Moldovan government willing to boost dialogue of talks in format 5+2

Guvernul Republicii Moldova, 3 December 2019 20:00

Prime Minister, Ion Chicu, and head of OSCE Mission to Moldova, Claus Neukirch, have exchanged views on developments in the process of settlement of the Transnistrian issue today.   Prime Minister has emphasised the important role of OSCE, as mediator, in solving the Transnistrian issue and confirmed the interest of Government in intensifying dialogue of talks in format 5+2.   The head of OSCE Mission to Moldova has welcomed the good cooperation of Government led by Ion Chicu in the process of conducting negotiations on the Transnistrian issue, noting the positive developments in implementation of justice reform.   The officials have exchanged views on the progress made on Transnistrian agenda, including the measures provided for in Protocol 5+2 from Bratislava, in compromise formula proposed by OSCE Presidency – in – Office, which was accepted by Moldova.   The document aims at several activities, in the context of the policy of "small steps", to bring citizens on both sides of the Dniester river, so as to ensure freedom of movement, respect for human rights in the region and solve definitively the problems of the schools with the Latin – script teaching.   "We hope that the Bratislava Protocol will be signed and this fact will help maintain a positive dynamic in the negotiation process," said Ion Chicu.

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10:30
Prime Minister Ion Chicu today had a meeting with Italian investor Carlo Arturo Garuzzo, specialized in the production of renewable energy. Attending the meeting was Ambassador of Italy to Moldova Valeria Biagiotti.      In the beginning of the meeting, the Prime Minister said that the attraction of investments in the country’s modernization and the creation of jobs represented a priority for the cabinet. Chicu gave assurances that the investors would be backed at all stages of creation and management of the business.   The Italian ambassador introduced Carlo Arturo Garuzzo as a relevant Italian investor, noting that the Embassy of Italy would support him in all projects initiated in Moldova.   Carlo Arturo Garuzzo presented his company, specialized in the construction and management of parks of solar panels, as a group with branches in Italy, the United Kingdom and Turkey and recently in Moldova as well. In 2018, the company set into operation the biggest park of solar panels in Moldova and presently it is one of the biggest producers of renewable energy. The investor described Moldova as a country fit for the production of solar energy and informed the prime minister about his intention to considerably extend the business in the region. The investor also highlighted the intention to educate needed specialists in engineering on the platform of the Moldovan Technical University.   The Prime Minister thanked the Italian investor for the courage to invest in Moldova, despite the knowledge about current dysfunctions, and assured him of full support.     „We will discuss with the Economics and Infrastructure Ministry and other competent public authorities, in order to remove the obstacles to the edification and development of your investment initiatives,” the prime minister said.
10:30
Prime Minister Ion Chicu today met Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Moldova Zdeněk Krejcí. The officials tackled subjects on the Moldovan-Czech relations in a wide spectrum of sectors.     The Prime Minister referred to the cabinet’s priorities, among which: justice reform, investments’ attraction, infrastructure’s modernization, Association Agreement with the European Union.    „We speak out for the boosting of the bilateral cooperation and maintaining a constructive dialogue with Moldova’s partners,” Ion Chicu said.   Ambassador Zdeněk Krejcí stressed that the Czech Republic would continue backing Moldova’s European integration and the country’s modernization, meant to enhance the people’s well-being.     Prime Minister Chicu and Ambassador Zdeněk Krejcí showed determination to foster the bilateral communication and collaboration.  
10:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu today chaired the first meeting of the Governmental Commission for European Integration from the current cabinet.   In the beginning of the meeting, the Prime Minister said that the Commission had not been summoned for a long time. “The fact that it is not known when the last meeting of the Commission took place speaks about a lot of things. We must resuscitate the process of implementation of the actions provided for in the Association Agreement with EU,” the prime minister said. He confirmed the cabinet’s determination to boost Moldova’s European integration.   The participants in the meeting discussed priorities of the Moldova-EU dialogue for the next year and concrete actions due to be carried out on this dimension. The Commission members assessed the stage of implementation of the action plan for the carrying out of the Association Agreement with EU for 2017-2019.     The Prime Minister was informed including about the level of implementation of the conditionalities assumed by the government, in order to benefit from EU’s macro-financial assistance, as well as the actions undertaken to remedy the deficiencies found out by EU in the aviation sector.     In the context, decision-makers of the competent ministries informed the prime minister about the debts recorded in these fields. Among the major debts mentioned, the participants in the meeting tackled the reform of the Superior Council of Magistracy, amendments to the Customs Code and the implementation of the Third Energy Package.     In the end, the prime minister asked to foster the work of the Commission for European Integration, including at the sectoral level.
10:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu and Managing Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for Eastern Europe and the Caucasus Matteo Patrone today signed a financial arrangement worth 50 million dollars. The arrangement will allow purchasing natural gas for the supply of the entire territory of Moldova during one month, in case of emergency situation.   „The arrangement signed today is a test of the good relations between Moldova and EBRD. We resorted to this mechanism, in order to complete the set of alternative solutions of supply with natural gas of Moldova’s consumers, in case of emergency situations, which do not depend on the government’s decisions. We are grateful to EBRD for this good help offered friendly and I am absolutely sure that the number of projects carried out in Moldova with EBRD’s support, as well as other foreign partners will increase on the next period,” Ion Chicu said.      The Prime Minister said that he further relied on the traditional means of delivery of gas with transit through Ukraine. “We count on the fact that the two sides, Russia and Ukraine, will reach common mind and Moldova will receive natural gas at a more advantageous price,” the Moldovan official said.   For his part, Matteo Patrone said that “the financial mechanism on which we agreed today is a one more proof of EBRD’s commitment for Moldova. The latter combines, exemplarily, what EBRD means and what can we provide to Moldova and its people. This is just the definition of a “friend in need.”   The EBRD Managing Director for Eastern Europe and the Caucasus Matteo Patrone also said that the participants in a today’s meeting of the EBRD Board had discussed including the co-financing of the construction of the Iasi-Ungheni-Chisinau gas pipeline.     The financial arrangement signed today sees that Moldova commits to reform the gas sector, such as the elaboration of the secondary legislation on the liberalization of the natural gas market and diversification of the supply sources.
Yesterday
11:00
Your Excellencies, Mr. Ambassador,   Ladies and gentlemen,   I am honoured and I should like to take this opportunity to thank you, Mr. Ambassador, for inviting me to participate in this select event, which I consider as important, so beautiful.   Today, your country marks three decades since the launch of deep transformation processes in Slovakia. When I focus on term "deep", I mean the achievements you have determined since then.   For 15 years Slovakia has been a member of the European Union.   Slovakia has probably taken the most complicated exams, joining the family of the European Union, thus demonstrating that it not only shares, not only declares, but also applies common European values.   In 2014, Moldova signed the Association Agreement with the European Union, thus declaring and confirming that it pursues the same objective.   The Government of Moldova, which I have the honour to lead, remains attached to the European integration process. It will strictly follow the commitments of Moldova assumed by signing the Association Agreement, but will also promote a balanced foreign policy, have a constructive dialogue with all our partners.   I use this opportunity to thank the Slovak Republic for the ongoing support of Moldova's European path and we continue to rely on it. The consistent support of Slovakia, both on the bilateral dimension and through the development assistance provided, is highly appreciated by the citizens of Moldova and I want to thank you for this assistance.   I should also like to use this opportunity to congratulate the Slovak Republic for the successful exercise of the mandate of the OSCE President in 2019. I express my sincere thanks to the OSCE Slovak Presidency for the efforts made to promote the negotiation process regarding the settlement of the Transnistrian referendum, including the visit of the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia to Moldova in 2019.   I address to Slovakia and to the Slovak people wishes for prosperity and success and I hope that the traditional friendly relations between Slovakia and Moldova will have the same continuity and will be consolidated.  
11:00
The Austrian company Gebauer & Griller (G&G) operating in Balti Free Economic Zone plans to expand its business in Moldova in 2020.   Prime Minister Ion Chicu discussed with business management of the company the expansion plans in a working meeting.   G&G is a multinational company, producing wiring for auto industry, elevators, etc., and has invested in the opening of the two factories in Moldova over 40 million dollars since 2012. Thus, the Austrian investor has created over 700 new jobs in Moldova with an average monthly salary of 10 thousand lei.   The prime minister was informed that G&G plans to expand its production to another eight thousand square meters in the north of the country, creating 600 new jobs and anticipating investments for 2020 of 8.5 million euros.   In the context, Eva Schinkinger, managing director of G&G, requested the Government's support by developing the infrastructure in the region, as well as examining the possibility of concluding free trade agreements with some states, such as Morocco and Tunisia. The G&G manager said that the government will succeed in convincing young specialists not to emigrate.   Ion Chicu assured that the government has a complex vision on solutions aimed at encouraging young people to connect their future with the Republic of Moldova and welcomed the investor's intention to expand in our country. The prime minister encouraged the investor to open branches in other districts of the country, not just in Balti.   In this context, the premier said that attracting investments in industrial platforms is a priority of the government. Gebauer & Griller company is a global operator with over 75 years experience and has opened industrial wiring factories in several countries, such as Austria, Germany, Poland and the USA. Over five thousand employees are operating there.
10:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu today met a group of Czech investors, who have recently purchased the Gas Natural Fenosa electricity distribution networks. This enterprise serves about three fourths of Moldova’s electric energy consumers.   The business people said that they had taken the decision to invest in Moldova, on grounds that the country has an advantageous geographical position. The Czech investors informed the PM about the intention to implement projects on the production of electric energy in Moldova.       Through these projects, Moldova will consolidate its energy security and will diminish its dependence on the energy resources from outside the country.      The prime minister informed the investors about the government’s priorities for the next period and the goals set.   „Your investment in Moldova is a strong message also for other potential investors. The government will do its utmost to create maximally attractive conditions for the business environment,” Ion Chicu added.
More than 2 days ago
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Prime Minister Ion Chicu today chaired a joint meeting of the cabinet members with the district heads and the mayors of the Chisinau and Balti cities. Attending the meeting were the PM’s advisers and the heads of some state agencies.     Ion Chicu congratulated the leaders of the newly elected local public administrations on the results achieved at the 20 October ballot.   „We are sure that the key of success is the efficient communication, a constructive and pragmatic dialogue between the cabinet and the local public authorities (APL). We have a technocrat government, so we do not regard the district heads through the light of the political orientation. The solving of the present problems at the level of district and, in general, on the country, matters for us,” Ion Chicu said.       In the context, the Prime Minister stressed that such working meetings must be held quarterly. Ion Chicu noted that all ministers would weekly pay working visits to Moldova’s districts and the practice to organize cabinet meetings in the territory might be resumed.      „Till late next January, I want to come to each district and hold discussions with the decision-makers. All that matters for me are, in fact, the steps following my visit in the territory,” Ion Chicu also said.   The district heads reviewed the most important problems faced, among which: lack of staff, unattractive salaries for public sector employees, bad roads, impossibility to hinder the erecting of illegal constructions, etc.      The prime minister asked the colleagues to take note of the problems set forth by APL and get involved in line with the government’s Action Plan.   In the end of the meeting, Ion Chicu urged all leaders to make sure of the sufficient preparation to cope with the cold season of the year, mentioning here: the maintaining of the communication ways in a practicable state, supply with thermal agent of the public institutions and people’s dwellings, as well as the backing of the socially vulnerable categories.
12:30
Prime Minister Ion Chicu today had a meeting with Ambassador of Lithuania to Moldova Kestutis Kudzmanas.   The Prime Minister referred to the cabinet’s priorities. “The justice reform remains our priority. We are aware that, without order in the judicial system, we will not be able to make progress in other sectors either,” the prime minister said.   Ion Chicu also stressed that an action plan of the government, due to comprise all aspects of the social and economic life, would be approved at the next cabinet meeting.   „We have great plans on improving the national economy through massive investments in infrastructure and energy security. In this respect, we try to maintain an open dialogue and a balance with all our foreign partners, as well as with the international organizations,” Ion Chicu noted.   For his part, Ambassador of Lithuania Kestutis Kudzmanas reiterated his state’s support for Moldova and confirmed the Lithuanian government’s willingness to provide assistance and expertise where needed.   „Moldova needs international support now. We recommend that the Moldovan government more intensely asks for support on behalf of foreign partners. The European Union is ready to provide support, but, first of all, it wants to see concrete results of the reforms,” the Lithuanian diplomat said.       In the end, Ambassador Kestutis Kudzmanas thanked the prime minister for openness and wished him success in his work. 
9 December 2019
15:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu attended today a joint meeting with President Igor Dodon and Speaker Zinaida Greceanîi.   The premier presented the issues discussed, the decisions and the agenda agreed for the next week before the press.   Chicu said that this week he will have a lot of important meetings with the business environment and meetings with local public authorities.   "Tomorrow I will have a meeting with the newly elected district heads. I want to find out from the first source the problems faced by the local authorities and identify mechanisms to increase the efficiency of APL. We will team up with APL so that together we can improve the life of people,” he said.   He noted that important projects will be promoted in the coming days, such as the approval of the Istanbul Convention at the government meeting and its submission to Parliament for ratification.   He also pointed out a staff decision. "In a few days, an advisor to the prime minister on human rights will be appointed. The selection procedure has already begun," Chicu said.
15:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu has reconfirmed the government’s determination to combat the corruption phenomenon, as it stays at the origin of the problems faced by Moldova. The PM made statements to this effect at the opening of the National Anticorruption Conference today.      The prime minister emphasized that the corruption phenomenon had been tolerated by politicians, as well as by state’s bodies too much time.   „During years, politicians and opinion-makers have been competing on who speaks with more inspiration about the corruption phenomenon, who organizes bigger conferences; yet, the intensity of the public discussions have not yielded the expected results. We must seriously deal with the re-bringing people’s trust in future and for this, we should modernize the economy, industrialize the country, create jobs and enhance the people’s well-being,” Ion Chicu said.         The prime minister urged to giving up aggressive attacks against people from whom progress is expected in fighting corruption. “If we want them to do their job better, let us help them become better,” the PM stressed.      The prime minister appealed to the National Anticorruption Centre’s (CNA) officers, as well as other competent institutions:”We, the government’s team, rely on your responsibility, objectiveness and good intention to change the things in Moldova. We need your energy, inspiration and patriotism. I am the supporter of the idea that only we can make proper order at home – let us make order and edify a better future here, at home.”       In the context, the prime minister noted that he had ruled to set up a public institution meant to coordinate the volunteering activities and promote the wide-scale involvement of citizens in removing the corruption phenomenon.
15:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu today participated in a ceremony on the detaching of the 12th National Army’s contingent on an international peacekeeping mission to Kosovo.     The PM said that, through these servicemen, Moldova contributed to the regional and international security, proving that the country has professional officers, whose education had been tested in operations.     „These military represent our pride; we respect them and admire their courage. We have the duty to create them the best conditions for education and we will do our utmost to this end,” PM Ion Chicu noted.      The prime minister wished a safe journey to the soldiers of the peacekeeping mission, assuring them of the confidence put by the current cabinet in the servicemen in charge of promoting Moldova’s image as reliable partner. “We trust your dedication and energy. We are sure that you will act, so that Moldova is associated to such terms as dignity and safety,” the PM stressed.       Those 40 servicemen during six months will work at the Camp Vilaggio Italia multinational base, placed in the Pech settlement, Kosovo. The decision on detaching National Army military to the KFOR mission was approved by Moldova’s parliament on 1 November 2013 and the first contingent was sent on 8 March 2014. 
11:00
A young man, Igor Bodean, from the Vasieni village, central Ialoveni district, through a social network addressed Prime Minister Ion Chicu with a request to organize an excursion to the government.     The young man is fond of volunteering, is the leader of an initiative group and has managed to create a team of supporters, who back him in useful social activities, such as taking care of elderly people, sanitation of settlements or even working out of projects meant to attract money for the thermal insulation or repair of roofs of public buildings.     The Prime Minister accepted the request and invited the young volunteers to the government.   At the visit, the team of 17 children benefited from an excursion, which included the cabinet’s session hall, government’s museum and several working halls.       After the excursion, the young people had a discussion with the prime minister and exchanged opinions on how Moldova’s future should be and how each person can contribute for this future to come as soon as possible.   The Prime Minister informed the young people about the priority place of the education in the government’s Action Plan. Ion Chicu assured the volunteers that the cabinet planned concrete actions meant to improve the conditions of carrying out of the education process.     The Prime Minister also told the young people about government’s intention to set up a national volunteering centre as public institution, which will have the task to enhance the productivity and extend the volunteering activities.   In the end of the visit, the volunteers made pictures with the prime minister and promised to as actively as possible get involved in the solving of social problems in their settlements.  
10:30
Prime Minister, Ion Chicu, has gone, on Friday, 06 December, for an inspection visit to Chisinau Arena.      Inspecting the objective, the chief of Executive has highly appreciated the rapid evolution and high quality of the construction works of the complex, to be put into operation at the end of April 2020.   "This objective is of enormous value for the development of sport, but also of many cultural activities in Moldova. It is an example of quality in organising and carrying out works. In less than a year, the companies involved have managed, on an empty field, to develop a sports complex that is 98 per cent completed," said Ion Chicu.   Currently, there are being made preparations for testing the infrastructure and equipment that ensures the functionality of sports complex. It has been also discussed the theme of construction of a bypass road, which is to be executed by the end of April 2020.   “With the opening of this complex, athletes will have the opportunity to train at home and maintain their training at a high level. It is very important that the sports town has all the infrastructure and meets all the training needs of the athletes, including the Olympians”, added Prime Minister.   Chisinau Arena is built on an area of ​​10 hectares. The sports complex will have a multipurpose arena, small competition room, tennis club, Olympic pool, Aqua Park, an open summer pool – which in winter will turn into a skating rink, but also a modern parking lot. The construction works are carried out by a company from Turkey, based on the public – private partnership. The multifunctional complex will have a capacity of 5,000 seats.
