The Democratic Party of Moldova widely assessed the challenges encountered by citizens
During the weekly meeting held on Tuesday, February 13, this year, the Democratic Party of Moldova widely assessed the challenges encountered by citizens on the basis of meetings of party representatives in the territory, as well as on the basis of the latest sociological research.
During the subsequent press briefing, PDM leader, Vlad Plahotniuc, talked about the main decisions adopted at the meeting, which will be politically supported by PDM and will be developed by the responsible government institutions.
Vlad Plahotniuc stated that an important and expected project by the citizens – ‘First Home’ – will become operational as of March this year, and the main concern is to minimize the bureaucracy in its implementation.
Also, the PDM leader asked today colleagues from the Party's Economic Department and specialists delegated to the Government to analyse how this program could come with some additional facilities for civil servants. ‘We want to find the most effective solutions to motivate specialists to continue working in the state system, but also to attract as many young people as possible in this sector. I refer to the payment by the state of a significant part of the price of the purchased property. The amount of this party, which will be paid by the state, we will communicate when all the evaluations are made’ Vlad Plahotniuc pointed out. In addition, the Government is to develop a comprehensive information campaign on this program.
Another topic discussed today relates to the loans contracted by the citizens and the lack of transparency on the final loan interest rate. ‘People increasingly frequent complain about seeing TV ads on zero-interest loans or a very low interest rate, and when they contract the loan they find themselves paying much higher interest rates. Often they do not notice this manipulation in the loan agreement, because the real interest is written in smaller letters or is passed to a withdrawn place of the contract. The phenomenon becomes already alarming and we think that citizens have the right to be correctly and fully informed, so that they make the decision in full knowledge and on the basis of their income’, Vlad Plahotniuc pointed out, noting that this issue was discussed including in the context of the ‘First Home’ program, because it is desirable to have total transparency as regards the interest and real costs that citizens will pay.
Against this background, the MPs of the Democratic Party faction, together with those in the Legal and Economic Departments, colleagues in the Ministry of Finance, are to come up with an initiative and make the necessary legislative changes.
With regard to road safety, another topic debated during the meeting, it was noted the need to perform an X-ray of the areas where the most accidents occur and then of the cooperation between the institutions to secure these sections. A broad analysis of how driving licenses have been issued to those who cause road accidents is also necessary.
And still related to the work of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the issue of the management of domestic violence cases was discussed today. The way how victims of this phenomenon are ensured the necessary privacy and protection when denouncing such abuses was also addressed.
‘An important step was taken when, at the level of each district police inspectorate, special rooms for minors were arranged. Such special rooms need to be arranged for people who have been victims of violence. The Ministry of Internal Affairs engaged itself to analyse this issue and come up with solutions to resolve this issue,’ said Vlad Plahotniuc.
Also in the context of safety, worrying statistics on the deaths of some people, even entire families, from carbon monoxide poisoning due to faults in the stoves they heat in the winter. Following the examination of the subject, the PDM leader asked the Government representatives to come up with solutions to combat this phenomenon.
‘In the first phase, detectors should be installed free of charge for the poor families to alert the persons in the house when such problems arise so that they can be saved. Awareness raising campaigns on this danger are be launched and measures necessary to prevent such tragedies are to be taken,’ said Vlad Plahotniuc.
Another problem encountered by citizens is the food safety and the need for state institutions to be more active.
‘I have seen all kinds of reports, submitted by NFSA and other institutions, showing that action is being taken, but the problem persists. It is a phenomenon that has developed for years and it is time to intervene and stop it,’ said the Democratic leader, who asked the Government to develop an action plan to increase food safety. At the same time, the legislative framework in the field will be analysed for improvement.
PDM leader also announced that the party provided today political support to the initiative that several fellow MPs registered over the past few days regarding the introduction of integrity certificates for elected civil servants and dignitaries, but also for civil servants in other categories who want to take over a leading position.
‘This is one of our commitments we undertook in the fight against corruption – mainstreaming the mechanism for verifying the integrity of dignitaries. Besides, it is a recommendation I also received from the Venice Commission,’ Vlad Plahotniuc argued.
Also during today's weekly meeting, a political opinion was given on an initiative to implement a mechanism for promoting women in politics. It is due to be finalized and registered in Parliament these days by the representatives of the Democratic Party. It is a commitment, which also emerges from the recommendations of the Venice Commission, but it is also necessary to modernize the political class. Thus, a budget supplement of at least 10% of the amount allocated each year for party funding will be proposed - specially to those political forces that will advance at least 40% of women to uninominal constituencies in the parliamentary elections.