Civil society will not offer 100 criticism-free days to new government that will be formed as a result of the November 30 parliamentary elections. In a news conference at IPN, representatives of the National NGO Council and the National Participation Council said third persons representing civil society, the parliamentary opposition and foreign experts should be involved in the negotiation of the new government program.
“Unlike the previous elections, of 2009 and 2010, when we offered the government a period during which we didn’t monitor and criticize its work, now things will be different. We agreed that we will no longer give a period of recess to the government. Work must be done from the very first day and the reforms must be continued,” said the director of the Institute for Public Policy Arcadie Barbarosie.
Alexei Buzu, executive director of the Partnership for Development Center, said civil society will attentively monitor the first 100 days of work of the new government, especially two aspects. The first aspect refers to the adoption of a package of laws on party funding transparency, media ownership transparency and institution of a minimum gender quota so as to make sure that the 2015 local elections are indeed free and fair. The second aspect concerns the continuation and implementation of reforms. Though the election campaign was dominated by geopolitics, the new government must also deal with internal reforms, like the reform of the pension system and the education system, and the decentralization of the fiscal system.
“Dear politicians, dear members of the future pro-European coalition and future parliamentary majority, I have news for you: the future has come! Work for this bright future of the Moldovan people!” said politologist Olga Nicolenco.
The representatives of civil society supported Ukraine’s decision to bring foreign experts into the new government, but underlined that honest Moldovan specialists and young people, who studied at prestigious institutions abroad and gained work experience abroad, should be first included in the Cabinet. The members of the National NGO Council and the National Participation Council noted that the opposition must be involved in the negotiation of the new government program as a stability and accountability factor.
The leaders of the Liberal Democratic Party, the Democratic Party and the Liberal Party - Vlad Filat, Marian Lupu, and Mihai Ghimpu - agreed to create a pro-European parliamentary majority. Groups of experts were constituted to formulate the government program for the next four years. According to the preliminary election results, the three parties have together 55 seats of MP.