 430 and 510 lei. Gifted pupils from republican boarding lyceums specialized in arts and those of the National Choreography College will get scholarships from 350 to 670 lei.         Students will have scholarships of 690, 750 and 880 lei, depending on the category of scholarship. And the students from the specialties of teaching, medicine and agriculture will benefit from a 20-per cent increase in the scholarship. Thus, the students from the concerned specialties in the last academic year will receive scholarship up to 1,232 lei. At the same time, the students studying for doctor’s degree will enjoy scholarships worth from 1,155 to 1,325 lei, depending on the academic year.     The merit scholarships: of the Republic, of President, of Government and the Gaudeamus scholarship, provided to students for extraordinary performances, will vary depending on the category from 920 to 1,525 lei.   The scholarships will be indexed starting from 1 January 2019. As much as 12.5 million lei was provided for in the state budget to this end. 

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Yesterday
11:00
The number of people who purchased home under the First Home programme reached 1,762, one year after its launch. Of the total beneficiaries, 73 percent are young families, and the rest - young unmarried.   "We are glad there are 96 teachers and doctors among the beneficiaries of the programme. Most of them benefit from state-funded pay-offs for state employees and families with children. We want teachers and doctors to stay and work here at home,” Prime Minister Pavel Filip said.   Commercial banks provided loans worth 861.5 million lei for the purchase of dwellings.   According to data by the Organization for the Development of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (ODIMM), the total amount of active assets is 430.7 million lei. Applicants’ average age is 31 years.   Of the total dwellings, 94 percent were bought in the cities, and the rest - in the villages. People who have applied to the First Home Program can check the file on-line. The institution has launched a new technical application that facilitates access to information with a single click, by visiting - www.odimm.md.   The First Home programme was launched at the initiative of Prime Minister Pavel Filip on 26 March 2018.
22 February 2019
16:30
Prime Minister Pavel Filip today had a meeting with observers on behalf of the International Republican Institute (IRI). The sides exchanged opinions on the way the electoral campaign is carried out. Prime Minister Pavel Filip said that the authorities did their utmost to ensure fair, transparent polls, in line with all international standards.   To this end, a large number of observers has been invited, who are to monitor the carrying out the ballot. At the same time, the prime minister noted that he was relying on a correct and objective attitude on behalf of the observers.   The IRI mission was accredited by Moldova’s Central Electoral Commission (CEC) to monitor the electoral process and it will carry out its activity independently and impartially, without intervening in the electoral process, in accordance with Moldova’s legislation. IRI carried out over 200 international election observation missions worldwide.  
More than 2 days ago
14:30
Signing up to the government program DOR (Diaspora * Origins * Returns), 7th edition, began today. It will take on 19-28 August and is meant for children of diaspora and those from Moldova.   Given that more children of diaspora are willing to participate in the program, this year’s edition will bring together 120 children and young people, up by 20 than in previous editions.   Participants can register on 18 March - 18 May 2019, by visiting the link: http://dor.md/node/6   To be eligible to participate in DOR 2019, diaspora candidates must be between 12 and 17 years of age and can communicate in Romanian. Moldovan diaspora children, who participated last year in “Moldova sunt EU" contest, organized by the Diaspora Relations Office, are automatically selected for participation in the programme. As in previous years, priority will be given to those who have not previously participated in the DOR program.   Unlike children and young people from the diaspora, Moldovans will be selected on a competitive basis. Priority will be given to children with study merits, Olympians, winners of sports and cultural competitions.   The DOR program is held annually under the patronage of the Moldovan government and aims to raise awareness of representatives of the second generation of migrants on their cultural identity and to create emotional ties with their home country. Participation is free of charge, all costs are covered by the state budget. Beneficiaries only pay travel expenses to and from the Republic of Moldova.
