At the beginning of the meeting, the participants kept silence for a minute in the memory of the victims of the 13 June 1941 deportation. The prime minister said that 92,600 people were deported to Siberia in that night and another 35,000 people were deported in 1949 by the Stalinist regime. Filat said that it is important to keep in mind those tragic events. In the context, he said that a special exhibition was inaugurated today at the National Museum of Archaeology and History in Chisinau, noting that a Museum of Victims of Deportation and Political Repressions would open soon. In 2012, the government allotted over 4 million lei to pay damages to the people who suffered in the wake of deportations.
Also today, the prime minister tackled the situation of the mayoralties in different Moldovan settlements. He asked the Regional Development and Construction Minister and the local public authorities to work out engineering plans for each settlement and to assess the financial spending needed for their implementation. At the same time, Filat asked the officials to pay visits to Moldovan villages more often and to communicate with local residents in order to identify solutions to their problems.
At the meeting, the cabinet approved a development strategy for rural areas for 2012-2022. The document is meant to modernize villages by implementing measures aimed at generating higher Value Added Tax in agriculture. The strategy details the current situation in the field, lists the current problems and outlines objectives and measures needed for their implementation. In consistency with this strategy, the rural extension services will be provided by non-governmental organizations on a contract basis. The NGOs are to be selected via public acquisition procedures. The strategy also aims at increasing the revenues of the beneficiaries of rural extension services, by about 15 per cent annually.
Also today, the government approved a national modernization plan in the culture field, for 2012-2020, meant to create a cultural informational space, to protect and turn to account the national patrimony and to ensure free access to the national and universal cultural values by implementing information technologies and communication systems. The programme envisages an adequate development level of the national infrastructure, including by providing the cultural institutions with cutting-edge equipment. The document fits into the e-Transformation Strategy. The prime minister drew the participants' attention on the need to ensure the programme's implementation capacity by the swift enforcement of the provisions on the inter-department cooperation, required in the above document.
The ministers also adopted a decision on the Border Police. The document on the matter sees the approval of the Border Police Regulation, as well as of its organizational structure and subdivisions. The decision will enter into force on 1 July 2012, by the re-organization of the Border Guards Service into the Border Police Department and by its transmission within the remit of the Interior Ministry.
The cabinet also ockayed a draft law for the completion and amendment of some legislative acts meant to combat the backdoor salaries' practice. Thus, the employers who infringe the legislation in this field will pay much higher fines, in line with the amendments operated today.
Also today, the cabinet approved a draft law on sanitation. Regional Development and Construction Minister Marcel Raducan said that the document provides for a new approach towards the management of the sanitation field. In the context, the prime minister highlighted the importance of the environmental problems in the management of this field.
The government operated a string of legislative amendments, increasing the monthly allowances offered to some categories of citizens, including veterans and participants in the Afghanistan combat actions, as well as other categories, in consistency with the Law 121 of 3 May 2011.
The government also approved a regulation on the anti-floods protection dams. The document stipulates the way of warning the involved organizations and the coordination of their actions in the prevention and mitigation of consequences of floods. Moldovan dams protect 93 settlements with a population of about 250,000 people and 95,000 hectares of farmlands.
The document provides for starting talks on the following international draft projects: the Memorandum of Understanding between the Moldovan and Turkish governments in the environmental field, a cooperation agreement between the Moldovan and Armenian culture ministries, a cooperation agreement between the Moldovan government and the Ukrainian cabinet of ministers regarding the trans-border trade. At the same time, the ministers approved an agreement on economic cooperation between the Moldovan government and the Hungarian cabinet, worked out in Chisinau on 23 February 2010, as well as some measures for the implementation in Moldova of the agreement on the Central European Exchange Programme for University Studies, signed in Budva on 25 March.
Also today, the cabinet examined and approved a draft decisions adopted by the National Council for Public-Private Partnership (CNPPP) on 11 June. They envisage the cooperation principles of the state authorities within the public-private projects, as well as the first public-private programmes approved by the CNPPP in healthcare, education and air transport infrastructures fields.
Also today, the minister approved two medical projects (on dialysis and radiography services), a project on the restoration of the students' hostels of the Moldova State University and on the enhancement of the Chisinau International Airport.
Health Minister Andrei Usatai said that the implementation of the project for providing dialysis services on the basis of a public-private partnership will make it possible to provide quality services to over 400 patients that need permanent haemodialysis procedures. The second project, which sees the providing of radiotherapy services, is extremely important for Moldova, since over 45,000 people suffer from cancer and about 8,000 people are annually diagnosed with this malady. The minister said that besides the purchase of modern equipment, the project envisages the training of the medical staff that will activate within those medical institutions.
The public-private partnership for the renovation of four student hostels of the Moldova State University sees the overhaul and enlargement of the hostels building, as well as the construction of a new block with a capacity of 220 places.
As for the concession procedure at the Chisinau International Airport, the blueprint is meant to enhance the management of the public administration. In the context, Deputy Prime Minister, Economics Ministry Valeriu Lazar said that the Chisinau International Airport has a long and medium-term development plan estimated at over 140 million euros. In this respect, the government's goal is to contribute to the development of the airport by enhancing the management capacity at the above institution and by attracting international operators in the field of airport s administration.
The prime minister said that by initiating public-private partnerships, the government aims at ensuring an efficient management of the public property and at attracting private partners in this process. Filat added that these goals should be met in order to secure an efficient management of the state property and to provide quality services to the population.
The government also appointed Vitalie Stoian as chief of the General HQ of the National Army and Commander of the National Army and historian Ion Varta as director of the State Archive.