The dialogue in the framework of the Working Group on Ensuring Functioning of the ATU Gagauzia continues. The informal meeting was held online and was attended by members of the Group, members of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova and representatives of the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia, as well as experts of the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI).
Proposals concerning priorities of activities of the Working Group on Ensuring Functioning of the ATU Gagauzia for 2021 were examined at the meeting.
The main topics of the discussions included the following: ensuring continuity of activities of the Working Group and the dialogue process, as well as work in the sphere of legislation and defining competencies of authorities of the ATU Gagauzia, the mechanism of institutional procedures for interaction between central authorities and authorities of the ATU Gagauzia in various spheres – education, language policies, implementation of the communication strategy and promotion of activities of the Working Group.
Besides, the work plan of the Working Group experts was considered at previous meetings. In addition, such topics as promotion of application of the People’s Assembly consultation mechanism with respect to drafts of normative acts that touch upon interests of the ATU Gagauzia, analysis of the legislation in the sphere of environment and finalization of draft laws in the sphere of plant protection and phytosanitary quarantine. The issue of public water supply and wastewater disposal systems was also raised.
After the work plan is presented, it would be discussed, edited and voted on at formal meetings.
The dialogue between Members of Parliament and representatives of the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia has been facilitated by the CMI within the Gagauzia Dialogue project, which has been funded by Sweden since 2015. CMI is a non-profit organization founded by Nobel Peace Prize laureate, former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari in 2000. The organization’s efforts are aimed at preventing and resolving conflicts and maintaining a lasting peace.
The 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 members of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova and representatives of the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia.