The Parliamentary Working Group met to report on activities conducted, and approve a joint Work Plan.
The dialogue process held through the Parliamentary Working Group on Gagauzia continues to bring concrete results. The group met in person on September 22, following a successful series of online meetings. The formal meeting took place in Comrat, attended by members of the Group, members of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova and the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia, and experts from Crisis Management Initiative (CMI).
During the meeting, participants analyzed and identified key priorities in the Action Plan that was approved by the Group at the previous meeting. They also discussed the Working Group’s Activity Report for the first semester, and examined Law No. 1530/1993 on the protection of monuments and amendments to article 4 of the Law of Culture No. 413/1999. The group then examined and voted on Law No. 218/2010 on the protection of archaeological heritage.
I propose [that we] support the plan outlining our short-term priorities, and to involve the Government, experts and relevant bodies in [our work] order to obtain information on the resources needed to learn the state language and to train the necessary staff for this process, but also on other topics requested by members of the Working Group.
mentioned the Co-Chair of the Working Group from the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, Mr. Vlad Batrincea
As a result of the discussions, key topics related to the fields of culture, education and ecology; mechanisms and procedures for relations between the Center and ATU Gagauzia; policy development; socio-economic development and more were proposed and approved for implementation.
The meeting was productive, and we achieved the proposed goals. We have a work plan that we intend to fulfill by the end of the year. At the same time, I am glad that the Group’s activity has continued despite the pandemic and the challenges we encountered, and the Activity Report reflects the Group’s results.
said the Co-Chair of the Group from the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia, Mr. Gheorghii Leiciu
At the end of the meeting, the members of the Working Group agreed on the interpellation of the ministries for reporting on various topics and information relevant to the implementation of the Group’s activities. In next period, the delegated members of the parliamentary parties and the representatives of the People’s Assembly of ATU Gagauzia will continue to meet in formal and informal meetings to continue the dialogue process.
The dialogue between Members of Parliament and the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia is facilitated by the CMI within the “Gagauzia Dialogue” project, funded by Sweden. CMI is a non-profit organization foundedin 2000 by Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari. The organization aims at preventing and resolving conflicts and maintaining lasting peace.
The Parliamentary Working Group on Gagauzia was created in November 2015 at the initiative of the Speaker of the Parliament to improve the functioning of Gagauz autonomy in the constitutional framework of the Republic of Moldova, based on the 1994 Law on the special status of Gagauzia. The group is composed of representatives from the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova and the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia.