State of emergency extended

The state of emergency in the Republic of Moldova was extended for 60 days as from October 7. Parliament granted the Government’s request to extend it by the votes of 53 MPs, IPN reports.

The authorities argued such a decision is necessary due to the persistent risks and threats to national security and to the provision of the Republic of Moldova with energy resources during the cold period of the year. In Parliament, Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilița said that during almost a year the Government has worked in an unprecedented context for Moldova, managing the risks related to the supply of energy and the crises generated or amplified by the war in Ukraine.  She noted that the state of emergency is perceived as an instrument for protecting the people and the national economy, not for restraining the basic rights and freedoms.

The official spoke about the threats to which the energy infrastructure of Ukraine is exposed, the risks of more intense hybrid actions that can directly affect the Republic of Moldova and the risk of a halt in gas supplies now that Gazprom does not fulfill its duties. “These are elements that oblige us to ensure the instruments needed to respond swiftly and efficiently so as to protect the national security, the lives of our citizens and of the people who found refuge here after fleeing from hostilities,” stated Natalia Gavrilița.

The state of emergency in the Republic of Moldova was declared on February 24, 2022 together with the outbreak of the war in Ukraine. It was later extended for several times.

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