Maia Sandu in PACE session: We want citizens to live in Moldova not because they must, but because they want to

Moldovans of different ages, with different political preferences made common cause as a united nation to seek comprehensive internal transformations, namely a serious fight against corruption, a justice sector reform and a clean government that works for the people. “You gave this impetus for reforms and this stimulus should be supported by real actions. The words and promises, the nice documents from which the Moldovans often benefitted are not sufficient,” President Maia Sandu stated in her speech at the plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), IPN reports.

According to President Sandu, despite the extended reforms and the adoption of more sophisticated legislation, many of the institutions in Moldova remain vulnerable to unfavorable influences, susceptible to abuse. The state institutions are often unable to offer essential public services. The economy suffers because of monopolies. Some of the citizens lose confidence in tomorrow and choose to leave the country in search of a better future,” she stated.

The official noted the stopping of generalized corruption is the top priority. The building of a democratic and functional state where everyone knows that they are rewarded for the work done at personal level and for the wellbeing of everyone is now the main challenge in Moldova. “For the purpose, we need a common feeling of the direction in the fight against corruption in the presidential administration, Parliament and the Government.”

Maia Sandu said the snap parliamentary elections that will take place in Moldova soon will open up the possibility of replacing the leading political figures and of pursuing a serious reform agenda, of following again the path to democracy and of restoring confidence between the people and the state.

“Secondly, we must improve the situation in the justice sector. It is the foundation needed to increase local and foreign investments in Moldova’s economy and to strengthen the efficiency of the public sector. Thirdly, a less corrupt state and with an impartial, independent judicial system will lay solid bases for a functional economy and economic growth. This will generate revenues into the budget for rebuilding the destroyed infrastructure in Moldova,” said Maia Sandu.

She noted there is a kind of tiredness in Europe towards too long democratic transformations. “Our citizens are also tired of hearing about reforms that do not stop and about failed attempts to make life better for everyone. The authentic transformations necessitate powerful political will. This political will for reforms is now present in Moldova.”

President Maia Sandu paid an official visit to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on April 19.

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