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Local Elections 2003

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Electoral Bloc "Social Liberal Alliance Our Moldova"

Symbol   Composition:

  • Alliance of Independents of the Republic of Moldova, Chairman - Serafim Urechean
  • Social Democratic Alliance of Moldova, Chairman - Dumitru Braghis
  • Liberal Party, Chairman - Veaceslav Untila
  • Environmental Party "Green Alliance" of Moldova, Chairman - Ion Dediu
  • Democratic People's Party of Moldova, Chairman - Mihai Ceban
  • Reform Party, Chairman - Mihai Ghimpu

Electoral slogans:
A Future for Everyone!
Vote the Sun!
A mayor from the people and for the people!
You wanted us to unite - we have united!
It is time for you to unite - our voters!
Vote "Our Moldova"!

Electoral programme

The Electoral Bloc "Social Liberal Alliance Our Moldova" (further referred to as EB "Our Moldova"), is aware that in Moldova there's a real danger that the democratic processes are being halted, totalitarianism is being restored, the reforms are being given up and the recently introduced system of territorial administrative organisation is being ruined, and pleads for further consolidation of democratic institutions and the promotion of authentic and irreversible economic and social policies to guarantee all citizens a life in dignity.

The territorial administrative reform of 1998-1999 was a stepping stone towards asserting the modern principles of local public administration and has bread multiple concrete results over the past four years. At the same time, a number of faults have been detected, inherent in any new reform. Laws needed to be changed to devolve to local authorities full rights to manage community matters and finances, including the right to form local budgets they would need to solve the economic and social problems of their localities.

The current reform started by the communist government is aimed solely at instituting the control of the state and of the Communist Party over the local power bodies and to restore the administrative-directivist system, which existed during the failed Soviet regime. The suffocating control of local policies and public services at the community/municipal level leads directly to discouraging initiative at the village and town levels.

The EB "Our Moldova" pleads for an efficient and clear legislative framework, for the expression and defence of the interests of territorial communities and against the excessive interference of the central administration into local business, for the delimitation of competencies and responsibilities between central and local authorities, with a view to ensure real local autonomy. Gaining back people's trust in public authorities, by bringing it closer to their direct needs, and in order to meet the general interests of communities, through the organisation and provision of quality public services, along with the active involvement of the civil society in the management of public affairs, are some of the basic principles being promoted by the team of candidates to mayors and municipal, district and local councillors put up by the EB "Our Moldova".

Our candidates will promote:

With regard to enhancing local autonomy:

  • Putting public administration to the service of citizens by letting the local power provide public services directly at citizens' place of residence; adopting decisions through citizen consultation, via referendums or other legal means, on issues of community interest and on identifying priority programmes for communities;
  • Promoting a positive image of the mayor and councillors, as local elected officers, by assuming responsibility - both towards the community and the political formation, which put them up for elections, with regard to applying the principles of their electoral programmes in their daily activity;
  • Assuming responsibility for respecting, in the administered territory, the constitutional norms, laws and other existent normative acts; counteracting cases of abuse and breach of state laws;
  • Legal management of the patrimony of the state and the territorial administrative units;
  • Implementing European standards in local autonomy, to facilitate the process of Moldova's joining of the European Union; ensuring the sustainable development of rural localities; stimulating the inter-communal partnership, co-operation with local public administration authorities, including from abroad to achieve actions of common interest; trans-border co-operation;
  • Ensuring transparency in the administration of communes, districts or municipalities and in personnel policy, by respecting the laws on the public nature of meetings, the access to information, and the systematic information of the population on adopted decisions; involving citizens and economic agents from the province in the process of developing and executing the budget.

In the economic field:

  • Guaranteeing the right to private ownership and encouraging an efficient partnership between the public and private sectors; ensuring the economic autonomy of every citizen; encouraging processing industry, by setting up small commercial associations for collection, purchase and sale of agricultural products, service provision; stimulating loan and savings associations set up to support private farmers' initiatives;
  • Supporting small business and developing entrepreneur activity in villages in order to create new jobs and stop the mass labour migration of Moldovan citizens abroad;
  • Supporting reforms in agriculture and promoting their continuity; guaranteeing the right to land ownership and stimulating the process of consolidating agricultural fields, creating production associations and the agricultural infrastructure by providing agricultural-technical, agricultural-chemical and training services;
  • Ensuring transparent local budget setting, just execution and rational use of financial resources; identifying resources for increments to community budgets; cultivating fiscal discipline;
  • Ensuring payments for the rent of fields and patrimony managed by the local public administration bodies, concluding mutually advantageous contracts between owners of land lots and lenders, instituting control over the implementation of these contracts, as well as over the payment of salaries to agricultural employees;
  • Paying in due time wages to state employees and watching over the payment of pensions and allowances;
  • Implementing development projects in rural areas, attracting internal and foreign investments for territorial development, modernisation of roads, connecting rural areas to gas pipes, installation of systems of water supply and sewers, recovery of the systems of illumination, of managing production and household waste in order to improve the ecological and epidemiological conditions of rural areas.

In the social-cultural field:

  • Promoting efficient social policies, in the context of economic reforms, by creating local funds for the support of vulnerable groups of population;
  • Supervising and co-ordinating the education process, ensuring the start of school, guaranteeing equal access to education; technical and material support for pre-school, school and extra-curricular education, giving hot food to school pupils;
  • Ensuring public health and the quality of life, by putting medical assistance at the centre of local authorities' concern, and by ensuring access of the community to quality services, as a major responsibility; the social categories, affected by under-nutrition, will be offered special recovery and nutrition schemes;
  • Implementing social programmes to protect families with many children and support young families;
  • Creating an attractive environment for young specialists, stimulating quality performance of employees in education, health and culture;
  • Developing the social infrastructure of urban and rural localities, renovating schools, hospitals, health centres, libraries;
  • Recovering inter-ethnic harmony, ensuring equal rights for representatives of various ethnic groups and the right to education in the native language;
  • Preserving cultural traditions, by holding celebrations and public events at the local level, stimulating the setting up and activity of artistic teams, establishing ties with various localities, including from abroad, encouraging and supporting popular crafts, recovering the centres of culture and creation, recovering the Houses of Culture, recovering cinemas and the radio network, providing telephone connections in rural areas.
/Source: Timpul (Time), no. 15 (77), 25 April 2003/

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