The activity of the Parliamentary Working Group on Gagauzia continues

On July 10, 2020, took place the meeting of the Parliamentary Working Group on Gagauzia for ensuring the functionality of ATU Gagauzia.  The meeting was attended by the delegated members of Moldova’s parliamentary parties and representatives of the People’s Assembly of ATU Gagauzia who constitute the Group, and was facilitated by the international organization Crisis Management Initiative (CMI).

The purpose of the meeting was to approve the Action Plan for the Group, which includes both medium and long term objectives. The deputies discussed the priorities of the Working Group in order to continue the permanent dialogue between the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova and the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia, and strengthen the functionality of ATU Gagauzia and the legislative provisions of the Republic of Moldova in relation to the special status of ATU Gagauzia.

I support the approval of the Action Plan, so we can start analysing the included topics and begin its execution as soon as possible.

said the Co-Chair of the Working Group from the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, Mr. Vlad Batrincea

It is important for us that this process has begun. This Plan is a live process that can be modified based on the vision, reality, and imminent requests of our colleagues. I consider that at this stage it is necessary to initiate the analysis of the included topics, and if we need to request international expertise and ministry support, to start developing the normative basis for this.

added the Co-Chair of the Working Group from the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia, Mr. Gheorghe Leiciu

The members of the Group agreed on topics to discuss at future meetings, and the need to invite ministry representatives to future meetings, particularly from the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research, plus relevant chancelleries and departments. Their presence at Working Group meetings will enable consultations and discussions on the need for interventions in the implementation of the joint work plan.

As a result of the joint dialogue during the meeting, the members of the Working Group formally approved the Action Plan and outlined the work priorities for the next period.

This Action plan was created together, it is a roadmap that the PWG will use to structure its priorities and activities.

noted  Ms. Ecaterina Jecova, member of the Working Group from the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia

During the discussions, Ms. Inga Grigoriu, a WG member from the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova,  requested a hearing of the relevant bodies regarding the issue on the Ialpug River. As a result, the members of the Working Party decided by mutual agreement to consult the responsible institutions.

The members of the Working Group will continue to hold formal and informal meetings to continue the dialogue process. In the coming period, the delegated members of the parliamentary parties and the representatives of the People’s Assembly of ATU Gagauzia will be involved in a series of training activities and an exchange of experience with international experts from the Eurac Research Institute based in Italy. During the online sessions, good practices in the functioning of autonomies, decentralization and distribution of legislative and administrative powers will be discussed. The activity is facilitated by CMI experts.

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The Working Group for ensuring the functionality of ATU Gagauzia and the legislative provisions of the Republic of Moldova in relation to ATU Gagauzia, composed of deputies of the Parliament and the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia, was created in November 2015 at the initiative of the President of the Parliament. The purpose of the Group’s activity is to improve the functioning of the Gagauz autonomy within the constitutional framework of the Republic of Moldova, based on the Law on the Special Status of Gagauzia of 1994.

The dialogue between the Moldovan Parliament and the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia has been facilitated by CMI since 2015 through the “Gagauzia Dialogue” project, funded by Sweden. CMI is a non-profit organization founded by Nobel Peace Prize winner Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland in 2000. The organization’s efforts are aimed at preventing and resolving conflicts and maintaining lasting peace.

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