A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe carried out a post-monitoring visit to the Republic of Moldova on 21 June 2022. The delegation examined the situation of local and regional democracy in the light of the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, ratified by the country in 1997.
Rapporteurs on local and regional democracy, Gunn Marit Helgesen (Norway, EPP/CCE) and Marc Cools (Belgium, ILDG) focused on the developments in the field of local and regional democracy that occurred since the adoption of the last Congress report in April 2019 and the corresponding roadmap signed in April 2021. The last post-monitoring visit was held online in February 2022.
The delegation met Dumitru Urdea, Secretary General of the Government, Dumitru Budianschi, Minister of Finance, Irina Vlah, Bashkan [governor] of the Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia and Larisa Voloh, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee for Public Administration.
Bilateral discussions were be also held with Ion Ceban, President of the Moldovan national delegation to the Congress, Tatiana Badan, CALM President and Viorel Furdui, CALM Executive Director.
The Republic of Moldova ratified the European Charter of Local Self-Government in 1997. The countries which have ratified the Charter are bound by its provisions. The Charter requires compliance with a minimum number of rights, which form the European bedrock of local self-government. The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities makes sure that these principles are observed.
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Stéphanie POIREL, Secretary of the Monitoring Committee
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