Government to ask Parliament to extend state of emergency

Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilița will go to Parliament to ask for the extension of the state of emergency for another 60 days as from February 4. The Cabinet accepted the relevant proposal formulated by the Commission for Exceptional Situations, IPN reports.

Minister of Home Affairs Ana Revenco said the state of emergency should be further extended due to the war in Ukraine, whose consequences have been constantly felt by the Republic of Moldova during 11 months. “Currently, air strikes on Ukraine are staged almost daily, the launch sites being located on a wide area, including in the Black Sea. Therefore, there are increased risks that Moldova’s airspace will be violated by rockets that, being shot down by air defense systems, will accidentally fall on our country’s territory,” stated the minister.

The official also made reference to the risks related to the energy sector and the inflow of refugees that could rise. According to her, the information aggression generated by pro-Russian forces with the aim of destabilizing the situation in Moldova has increased. If the state of emergency is extended, the available mechanisms could be further used, particularly in such key areas as the supply of the country with electricity and gas, management of the inflow of refugees and maintaining of public order and security. 

Declared on February 24, 2022 together with the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, the state of emergency was extended for several times. The last such decision was taken on December 1, 2022. Earlier, Premier Natalia Gavrilița said the state of emergency will be extended as long as there are risks related to the war in Ukraine and to energy security.

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