The outbreak caused by the pandemic – challenges humanity to be innovative, flexible, and adaptable. In light of the restrictions of the COVID pandemic the CMI Office in Moldova has continued to implement the project “Supporting Inclusive Dialogue and Strengthening Capacities for a Better Functioning Gagauz Autonomy in Moldova”, with funding from Sweden. Taking into account the COVID restrictions CMI has continued supporting the dialogue process through the efficient use of online communication tools.
The Gagauzia Working Group consisting of an equal number of representatives from the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova and People’s Assembly of the ATU Gagauzia agreed that, despite the pandemic, it was necessary to continue efforts to strengthen the dialogue process and trust between Chisinau and Comrat as well as demonstrating continued commitment to the CMI-supported dialogue process. However the restrictions on the organization of personal meetings between the participants of the dialogue platform, through the use of different approaches, the processes are gradually adapting to ensure the consistency, continuity, and functionality of the Working Group.
On May 12, 2020, following a number of separate online meetings, the MPs from the Moldovan Parliament and the members of the Gagauzia People’s Assembly successfully met in a new online format. The objective of the informal meeting was to elaborate a joint vision on the continuation of the dialogue process and identify a strategic approach to short-term and long-term priorities for the Working Group.
The Gagauzia Working Group was initiated in 2015, in order to improve the functioning of the Gagauz autonomy within the constitutional framework of the Republic of Moldova, based on the Law on the special legal status of Gagauzia in 1994. Since the launch of this dialogue platform through CMI facilitation, the working group has adopted over 40 joint decisions, one of which contributed to the establishment of the Agency for Regional Development of the ATU Gagauzia, and as a result, the autonomy has received financial support for carrying out important development projects.