The Working Group on ensuring functionality of the ATU Gagauzia held its official meetings online. Members of the group took part in the working meetings, in particular, members of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova and representatives of the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia, representatives of the Embassy of Sweden in Chisinau and experts of the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI).
During the meetings held on March 9 and 16, the Report on Activities of the Working Group on ensuring functionality of the autonomous territorial unit of Gagauzia and provisions of the legislation of the Republic of Moldova on the special status of the ATU Gagauzia for 2020 were presented. Despite the difficult period of the pandemic, formal and informal meetings of the Working Group were held in 2020, as well as training sessions facilitated by international experts.
In addition, during the 2020 reporting year, the Parliament adopted two laws related to local public administration and organization of territorial administrations. At the same time, a Decree was adopted on making changes and amendments to Law No. 218/2010 On Protection of Archaeological Heritage and on making changes and amendments to Law No. 1530/1993 On Protection of Monuments. Also a high-level meeting was organized with the participation of representatives of the OSCE and the Working Group in order to discuss topics raised during the conference-dialogue “Functioning of the Autonomy as a Strategy for Inclusive Governance: International Practices and Experience of the Republic of Moldova”.
During the last two meetings a Decree was adopted on making amendments to Law No. 135/2003 On the Trade of Folk Art in order to delegate competencies to authorities of the ATU Gagauzia so that they could regulate by means of a local law activities in the field of folk arts and crafts in the ATU Gagauzia taking into consideration local specifics.
In addition, a Decree was adopted on making changes and amendments to Law No. 228/2010 On Plant Protection and Phytosanitary Quarantine. Therefore, authorities of the ATU Gagauzia would be included in the system of authorities that are responsible for promoting the single state policy in the phytosanitary sphere in the territory of the ATU Gagauzia.
It was proposed to discuss the issue of including representatives of the ATU Gagauzia in decision-making boards of the Environmental Fund, Energy Efficiency Fund and Social Investment Fund of Moldova. Following the discussions, it was proposed to recommend the Government to consider a possibility of including representatives of local public administrations of the ATU Gagauzia in the decision-making boards.
“I believe that inclusion of colleagues in these funds would definitely contribute to strengthening of the dialogue, improving institutional relations and, ultimately, to improving social services that are provided in the entire country, including the ATU Gagauzia”, noted Vlad Batrincea, the Co-Chairman of the Parliamentary Working Group.
In his turn, the co-chairman of the Group from the National Assembly of Gagauzia, Gheorghi Leiciu said: “When there is a dialogue, there are results. Such practice would contribute to convergence between the centre and the autonomy from the point of view of coordination of regional development projects and improving the quality of life of people in general”.
In the near future, delegated members of parliamentary factions and representatives of the People’s Assembly of the ATU Gagauzia will continue their meetings at working sessions. At their next meeting, members of Group will approve the working agenda for 2021.
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.