8:30
Prime Minister, Pavel Filip, has handed over today the keys to her new flat to the European champion in the category under 23 years old, Anastasia Nichita.   The decision to grant housing has been approved by the Government today. The Prime Minister congratulated the young champion and said that the executive would continue to support performance, and the ones who work and have good results must be appreciated by state.   "Nobody does as much for the fame of the country, as the performance of the sportsman does. The pride we feel when the flag of Moldova is displayed, has no boundaries," said Pavel Filip.   Also, it was awarded with the Diploma of Honour of the Government the sports coach, Tudor Cirlan. Similarly, in the same meeting, it was increased the special prize for coaches who train outstanding athletes, from MDL 3,000 – 50,000.   The Premier also asked the Ministries of Finance (MF) and Education (MECC), jointly with the Public Property Agency (APP), to develop a Regulation which would set up a government reserve for each Private Public Partnership (PPP) that the ministries would have to reward outstanding athletes.   "We always talk that many of the performance athletes leave Moldova. I think that this support granted to the athletes by the state will be an additional reason to keep them at home", specified Pavel Filip.   Wrestler Anastasia Nichita became the European champion under age of 23. This was the second place in 2017 and 2018. Anastasia Nichita has so far competed in 10 World and European Championships at the level of cadets, youth or under 23 and every time held one of leading positions.
15 March 2019
17:30
The scholarships of pupils and students will increase by 4.9 per cent. The cabinet of ministers took a decision to this effect today.      The scholarships will grow for the pupils of the vocational education institutions, degree and master students, students training for doctor’s degree, post-doctoral students, clinical secondary physicians and resident physicians.      Thus, depending on the scholarship’s category, the pupils from the post-secondary vocational education institutions and post-secondary non-tertiary ones will get 530, 575 and 690 lei and pupils of secondary vocational education, except for the ones studying in the groups for deaf persons, will receive 360, 430 and 510 lei. Gifted pupils from republican boarding lyceums specialized in arts and those of the National Choreography College will get scholarships from 350 to 670 lei.         Students will have scholarships of 690, 750 and 880 lei, depending on the category of scholarship. And the students from the specialties of teaching, medicine and agriculture will benefit from a 20-per cent increase in the scholarship. Thus, the students from the concerned specialties in the last academic year will receive scholarship up to 1,232 lei. At the same time, the students studying for doctor’s degree will enjoy scholarships worth from 1,155 to 1,325 lei, depending on the academic year.     The merit scholarships: of the Republic, of President, of Government and the Gaudeamus scholarship, provided to students for extraordinary performances, will vary depending on the category from 920 to 1,525 lei.   The scholarships will be indexed starting from 1 January 2019. As much as 12.5 million lei was provided for in the state budget to this end. 
17:30
The parking of vehicles will be allowed only by leaving at least 1.5 metres for pedestrians’ movement, so that no obstacles are created for the movement of persons with disabilities, persons in wheelchairs or elderly people. The cabinet approved the concerned amendments to the road traffic regulations today.      At the same time, the vehicles standing should not block the access to stairs, platforms or curbs, meant for people with locomotor deficiencies.   The implementation of these measures will enhance the accessibility of sidewalks and pedestrian roads, especially in crowded urban settlements.   A similar practice was also applied in the member states of the European Union. For instance, in Slovakia and Poland, the parking on sidewalks is allowed only if at least 1.5 metres are left for pedestrians’ movement and in Romania, this distance cannot be shorter than one metre.
17:30
The economic agents will be required to comply with the permitted noise emission rules at 22:00 – 07:00 and not at 23:00 – 07:00, as it is at present. Thus, in order to respect the silence, the Cabinet has approved today the Healthcare regulations on procedures for issuing noise and vibration to the activities of domestic trade.   The document establishes the maximum levels of noise and vibration admitted near commercial sites, in residential and public buildings, residential areas, and the areas adjacent to them.   The decision will enter into force six months after the date of its publication in the Official Journal, so that the economic agents will be able to comply with the new rules.   The fines for disruption of public order at prohibited hours are MDL 1,500 – 3,000 for individuals and MDL 6,000 – 12,000 for legal entities.
