Transparent, Financially Healthy and Competitive Self-governments in Moldova

Dátum: 19.11.2014

Project is financed by the SlovakAid – Official Development Assistance of the Slovak Republic and Embassy of the United States.

Partners:

Duration:

October 15, 2015 – October 31, 2017

Objectives:

The main objective of the project is to support regional development in Moldova through know-how transfer of successful projects implemented in Slovakia. By implementing the project, we would like to strengthen financial decentralization competences of municipalities, to strengthen their capacities at improving living condition of their citizens, to increase citizens’ awareness of self-government significance, financial sustainability and transparency.

The specific objectives of the project are:

  1. To reduce corruption at local level by formulating the Anti-corruption measures reflecting anti-corruption priorities of Moldovan self-government bodies and the best anti-corruption practices from Slovakia (e.g. publishing of public contracts on the Internet, public presence at meetings of self-government bodies, public recording of these meetings, etc.).
  2. To intensify public demand for efficient public spending of municipalities. An online portal on financial management of Moldovan municipalities will be updated and improved; portal will dramatically improve information about municipalities’ fiscal management and will enable comparison of key debt and financial sustainability parameters. In this part of the project we plan to utilize unique know-how from a similar project, which has been successfully implemented in the Slovak Republic and led to a dramatic decline in debt of municipalities within last two years.
  3. To increase competitiveness of Moldova regions by creating an interactive competitiveness model and comprehensive analysis of competitive advantages and disadvantages of Moldovan regions (districts). The analysis will examine the level and quality of economic activity, infrastructure, human resources and public administration in regions, will identify barriers for economic development and will propose competitiveness strategies for 32 districts of Moldova. Know-how will be derived from a similar and successful project implemented in Slovakia.

Events:

Conference „Chisinau versus regions of Moldova: where politics meets business and citizens”
Venue: Saxophone Conference Hall, Jazz hotel, Vlaicu Pircalab 72 Str., Chisinau
Date: March 9, 2017

Agenda
10.30 – 11.00 Opening speeches
Igor Munteanu, Executive Director IDIS “Viitorul”, former Moldovan ambassador to the United States, Mexico, and Canada
Michal Mlynar, Director General for the International Organisations, Development Assistance and Humanitarian Aid, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic
Igor Malai, Deputy Head of General Directorate of Regional Development, Ministry of Regional Development and Constructions in Moldova
Panel I: Competitiveness for growth: Investing for inclusive development through sustainability of different size municipalities
11.00 – 11.20 Moldova’s local competitiveness: the best and the worst components of local business environment
Ion Butmalai, IDIS „Viitorul” Economist
11.20 – 12.30 Discussions
The main issues for discussion on local competitiveness through territorial public services:

  • Efficient public investment, critical in the current period of economic difficulty
  • Support for the economic vitality of regions and territories
  • Local authorities: the main actors responsible for the public investment
  • Migration – its’ social and economic price on regions development

Moderator: Liubomir Chiriac, Vice Director of IDIS “Viitorul”
Main speakers: Ion Bodrug (North Regional Development Agency), Viorel Furdui (CALM), Vasile Soldan (ZEL Balti), Gheorghe Raileanu (Cimislia municipality), Robert Kicina (Business Alliance of Slovakia)
Panelists: RDAs representatives, Olesea Cazacu (MiDL project), Alexandru Branza (Deputy President of Ungheni rayon), Vladimir Cociorva (Mayor of Braviceni)
12.30 – 12.45 Coffee break
Panel II: Budgets without secrets: transparency and civic engagement
12.45 – 13.30 Discussions
The main issues for discussion on transparency in the decision-making process:

  • What is the financial sustainability for an ordinary citizen in Moldova?
  • If I were mayor?
  • Engaged citizens = healthy budgets
  • Transparent public procurement
  • Open local government

Moderator: Veaceslav Ionita, IDIS “Viitorul” expert
Panelists: Peter Golias (INEKO), Veaceslav Negruta, Mihail Manoli, Angela Secrieru, Veaceslav Kunev, Liliana Agarcova (Analytical team members), Viorel Pirvan (IDIS “Viitorul”), Michal Pisko (Transparency International Slovakia)
13.30 – 14.00 Conclusions and recommendations. Closing of the conference

