During October 30 – November 2, 2019, the Autumn Academy 2019 namely “Decentralization, autonomies and minority rights” took place in Moldova.
The participants to the Academy were representatives of civil society, media and local public administration. During 4 days, 38 participants from Comrat, Transnistria and Chisinau were informed about the principles of international and national law of decentralization and autonomy, which have constitutional value and are meant to ensure good governance.
On Friday, November 1, the participants paid a working visit to Comrat, where they had meetings with the representatives of the local academia, at the Comrat State University and with the representatives of the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia. They met Irina Vlah, the Governor of ATU Gagauzia, Vladimir Kyssa, the President of Gagauzia People’s Assembly, Olesea Tanasoglo, Deputy Governor of ATU Gagauzia, Mihail Zhelezoglo, member of APG.
During the visit, the participants learned about the administration of the Autonomy, its educational system, and local culture. At the same time, special attention was paid to autonomy’s focus on studying the Gagauz language and related activities.
The participants discussed the activity and competences of Gagauz legislative body and the territorial administrative organization. They also learned about the prerogatives of the People’s Assembly as well as the need for a clear separation of powers at the legislative level.
The Autumn 2019 Academy was concluded with the International Conference “Decentralization, good governance and minority rights”. It took place on Monday, November 4, within the premises of the State University of Moldova.
The event is implemented by the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) in the frames of the project “Supporting Inclusive Dialogue and Strengthening Capacities for a Better Functioning Gagauz Autonomy in Moldova”, funded by Sweden.