The Government will fund salary raises for mayors, deputy mayors and council secretaries from the state budget. “But this means that local and central authorities will need to work together to generate more income locally and justify these salary raises”, stated Prime Minister Dorin Recean during the Mayors’ Forum, held in Chisinau.
According to the prime minister, it is very clear that Moldova is integrating into the European Union and it is obvious that it is the duty of the authorities to explain the benefits of European integration. They relate directly to citizens, living conditions, education conditions for children, development for young families, organization of activity within localities, stimulation of economic activity for entrepreneurs who take risks.
The prime minister also noted that in the first quarter of 2024, all the necessary provisional instruments regarding decentralization will be approved. The Ministry of Finance is analyzing the decentralization model, especially regarding the personal income tax, and will advance on this subject.
According to Dorin Recean, the Government’s goal is the one drawn by President Maia Sandu, to bring Europe home. Roads are already being built, schools and kindergartens are being repaired, and other projects are also being developed that make life more comfortable within the European Village Program. “This is where we need honest and morally upright mayors, who work alongside the locals and fulfill the objectives”.
Higher salaries for mayors, deputy mayors and local council secretaries was a request formulated during the Forum by President Maia Sandu. “You cannot lead a community to prosperity with laughable salaries,” declared the president.
The Mayors’ Forum, with the slogan “The Future of Local Public Administration”, is organized by the Government in partnership with the Congress of Local Authorities and under the auspices of President Maia Sandu.