10:30
Prime Minister, Ion Chicu, has visited today the Engineering vocational school with dual – type education system after the German model, located in district Straseni and created within the Balti Free Economic Area (ZEL). The Prime Minister has evaluated the study conditions, classrooms equipped with labs and modernised industrial facilities. For 72 pupils which study there, the institution offers a dwelling, scholarship, salary, but also a job to them.   "Here is the future. It is the best organisation that ensures a perfect synchronisation in the process of studies, academics and production. Without a solid base of professional training of engineers you can not expect serious investments in this sector. With the help of such centres, we solve the problem of the lack of highly specialised staff. Here, although there are few pupils, their degree of admission to employment is 100 per cent”, stated Prime Minister.   In the context, Ion Chicu has mentioned that the development of the high value – added products industry offers the possibility of rebirth of Moldova, which is why the Government intends to expand industrial platforms throughout Moldova.   "Such industrial platforms represent a proven solution for rebirth of localities and even regions. This example should be replicated in all districts. We have already had a good start. Our children, after they become engineers, will have the opportunity to work here, which is why we want to develop industrial platforms all over the country," said PM, adding that on it, it will be held discussions with large investors from Moldova, interested in developing such centres.   Ion Chicu has also discussed with pupils. They have stated that they are satisfied with the conditions offered by institution. The engineering vocational school within Balti ZEL has the possibility to train about 500 pupils and has concluded contracts for employment of pupils with 17 economic agents in Moldova.   Finally, in the Book of the institution, Ion Chicu has left the following message "Here, it is reborn Moldova".
10:00
Being at the Balti Free Economic Zone (ZEL), Prime Minister, Ion Chicu, has visited the production plants of 02 resident companies: Dräxlmaier, with German investments, and Gebauer & Griller – with Austrian capital. Both companies are manufacturers of industrial wiring.   Dräxlmaier is the largest investor in ZEL Balti and specialises in producing car harnesses for automotive industry.   The Premier has discussed with the management of companies on the development of investor business, but also the challenges they face. The head of the Executive has been interested to know how the Government can support the development of industrial sector, so that Moldova becomes a lab for creating high value – added products.   "The Government is prepared to create favourable conditions for attracting investors. We know what needs to be done for it, but we want to reset our agenda of measures according to needs of economic agents. We see the first experience and it serves as a basis for attracting other investors into region," said Ion Chicu.   Prime Minister has also emphasised that the development of industrial projects in Moldova would cause Moldovans not to go abroad, or even to return home. "I think the industrial platforms and engineers in Moldova are ready to contribute to the development of new products and technologies. The Cabinet is thinking on it and we are very interested to know how we can support such initiatives. We are sure that thousands of Moldovans will return home when they know that there are jobs near their dwellings”.   Dräxlmaier has created over 6,000 jobs nationwide so far, and Gebauer & Griller has over 100 employees at present.
10:00
Prime Minister, Ion Chicu, has visited on Saturday village Drepcauti, Briceni district. The visit was scheduled as a result of multiple calls coming from this locality.   The inhabitants of Drepcauti have addressed 02 issues: the first is the conflict between the newly elected mayor, Angela Rurac, and the former mayor of Drepcauti, Ghenadie Ioxa, which prevents the entry of the new elected leadership, in the exercise of function.   Another problem addressed by a large number of locals is the access to the property lands which, in their words, is hindered by a businessman from Chisinau.   In the case of the first problem, after listening to both parties, the prime minister ordered the involvement of control authorities in examining the situation.   "This situation looks very ugly. Once the people have chosen the new leadership, it must activate. The law must be at the head of the table. We shall analise the activity of the former leadership of the mayor's office, and the guilty persons will be punished," said Ion Chicu.   In the case of the problem of access to land, PM has organised a hearing of the locals, within the mayor's office. It was formed a line of about 100 persons for audience at Prime Minister.   “I came here to find out the essence of the issue. I understand that the problem is deeper and derives from the involvement of local public authorities (APL) and law enforcement agencies operating in the territory. We shall definitely do an investigation on it,” said Ion Chicu.
10:00
During a working visit to the north of Moldova, Prime Minister, Ion Chicu, has gone to inspect the Criva customs station, on border with Ukraine.   There have also been present, acting head of Customs Service (SV), Sergiu Burduja, as well as head of Border Police (PF), Corneliu Groza. The officials have informed the Prime Minister that during the weekends and, in particular, on the eve of winter holidays, there is an increased flow of passengers at the customs station. In order to speed up the traffic, during these periods, the number of employees is increased and there are used all passing lanes, regardless of their destination.   Prime Minister has asked the employees to ensure fully the functionality of crossing point, without putting pressure on returning citizens, tourists, but also economic agents exporting goods.   Ion Chicu was also interested in duration of the economic agents from ZEL Balti passing the customs post, both on import and export. The Premier was informed that to facilitate the activity of businesses, they, as well as other economic agents, are provided with a green corridor when crossing the border.   PM has also talked to the persons which were crossing the state border (FS) at that time and they told him that they did not encounter any difficulties, and the process proceeded quickly and easily.