13 March 2019
15:00
Over 1 billion 24 million lei will be allocated this year from the road fund for routine maintenance of national public roads and for repair works. The program for allocation of the means of the road fund in 2019 was approved today at a meeting of the Road Fund Council, chaired by Prime Minister Pavel Filip.    Most amount - 498 million lei will be used for road maintenance, and 333 million lei will be directed to carry out repair works on 15 road sections. At the same time, over 64 million lei will be earmarked for co-financing of road rehabilitation projects.   Other important topics related to road infrastructure were also addressed in the discussions. Filip called for a comprehensive analysis of the use of financial means from the road fund by the local public administration to ensure the efficient use of public money.   At the same time, a mechanism will be worked out to ensure payment of toll by all drivers. At present, more than 1 million transport units are registered in the Republic of Moldova, but only about 565 thousand car owners pay the road tax.   The premier also asked to consider the possibility of setting a new formula for calculating excise duties on diesel and petrol, taking into account specific activity in agriculture.
11 March 2019
9:30
There will be built monuments in Gagauzia and Donduseni district in memory of the participants in the liquidation of consequences of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident. The decision was approved by the Executive today.   At present, over 130 participants in the Chernobyl disaster and about 20 widows live in Gagauzia and Donduseni district.   The expenses for the design, execution, monument building and landscaping will be covered by donations and sponsorships.
9:00
The local public authorities will have obligations of only collection, gradual ensuring of conditions for the separate collection and carriage of waste, while the cabinet will have extended powers in the waste management sector nationally. The cabinet of ministers today approved the concerned draft law by taking responsibility.   „In discussions I had with mayors just in the electoral campaign, I understood that only the mayors cannot be made responsible for this problem. Therefore, we change the law on waste, so that not only mayors assume this obligation, but also the central public administration. Subsequently, we are to carry through the draft and settle this big problem for Moldova,” Pavel Filip said.     The amendments approved delimit the powers in the waste management field between the government, subordinated institutions and the local public administration authorities.   The enforcement of the new legal provisions will be made within the limit of the financial means earmarked in the state budget for this sector.
9:00
The citizens’ access to compensated medicines will be enhanced. To this end, the cabinet today approved a draft law which provides for giving right also to competent specialists to prescribe compensated medication, including at private medical institutions. So far, these preparations have been prescribed by family physicians, neurologists, psychiatrists, endocrinologists and pediatricians from the providers of medical assistance contracted by the National Health Insurances Company (CNAM).   The draft sets a model of contract due to be signed between private medical institutions and CNAM. Thus, the citizens will be able to benefit from compensated medication by appealing to specialty physicians: neurologists, psychiatrists, endocrinologists and pediatricians of the private providers of medical assistance.       During the last three years, the cabinet has managed to double the list of compensated medicines, reaching 148 common international names. The government also provided, starting from 1 February 2019, the free of charge release to patients of by 1-2 medicines from each common international name of this list.  
9:00
The beneficiaries of all types of pensions, set till 1 April 2019, the size of which does not exceed 2,000 lei, as well as the beneficiaries of state social allocations will receive 600 lei each on behalf of the state on Easter. The beneficiaries of allocations for care, accompanying and supervision represent exceptions. The cabinet approved the concerned draft law by taking responsibility.       About 601,000 people will get the assistance in all. Most of them – over 400,000, are beneficiaries of age limit pensions. The others are people receiving disability pensions, survivor pensions or state social allocations.   The spending for the payment of this one-off assistance will be covered from the state budget and the money will be paid by the National Social Insurances House through providers of services ensuring the payment of pensions and social allocations.
