At the beginning of the meeting, the prime minister spoke about the project for the construction of the Iasi-Ungheni gas pipeline (between Romania and Moldova). Thus, Filat demanded that a working group dealing with the implementation of the above project be created.
"The working group will be set up in line with the agreements reached within the sixth meeting of the inter-governmental commission for economic cooperation and EU integration, held between Moldova and Romania on 26 April 2012 in Bucharest," the prime minister said.
At the same time, the prime minister reiterated that the above project is of strategic interest, given the need to diversify the energy sources and to ensure the energy safety in Moldova. Foreign and European Integration Minister Iurie Leanca will coordinate with the Romanian side the creation of a inter-ministerial working group and will schedule the construction works of the gas pipeline.
At the same time, the prime minister mentioned the need to ensure the financing of this project. Filat also said that the segment of the gas pipeline located on the Moldovan territory will be subordinated to the Moldovan authorities, noting that the government will strictly monitor the activities related to its functioning.
In the same context, Filat asked Deputy Prime Minister, Economics Minister Valeriu Lazar to work out, together with the concerned institutions, a plan for the construction of a 400 kw-electric-power transmission line Iasi-Ungheni.
Speaking about the fight against corruption, the prime minister outlined two main objectives: ensuring decent salaries in the judiciary system and securing the transparency of the public acquisitions.
Also today, the ministers okayed a draft law on the minimum level of subsistence. The document envisages the regulation of the minimal state guarantees for population s incomes, which will be used at the general assessment of the people s living standards, while reasoning the need to increase the minimal wages and the minimal pensions. It is meant to establish the juridical framework for the calculation and use of the indexes on the subsistence line in the promotion of social policy.
Also today, the government approved a draft law on the amendment and completion of some legislative acts of the Law 156-XIV of 14.10 1998 on the state insurances pensions and of the Law 544-XIII of 20 July 1995 on the status of judges. At the same time, the government approved an administrative accord for the enforcement of an agreement between Moldova and Romania on social security, signed in Iasi on 03.03.2012.
Also today, the government approved a decision on the methodology for determining, approving and setting the thermal energy rates. It is noteworthy that for the first time ever, the methodology is coordinated with all the cabinet members, not only with representatives of the relevant ministries. The draft law provides for the establishment of clear and transparent principles in the adjustment and enforcement of the rates for thermal energy, as well as for the enhancement prospects of the activity of the operators in this field. The new methodology will be worked out soon, because the current one expires on 1 July 2012.
The government passed three draft laws, including one on the amendment of the Article 75 of Moldova s Criminal Code, No. 225-XV of 30 May 2003, allowing the probationer lawyers to take part in lawsuits, as well as to the draft law for the completion of the Article 44 of the Law No. 96-XVI of 13 April 2007, on the public acquisitions resulting from Moldova s commitments towards the development partners and the international institutions.
The cabinet also decided to start talks on an agreement between the Moldovan and Azeri governments on the cooperation in the military field and on the draft agreement of the third additional protocol between the Moldovan and the Romanian governments, on the implementation of a technical and financial assistance project, based on a 100-million grant given to Moldova by Romania, signed on 27 April 2010.
At the same time, the government approved a draft law, declaring the restoration and extension of some national roads as priorities of national interest. Deputy Regional and Construction Minister Boris Gherasim said that the project sees the restoration of three segments of the national highways: Chisinau-Soroca at the Ukrainian border, Chişinău-Cimişlia-Vulcăneşti-Giurgiuleşti at the Romanian border and Chişinău-Ungheni-Sculeni at the Romanian border. The financing of the restoration and extension works will be carried out in line with the agreements signed between Moldova and the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Commission and the US Government. The above mentioned organizations will provide grants and loans to Moldova to this end. In the context, Filat stressed the need to ensure the high quality of the reconstruction works.
Also today, the cabinet amended and completed some legislative acts on the mandatory licensing of the private education institutions. Thus, the above institutions will have to get an activity license for a five-year term. The Education Ministry will monitor the implementation of these provisions. The licenses will be issued free of charge to the applicants that meet the requirements established by the Education Ministry.
At the same time, the government approved the matriculation plans in the secondary, vocational and high education and operated amendments to the partnership agreement between the government and the Moldovan Academy of Sciences for 2009-2012.
At the same time, the executive body decided to launch talks on the third additional protocol between the Moldovan and Romanian governments, on the implementation of a technical and financial assistance non-reimbursable assistance worth 100 million euros given by Romania to Moldova. An agreement on the matter was signed in Bucharest on 27 April 2010.
By approving a draft law for the completion of the Law No. 64-XII of 31 March 1990, the government has set up a sub-division of the State Chancellery - the Prime Minister s Group of Control, entitled to implement in due time, and in line with high efficiency standards, the tasks entrusted with the central public administration authorities.
At the same time, the government decided to annually give ten national awards worth 100,000 each to the notorious personalities activating in the science, technologies, culture, art and sports fields. A commission for Awarding the National Prize, led by Prime Minister Vlad Filat will deal with this issue. The prize will be awarded annually on 27 August, when Moldova marks its Independence Day.
At the same time, the cabinet created a Committee for the Organization of the International Festival of Opera and Ballet Stars "Maria Biesu".