10:00
I express my sympathy for the loss of life of ten people, as a result of the 4 December fire in Odessa.   I convey my deepest condolences to the families and those close to them.   In these difficult times, I am thinking of all those affected by the terrible tragedy. The pain of the death of a loved one cannot be alleviated with anything.
6 December 2019
17:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu today had a discussion with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs of the United States George Kent.   In the beginning of the meeting, the prime minister described Moldova’s relation with the USA as extremely important and the assistance provided by the U.S. Government to Moldova – as quite valuable.   At the meeting, Prime Minister Chicu referred to the government’s plans meant to attract investments, as well as to a string of priorities contained on the cabinet’s agenda. In the context, the prime minister mentioned the justice reform, growth of the economy, ensuring a friendly investment climate and development of the infrastructure all over Moldova.     The prime minister gave assurances that the current government would continue implementing the reforms and was willing to advance on this dimension. “We are a team willing to change the things in Moldova and we need your support, in order to fulfill the commitments taken,” Ion Chicu said.     The prime minister expressed wish to strengthen the relations with the foreign partners and maintain a mutually advantageous dialogue.
14:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu today had a discussion with a group of investors from Israel. The business people informed the Prime Minister about the activity sectors they were interested in, among which the agriculture, including the organic agriculture, technologies applicable in cybernetics and the defence field.   The prime minister welcomed the investors’ intentions and encouraged latter, assuring them of the active support of the government’s institutions.   In the context, the prime minister asked the director of the Moldovan Investors Agency, Rodica Verbeniuc, to provide support for the creation of the agenda of investors’ communication with decision-makers, as well as with other actions and information they need.   
11:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu today had a meeting with Charge d’ Affaires of the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Moldova Hamad Rashid Al-Athba. The two officials discussed opportunities of bilateral cooperation in the social and economic sectors, as well as investment opportunities existing in Moldova.   Referring to the development and strengthening of the economic ties between the two countries in the long run, Prime Minister Chicu stressed the need to actively promote the business opportunities offered by Moldova to business people from Qatar, through organization of business forums and missions.     ”We are concerned about the attraction of investments to the country’s economy, which are to develop competitive enterprises and provide stable jobs. Therefore, knowing the investment potential of the State of Qatar, we want to see as many as possible investors from this country in Moldova,” the prime minister said.   The charge d’ affaires of the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Moldova gave assurances that he would contribute to fostering the dialogue, in order to identify and promote opportunities of bilateral cooperation. Hamad Rashid Al-Athba reaffirmed the support and wish of the Doha authorities to bolster the economic cooperation between Qatar and Moldova.      
5 December 2019
15:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu today visited the music school from the northern Soldanesti town.   The school’s building has 130 years and is placed in a home which once belonged to boyar Risleakov. A team of 13 teachers work at the institution, who educate together 98 pupils. The school’s headmaster, Sorina Ciobanu, told the PM the history of the school and described the importance of the institution for the Soldanesti town with emotions specific for teachers.     At the meeting, the headmaster asked for cabinet’s support to get a new building, which is to enhance the pupils’ comfort and the school’s attractiveness.   „The culture needs increased attention on behalf of the government,” Prime Minister Chicu said.      In the context, the PM noted that he had been a pupil of a musical school himself. “I understand the costs entailed by the musical education and the problems faced by the school and parents. We will make efforts to provide the necessary support,” the prime minister added.
14:30
Prime Minister Ion Chicu today had a meeting with the local public authorities (APL), set up after the 20 October polls, during a visit to the northern Soldanesti district.     The Prime Minister urged the APL leaders to focus on the settlement of people’s problems and prioritizing the actions for the 2020 year.     Among the problems mentioned by the residents of the Soldanesti district, there are the bad quality of roads, insufficient access of drinking water and gas supply networks to some institutions, as well as the lack of jobs, which triggers young people’s migration abroad.   At the dialogue, the prime minister referred to the government’s tasks, which regard: justice reform, development of the economy and infrastructure, as well as the creation of jobs, in order to reduce the exodus of citizens, increasing salaries for public sector employees, maintaining a balanced foreign policy and preserving a constructive dialogue with the foreign partners.     „We should tend to advance in resuscitating the infrastructure and industry in districts, to identify industrial platforms and spaces due to bring investors. Only in this way, we will contribute to the development not only of settlements, but also of the entire country,” Ion Chicu said.      At the same time, the Prime Minister stressed that such visits to the territory were beneficial and allowed the learning of problems faced by the citizens directly from the first source. In the context, the prime minister said: ”The government will boost the dialogue with the local public authorities. I am open to communicate will all mayors at any moment about the problems and wishes the residents have. I am at your disposal without bureaucracy and official letters.”  