Launch of the Moldova’s Rayons Transparency Index
Venue: IDIS “Viitorul”, Conference Room, Iacob Hincu 10/1 Street, Chisinau
Date: November 29, 2016

Agenda
10.00 – 10.10 Opening speeches
Igor Munteanu, Executive Director IDIS “Viitorul”, former Moldovan ambassador to the United States, Mexico, and Canada
H.E. Robert Kirnag, Ambassador of Slovakia to the Republic of Moldova
10.10 – 10.30 Launching the Index on the transparency of rayons in Moldova
Viorel Pirvan, IDIS “Viitorul” legal expert
10.30 – 10.45 Presentation of Guide for local officials “Transparency, integrity and anti-corruption policies in local government”
Viorel Pirvan, IDIS “Viitorul” legal expert

Launch event of the Monitoring Report „Open Local Government for active and informed citizens”
Venue:„Jolly Alon” hotel, M.Cebotari 37 Street, Chisinau
Date: October 11, 2016

Agenda
10.00 – 10.30 Opening speeches
Igor Munteanu, Executive Director IDIS “Viitorul”, former Moldovan ambassador to the United States, Mexico, and Canada
H.E. Robert Kirnag, Ambassador of Slovakia to the Republic of Moldova
10.30 – 10.45 Presentation of the report on the transparency of local governments in Moldova
Viorel Pirvan, IDIS “Viitorul” legal expert
10.45 – 11.00 Presentation of the online tool on the transparency of local governments in Moldova
Ion Butmalai, IDIS “Viitorul” expert
11.00 – 11.15 Best Slovak experience in implementing anti-corruption measures at local governments
Gabriel Sipos, Director of the Transparency International Slovakia
11.15 – 11.30 Presentation of the online tool to improve the local government financial transparency in Moldova
Ion Butmalai, IDIS “Viitorul” expert
11.30 – 11.45 Reducing corruption through public control
Peter Golias, Director of the Institute for Economic and Social Reforms (INEKO)in Slovakia
11.45 – 12.00 Question and answer session
12.00 – 12.30 Fourchette

Report launch event “Open Local Government for active and informed citizens”
Venue: IDIS “Viitorul”, Conference Room, Iacob Hincu 10/1 Street, Chisinau
Date: June 27, 2016

Agenda:
10.00 – 10.15 Opening speeches
Igor Munteanu, Executive Director IDIS “Viitorul”
Peter Tomášek, Development Cooperation Diplomat. Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Chisinau
Peter Golias, Director of INEKO
Project progress and expansion: Transparent, financially healthy and competitive municipalities in Moldova
10.15 – 10.45 Slovakia’s experience on ensuring open local government
Michal Piško, Project Coordinator, Transparency International, Slovakia
10.45 – 11.30 Presentation of the report on the transparency of local government in Moldova
Ion Butmalai, IDIS “Viitorul” expert Viorel Pirvan, IDIS “Viitorul” expert
11.30 – 11.45 Discussion and recommendations
11.45 – 12.15 Fourchette

Kick Off Seminar in Kishinev
Venue: Summit Event & Conference Center, Rome Hall, 49/3 Tighina street, Chisinau
Date: November 26, 2015

Agenda:
09.45 – 10.00 Registration of participants
10.00 – 10.05 Opening speeches
Liubomir CHIRIAC, Executive Director, IDIS “Viitorul”
H.E. Robert KIRNAG, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic in Chisinau
10.05 – 10.25 Transparent, financially healthy and competitive municipalities in Moldova
Peter GOLIAS, Director of INEKO
10.25 – 10.45 Competitiveness model of Slovak municipalities – transfer to Moldova
Robert KICINA, Executive Director at Business Alliance of Slovakia
10.45 – 11.05 Main results of the analysis of the local budgets’ of Moldova’s municipalities
Angela SECRIERU, IDIS “Viitorul” expert
11.05 – 12.00 Discussion and closing remarks
12.00 – 12.30 Lunch

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Photos from Conference „Chisinau versus regions of Moldova: where politics meets business and citizens, March 9, 2017”

Photos from Launch of the Moldova’s Rayons Transparency Index, November 29, 2016

Photos from Report launch event, October 11, 2016

Photos from Report launch event “Open Local Government for active and informed citizens”, June 27, 2016

Photos from Kick Off Seminar in Kishinev, November 26, 2015