9:00
The Government has approved a draft law amending the pension indexation formula today.   Thus, if the pensions were indexed according to the price increase for the previous year, following the new formula, they would have been indexed according to the average increase in prices for the recent 3 years. Respectively, the approval of this bill will allow indexing of pensions by 5.3 per cent commencing 01 April 2019, almost 2 times more than the old formula.   "By the old formula, the pension indexation was low at 3 per cent. That is why, after the discussions that have been kept with all the colleagues in the ministries in charge, it was decided to go about changing the formula. I want to disappoint the ones which have shown up till now that they are specialists of words, and here we are the people of deeds, we are accountable and we do real things. Those who have spoken so far will still speak. And those who have worked and have done beautiful things will work for the people," said Pavel Filip.   The Prime Minister has also referred to speculation that the Government is accused of not taking responsibility for all projects. "The assumption procedure is one that is used in exceptional cases. As far as indexation of pensions and MDL 600 for pensioners and for social allowance holders, these projects should enter into force on 01 April. That is why, we do not have time and do not manage until a parliamentary majority is formed that these draft laws are voted in Parliament," said Premier.
9:00
A young film director, one of the most promising Moldovan cinema men, laureate of the National Prize in 2018 for original works in the advertising film art and promoting Moldova’s image Viorel Mardare died on 9 March 2019, after a fight with a merciless disease.     Viorel Mardare was born in Chisinau on 7 October 1981. He graduated from a journalism faculty and another one of dramatic arts. Starting from 2000, Mardare made himself conspicuous as young journalist, actively involved in the social sphere, as well as participant in municipal discussions clubs and intellectual games. So far, Viorel Mardare has remained to be holder of most titles of master in the Moldovan Club of Intellectual Games.     Viorel Mardare distinguished himself as young cinema man, working in the teams of Igor Cobileanski and Sergiu Prodan, showing his great gift to create advertising spots with original social subjects and which are quite appreciated by the public. Even when making advertising meant for commercial companies, Viorel Mardare managed to inspire it with humour, civil spirit and patriotism.        His advertising spots, which have urged people during years to go to vote, to be better with their fellows, love their country and promote it abroad characterized Viorel Mardare and all represented a sincere personal message for a better world. Viorel can be regarded as one of the leaders of the generation which was educated in a free Moldova and who, by his work, contributed to the country’s democratization and an awful fate carried off our chance to further enjoy the talent of cinema man of Viorel, which is to make us laugh, cry, revolt and feel fulfilled.   We express sincere condolences to the family, relatives, friends, colleagues and everybody who knew and valued him.     May he rest in peace. Andrian CANDU, Moldova’s Parliament Speaker Pavel FILIP, Prime Minister of Moldova Monica BABUC, Education, Culture and Research Minister
7 March 2019
8:30
The actions due to be undertaken as to the management of solid waste were discussed at a today’s meeting summoned by Prime Minister Pavel Filip. The Prime Minister stressed that this problem was one of the most pressing and people were expecting solutions to overcome it.   „We have everybody gone through the electoral campaign. We have had no meeting with people where this issue was not tackled. We have unauthorized waste landfills in each village; people complain that waste is thrown. But we just do not have to go villages; it is enough for us to move on the country’s roads and see waste landfills on their edges,” Pavel Filip said.       The prime minister noted that not the lack of money was the biggest constraint in solving this problem, but the fact that Moldova does not have a national programme on the solid waste management.     „I am absolutely sure that if, from the very beginning, from the independence of this state, there was a national programme on the management of solid waste, we would not have spoken about this problem, just as in many other countries,” Pavel Filip also said.     The Prime Minister demanded that amendments are urgently proposed to the law on waste. At the same time, decision-makers are to work out a roadmap on the solid waste management, which will contain all stages for the final settlement of this problem. 
6 March 2019
9:00
The repair works of 2,600 km of roads, rehabilitated under the national programme: Good Roads 2, will start in a fortnight. The latest preparations for the start of the project were examined today at a meeting convened by Prime Minister, Pavel Filip, with the officials in the field.   "Good projects must continue. One of these is the national programme: Good Roads, which has proved to be successful. We were convinced of it, including in the electoral campaign, when people thanked us for the repaired road in their village," said Pavel Filip.   In 2019, this programme provides repairing of 1,000 km of road more than in 2018.   The development of programme: Good Roads 2 began in November 2018, by request of proposals from local public authorities (ALP). The decisions to select sections of road for repair were approved at the meetings of the local Councils (CL) so as to express the interest of the entire community.   There were repaired almost 1,600 km of roads in localities throughout programme: Good Roads in 2018.
