The Parliamentary Working Group on Gagauzia convened its first official meeting using an online platform

The meeting took place on May 26 and was attended by delegates from the Moldovan Parliament and representatives from the People’s Assembly of ATU Gagauzia, as well as representatives of the Swedish Embassy in Moldova, OSCE, and the Office of the OSCE High Commissioner for National Minorities as observers. The meeting was organized and facilitated by the International Organization Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), following several informal meetings of the Working Group.

During the meeting, the participants discussed the Working Group’s proposals for the continuation of the permanent dialogue between the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova and the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia, strengthening the functionality of ATU Gagauzia according to the legislation of the Republic of Moldova and clarifying the competences of ATU Gagauzia considering the Autonomy’s priorities. The agenda of the meeting included topics on the protection of archaeological heritage, the protection of mobile national cultural heritage, the amendment of Article 4 of the Law on Culture no. 413/1999, and approval of a logo for the Working Group.

In his address, the Co-Chair of the Group from the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, Mr. Vlad Batrincea, welcomed the convening of the Working Group, thanked the experts for their support, and expressed the need to ensure a high level of harmonization of relations at the institutional level and in the interest of citizens, by reaching a common consensus for productive dialogue.

The Co-Chair of the Group from ATU Gagauzia, Mr. Gheorghe Leiciu, also addressed the group, reiterating the importance of the Working Group to materialize the competencies of the authorities of ATU Gagauzia, taking into account the needs and socio-economic priorities of the autonomy to achieve the results planned by the group.

The members of the Working Group agreed to continue the dialogue platform with the involvement of international experts, departments and ministries who will provide the technical advice and expertise needed to harmonize legislation, and also to come up with practical solutions for a better life for the people of the country.

The members also agreed on a plan for future formal meetings, and the development of discussion topics for approval in the format of the Working Group.

The Parliamentary Working Group on Gagauzia is composed of representatives from the Moldovan Parliament and the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia, and was established in November 2015 at the initiative of the President of Parliament. The Group works to improve the functioning of the Gagauzia 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 deputies of the Parliament and of the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia is promoted and facilitated by CMI. In the framework of the project “Supporting inclusive dialogue and capacity building for a more functional Gagauz Autonomy in Moldova” funded by Sweden, CMI coordinates the informal dialogue between representatives of the Moldovan Parliament and the Gagauzia People’s Assembly, and provides Good Offices to the Working Group. The project brings together legislators, experts and interested parties from Chisinau, Comrat and across Moldova to find joint solutions to common issues related to the Gagauzia autonomy.

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