14:00
Today, Prime Minister, Ion Chicu, has participated in the launch of Digital Park, the largest IT park in Moldova. In his speech, the head of Government has described this project as revolutionary and especially appreciated the large number of jobs created and their high quality.   "All almost 1,000 employees have excellent working conditions here and will definitely generate profit for company and country," said Ion Chicu.   The Premier has thanked the management of company for investment courage and welcomed the support given to the project by development partners of Moldova. In this context, Prime Minister Chicu mentioned that IT field is an important one in the process of modernising the national economy.   "Through your investment you have opened up employment opportunities, which have made a large number of persons stay in Moldova. I am sure that in any other locality of Moldova we can replicate such projects”, added Prime Minister.   Digital Park is a project designed to become a central meeting place for companies operating in IT industry. Digital Park is the answer to the need to connect technology companies with historians or start – up businesses, IT developers, national and international companies, oriented to innovation and progress, in a safe place, in Chisinau city. IT Park is a revolutionary space that adapts to all generations of companies and entrepreneurs, an industrial platform, a business ecosystem and also a project designed to respond to urban needs, being ready to take on the role of alternative centre of Chisinau.
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Prime Minister Ion Chicu today visited the bread-making factory Brodetchi from the northern Soldanesti town.     The enterprise marks the 25th anniversary of its foundation this year. Daily, those almost 90 employees produce about 10 tons of bread and confectioner’s goods, distributed not only in the Soldanesti district.     The Prime Minister had a dialogue with the factory’s director, Ion Brodetchi, who enumerated a string of problems faced by the enterprise he leads. Brodetchi also shared with the prime minister the plans of investments in the enterprise’s development.     At the meeting, Prime Minister Ion Chicu assured the entrepreneur of the government’s support. “You have our every support, if you rule to extend and generate more jobs for people from the region,” the Prime Minister said.     In Soldanesti, Prime Minister Chicu paid a visit to the Forever seeds factory. The enterprise, set up in 2001, has 40 employees. Annually, they cultivate and technologically process 1,500 tons of maize seeds. Almost 70 per cent of these seeds are meant for export to Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan and Asian countries and the rest are used on the domestic market.       Prime Minister Chicu informed entrepreneurs about the cabinet’s intentions to massively invest in the road infrastructure in 2020. He noted that this step would simplify the management of the business and will cut the transport costs and was also meant to attract industrial investments in Moldova’s districts, as well as to enhance the social well-being. The latter will be an important stimulus in the evolution of the regional business.  
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A meeting of the Economic Council under the Prime Minister, chaired by Prime Minister Ion Chicu, took place at the government today.     Attending the meeting were also Economics and Infrastructure Minister Anatol Usatii, Health, Labour and Social Protection Minister Viorica Dumbraveanu, Interior Minister Pavel Voicu, Defence Minister Victor Gaiciuc, Education, Culture and Research Minister Corneliu Popovici, as well as heads of public institutions.     In the beginning of the meeting, the prime minister said: “The dialogue between   the government and the business community is essential for the development of Moldova’s economy. The priority goals on this dimension are the creation of a predictable business climate, which secures the investments. The government will support the creation of jobs and investments in the economy’s modernization.”     The Prime Minister reiterated that the current cabinet would definitively focus on the social and economic problems and almost 40 per cent of the government’s agenda was meant for meeting investors.     ”We will quickly advance on the justice reform and we will focus attention on the development of infrastructure. These are the most important requirements of the foreign investors, who are ready to do business in Moldova,” Ion Chicu said.   The prime minister enumerated a string of initiatives of the government, meant to encourage the entrepreneurial activity, such as massive investments in the road infrastructure, scheduled for 2020 or the establishment of the office of Business Ombudsman, who has the task to simplify and optimize the process of business management in Moldova.      In the context, the Prime Minister urged entrepreneurs to actively get involved and come up with proposals which would improve the quality of the dialogue between the business environment and the authorities.   The representatives of the business associations and business environment enumerated a string of actions which might improve the business climate, among which: diminution of the quota of the value added tax (VAT) for the HORECA sector, capping the tariffs at the online payments, threats triggered by the licence entrepreneurial work, digitalization of the medical services, de-monopolization of the oncological services, working out norms meant to remove the food prodigality, transparency of the work of the National Health Insurances Company, etc.        In the end of the meeting, Prime Minister Chicu said that he had taken note of all ideas formulated by the participants in the meeting and asked the council’s secretariat to include the subjects tackled in the Action Plan for 2020.     About 90 representatives of the business environment and partner institutions in Moldova’s development participated in the meeting. Mila Malairau from the American Chamber of Commerce from Moldova, Sergiu Harea of the Moldovan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the executive director of the Employers, Vlad Caminschi, Ana Groza from the Foreign Investors Association and the head of the Secretariat of the Economic Council under the Prime Minister, Ion Lupan, as well as other business personalities and from the associative sector took part in the meeting. 