4 March 2019
9:00
The 53rd issue of the International Music Festival Martisor – 2019 has been inaugurated this evening. The event was attended by Prime Minister, Pavel Filip. This year, the show takes place under generic: In the duet with spring.   During the event, Prime Minister Pavel Filip congratulated Master Eugen Doga on the occasion of his 82nd anniversary. Among the guests of Festival Martisor – 2019 was the Minister of Romanian Diaspora, Natalia Elena Intotero.   The International Music Festival Martisor – 2019 takes place on 01 – 10 March and it is organised by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research (MECC) and the concert institutions. The 53rd issue will bring together the most renowned national and international art groups on the national stage.   Martisor – 2019 includes 47 musical performances, out of which 22 will be organised in 13 districts of Moldova.
9:00
Heroes of the Transnistrian war were commemorated today at the Maica Indurerata monument of the Eternity Memorial Complex. Prime Minister Pavel Filip expressed the appreciation and gratitude for the courage, devotion and patriotism of the police, military, reservists and volunteers on behalf of the government and personally, in the defense of the national values, independence and territorial integrity of Moldova.   "It is a lesson about the dignity we still learn. We all have something that unites us: and then, and now, we want to live in an independent state where the rights and freedoms of our citizens are respected. For the first time since the armed conflict on the Dniester, the Chisinau authorities can control the entire border of the country, including the Transnistrian segment " he said.   Another important achievement, according to the prime minister, is the return of the issue on withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of the Republic of Moldova on the UN agenda. "I have every confidence that raising this matter again to the attention of the world community, eventually we will be able to release Moldova from foreign troops," said Pavel Filip.   The premier also referred to the measures taken by the government for the social protection of war veterans. Among the most important actions are the establishment of monthly allowances, the increase of the pensions for the disabled invalids, and the restoration of the right to sanatorium treatment.   "Every meeting with you comes to give us a lesson of dignity and courage. I think we all have to learn to love our country and say that we alone can decide our fate, that we work for this country, for its people, for freedom, independence and territorial integrity " he said.   During the armed conflict on the Dniester there were about 60 thousand soldiers, policemen, reservists and civilians.  286 combatants have not return from the battlefield, and 284 remained invalids.
1 March 2019
19:30
Prime Minister, Pavel Filip and the Minister of Romanian Diaspora, Natalia Elena Intotero, have attended the opening of Martisor Festival in Straseni today.   The Prime Minister congratulated everyone on the occasion of the spring celebration, noting that Martisor is a symbol of renewal and hope. "Martisor is an important tradition for Romanian area, first of all, because when we put the trinkets on the chest, we put it because we are Romanians. I said it not once, that we must be closely linked to each other and have a union throughout deeds. I did not doubt for a moment that traditions, our roots, our identity are very important for Straseni," said Prime Minister.   At her part, Natalia Elena Intotero, emphasised upon the importance of further development of twinning projects and assured the Government in Chisinau with all the support. "We have enjoyed each time we participated in signing cooperation agreements between the counties of Romania and the districts of Moldova. We assure you of all our support and involvement in the future. Have a spring with accomplishments. Be a government the way you want it. God bless for the good of Moldova," said Minister of Romanian Diaspora.   There were signed two bilateral cooperation agreements at the event: between Straseni district and Hunedoara county in Romania and between the Straseni district council and a Volunteer Association in Italy.
16:30
Prime Minister Pavel Filip and Minister for Romanians Abroad Natalia Elena Intotero today discussed the close bilateral relations and joint projects.   At the event, the Prime Minister said that this meeting took place on the symbolical day, when the Martisor (1 March day) is marked. Following joint efforts, the Martisor (March trinket) was included in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. And today, all the world, including the GOOGLE, knows about the Martisor.      Pavel Filip thanked Romania for the constant support provided. He noted that a draft roadmap for the continuation of cooperation, under the agreements reached at the last meeting of the Moldovan and Romanian cabinets, had been already elaborated and was to be submitted to the Romanian side.     „While so far, our relations have been based more on emotion, at present, we have a pragmatic approach. We wanted serious Romanian investors and we have them: Banca Transilvania and the Transgaz company. Jointly, we develop also infrastructure projects, on interconnection in terms of natural gas, electric energy, communications and transport. We must have unification through deeds, a unification of the infrastructures, so that nobody can divide us,” Pavel Filip said. In particular, the Prime Minister highlighted the opportunity of developing a cross border project of switching to European gauge on the Chisinau-Iasi railway segment, as well as launching a high-speed train Chisinau-Bucharest.        „Moldova represents for us much more than a country in the Strategic Partnership. We are not only colleagues, but also friends,” Natalia Elena Intotero said. The ministers for Romanians abroad noted that, at present, the sides discuss possibility to modernize 100 libraries from Moldova and supply them with books, as well as the promotion of joint projects for the Diaspora.     Pavel Filip appreciated these projects, stressing the importance of preserving and promoting the traditions and strengthening the cooperation in the culture sector. “If we do not invest in culture, we do have where to gather fruits in the economy from.”      At present, with joint efforts, the Romanian embroidered peasant’s shirt is promoted to be included in UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage. 
28 February 2019
14:30
The public administration reform and the modernization of public services for the benefit of citizens are priority for the cabinet. The progress made and the next actions in this sector were considered at a first meeting in 2019 of the National Council for Public Administration Reform (CNRAP), chaired by Prime Minister Pavel Filip.     The Prime Minister said that the CNRAP platform had proved to be efficient, when it comes to the monitoring and assessing the progress made in the implementation of the government’s policies in the public administration reform sector. “I think that the most important element in the public administration reform is the comfort of citizens. Therefore, through modernization and digitalization, we will bring the public services as close to citizens as possible. At the same time, we are set to cut the number of services. This means a true reform for the comfort of the citizens,” Pavel Filip said.       Following the inventorying, the participants in the meeting unveiled and approved the priority list of 37 public services due to be subjected to re-engineering on the next period. “Ever since I was information technology and communications minister, I used to knock at the door and explain what means, in fact, the electronic governance, as everybody understood this just as a mere digitization of processes and services. In fact, this is another approach of the governance, in general, as in the information age, the governance cannot be carried out classically on pyramid. The processes have a much higher speed; therefore, the governance must take place horizontally,” Pavel Filip stressed. The prime minister also said that, presently, the Electronic Governance Agency, which started the inventorying of the providers of public services, the list of services, information systems, so that the work is carried out on a single platform, was on the right way.       The participants in the CNRAP meeting presented also a programme on support for the public administration reform in Moldova, financed by EU. The programme is made up of three projects, launched in September-October 2018: Support for public administration reform process; strengthening professional capacities and motivating public administration employees and development of policies in the context of implementation of the Moldova-EU Association Agreement. The overall budget of the programme is of 6.6 million euros. 
9:00
The Transplant Agency of Moldova (ATM) will be able to exchange organs with international medical institutions. Thus, if a patient in Moldova needs urgently a transplant and the organ can not be sampled in Moldova, then the Agency will be able to call on authorised medical institutions from other states. This one and other changes on the ATM's activity were approved today by the Executive.   A novelty is also the creation of the National Renal Registry (RNR), which will analise the performance of dialysis service providers and their quality for each supplier. Similarly, the dialysis patients, the ones enrolled in the waiting list for renal transplantation, and transplant recipients will be monitored more effectively throughout the Registry. The estimated cost for the creation of the RNR software is about MDL 740 thousand. It is to be integrated into the automated info system Transplant.   A new task of the ATM is to coordinate and monitor human – assisted reproductive activities. The human tissue and human cells, including STEM and reproductive cells, will be created in Moldova. Also, the Transplant Agency, in agreement with the National Public Healthcare Agency (ANSP), will create and maintain a quality control and testing system for all donation, procurement, preservation, storage and distribution activities of human organs, tissues and cells.   The Transplantation Training Centre for Transplant Medical Staff will be set up within the Transplantation Agency, which will allow the increase of competence and improvement of skills of the medical personnel in donation and transplantation at national level.   Currently, there are over 100 persons in Moldova which require organ transplantation.
9:00
The husbands/wives and parents of the deceased persons in the peacetime fighting actions, ones with disabilities from war and participants in the liquidation of the consequences of Chernobyl disaster will receive material aid of MDL 1,000. The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the Regulation on how to fix and pay the material aid today.   The project increases the social protection of the families of the ones which fell on the battlefield, persons with disabilities from war and dead participants in the liquidation of consequences of Chernobyl disaster, by excluding conditionality of being "unmarried or unable to work" for husbands/spouses and "unable to work" for their parents. Thus, the list of aid recipients has been extended.   Also, the document sets out how this aid will be raised by citizens residing on the left bank of the Dniester river. Related to it, the localities in the Transnistrian region will be assigned to the territorial structures of social assistance within the local public administration authorities (AAPL) adjacent to them.   It was allocated the amount of MDL 425 thousand for project implementation in 2019.
9:00
The amounts allocated for the maintenance of the persons accommodated in the social institutions will be increased by 03 per cent, according to the consumer price index for previous year. The Executive has approved a resolution on the issue today.   The funds will be used to provide first – aid products such as food, medicine, clothing, footwear and dressing material.   The new rules enter into force on 01 March 2019.   For project implementation from the state budget (BS) in 2019, it was allocated an amount of MDL 1 million 950 thousand.   The allowances for the maintenance of the persons accommodated in the social institutions are indexed yearly, depending on the index of the increase of the consumer prices for previous year.        
9:00
The officers of the Protection and Guard State Service (SPPS) who do not have individually or together with their spouses own or service dwellings in their places of employment will receive a monthly allowance of MDL 1,500 for rental of housing. A decision to this effect was approved by the Executive today.   In order to obtain the allowance, the applicant will have to submit a set of documents: application; hiring agreement, registered with the State Tax Service (SFS); certificate issued by the cadastral body confirming that the officer does not own a dwelling in the respective locality; civil status certificates, workplace certificate of the husband/wife that they do not benefit from the allowance and the copy of the officer's ID.   The allowance is not paid to officers domiciled in localities within a radius of less than 30 km from the workplace. The indemnity payment will be made monthly, and decisions to grant or refuse will be approved by a commission of 07 persons and headed by the SPPS's Director.   For that purpose, it was allocated an amount of MDL 2,880,000 for 2019.      
9:00
At the beginning of the Cabinet of Ministers' meeting today, Prime Minister, Pavel Filip, referred to the parliamentary elections held on 24 February 2019.   "We insisted that these elections should be held freely and fairly. And not in vain we insisted and invited a large number of observers, I refer to international observers, but also to observers inside the country. We have taken all steps to make these choices unfold and fair. I was very glad to see the preliminary reports from the OSCE and ODIHR that the polls were free and fair," said Pavel Filip.   The Premier said that the insignificant deficiencies noted could not influence the outcome of these polls. And voting in the Diaspora, this time, was less problematic at the polling stations abroad, with no major deficiencies.   "I want to thank very much to all those who have been involved and have made sure that these elections are held in a fair and professional manner. Last but not least, I want to thank the citizens who participated in this election. I think it is the most responsible part of the society that cares and gets involved in choosing a Parliament that will later intervene to solve the problems and provide a better life to the people," specified Pavel Filip.   Also, the Prime Minister said that, since today, ministers who have been relieved during the electoral campaign come back to work. "Until the legality of the elections and the validation of the mandates of the new MPs, the Government remains functional and has full powers. Subsequently, after validation, until the formation of a new Executive, we shall have a Government in power with limited powers. We still work, we still have many things to do. It is not the easiest time, so we do not have time to rest," said Prime Minister.
18 February 2019
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.
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