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Prime Minister Ion Chicu, in the beginning of a today’s cabinet meeting, referred to the salary debts recorded in the public sector for last October and demanded the urgent solving of this problem. „Due to deficiencies in the cabinet’s work in a previous period, we have debts in the payment of salaries in the public sector for October 2019. At 12:00, there were 1,525 people from 64 institutions who failed to receive their salaries for last October. I want to know when we finish the payment of salaries,” Ion Chicu said.     The finance minister said that most salaries had been paid. “We work intensely with the institutions which remained without salaries, in order to overcome the situation. The financings are available; there are more than enough financial means. We believe that on 5 December or on 6 December at the latest, everything must be paid off,” Finance Minister Sergiu Puscuta said.      In continuation, the Prime Minister stressed the importance of identifying the infrastructure for investments in each district centre. Chicu noted that he was set to meet the heads of the district councils elected at the 20 October ballot, in order to establish a programme to this end. “I spoke to Minister Usatii the creation of industrial platforms in each district centre. I know that you have started elaborating a plan which contains spaces where we could develop these industrial platforms. Please, finish this list as soon as possible,” the prime minister said.        At the same meeting, PM Ion Chicu tackled the subject of economic development and increase in the number of jobs, stressing the importance of changing the regulation to this effect. “I want to mention the subject on the subsidization of jobs, of the salaries of our fellow countrymen who work abroad. Next year, we will implement major projects and we will need additional labour force and we rely on our fellow countrymen who left abroad. We should attract them home and we are set to subsidize the salaries from the state budget,” the prime minister emphasized.    The Prime Minister referred also to the First Home programme, the pace of implementation of which has considerably decreased, noting that mechanisms must be created to restart this programme.       The Prime Minister also asked to enhance the responsibility of the employees from the governmental structures and public institutions as to the use of public money in one’s own interest. “I know that there is the tendency, when a person comes to a new office, he/she wants to change the laptop, gadgets, vehicle. We must leave this tendency of renewal in the past. We do not buy new laptops, phones at the expense of the institution. I know cases of wish to spend public money,” the PM said. Ion Chicu asked the State Chancellery to check the way the service transport of the National Health Insurances Company is used, as well as to assess other structures. 
3 December 2019
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Prime Minister, Ion Chicu, and head of OSCE Mission to Moldova, Claus Neukirch, have exchanged views on developments in the process of settlement of the Transnistrian issue today.   Prime Minister has emphasised the important role of OSCE, as mediator, in solving the Transnistrian issue and confirmed the interest of Government in intensifying dialogue of talks in format 5+2.   The head of OSCE Mission to Moldova has welcomed the good cooperation of Government led by Ion Chicu in the process of conducting negotiations on the Transnistrian issue, noting the positive developments in implementation of justice reform.   The officials have exchanged views on the progress made on Transnistrian agenda, including the measures provided for in Protocol 5+2 from Bratislava, in compromise formula proposed by OSCE Presidency – in – Office, which was accepted by Moldova.   The document aims at several activities, in the context of the policy of "small steps", to bring citizens on both sides of the Dniester river, so as to ensure freedom of movement, respect for human rights in the region and solve definitively the problems of the schools with the Latin – script teaching.   "We hope that the Bratislava Protocol will be signed and this fact will help maintain a positive dynamic in the negotiation process," said Ion Chicu.
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Every year, on 3 December, together with the entire world community, we mark the Day of People with Disabilities. This date is of great educational social importance - it is an additional occasion to realize that we can and must be better and more careful.   We as a society have been through complicated periods of state formation. Probably for this reason many important decisions we make late.   Disability is not a physical condition. Disability is a difference that prevents full and efficient participation of the person in social life under equal conditions. But the barriers can be reduced and we can ensure a wider participation of people with disabilities in social life - we just have to open our hearts wider.   The government is determined to be involved in reducing the barriers faced by disabled people in using their potential. The transformation of disability into ability, by ensuring access to the physical, social, economic and cultural environment, to the systems of health protection and education, to information and communication, will contribute in the long term to the general well-being, to the social and economic development of the country.   Given the principle of equal and inalienable rights of all citizens of Moldova, the government will continue to promote policies to equalize the chances of achieving the economic, social, civil, cultural and political rights of each member of the society.   The events organized these days give us the opportunity to know new examples of perseverance, dignity and insistence on achieving aspirations.   The protagonists of the photo exhibition, launched today in the premises of the government, through their attitude, manage to inspire and are actively involved in national and international projects, which promote social inclusion.  
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