The Foreign Investors Association (FIA) proposes to create a special commission to monitor the activities and assess the income of prosecutors and judges
FIA Executive Director Ana Groza voiced this proposal within the forum of the Economic Press Club, organized on the occasion of 100 days of the new government. Ana Groza noted that justice reform is a priority for the new authorities. “Business is waiting for significant changes in this area. We stand for fair justice, for the observance of the rights to freedom, property and investment. Obviously, without revolutionary methods it is unlikely to be able to get any results in this area,” she said. Groza said the FIA is proposing the creation of an interim ad hoc commission with the participation of development partners to monitor the activities of prosecutors and judges, as well as to assess their annual income. At the same time, it is proposed to analyze the annual incomes of not only representatives of the justice system, but also their relatives of the first, second and, possibly, third line of kinship. One of the most important problems that significantly hinder the investment attractiveness of Moldova, according to Ana Groza, is the labor market. The FIA proposes that authorities develop and implement policies that promote labor retention. At the same time, it is necessary to amend legislation to import labor. “There are companies that have to import personnel, as they face a shortage of both qualified and unskilled personnel,” she said, noting that negotiations are under way with central and local authorities on the placement of such specialists, the provision of services, etc. In this context, the need to change the education system, which does not provide the labor market with the necessary personnel, is of particular importance. Ana Groza noted that in recent years, the process of training specialists in the requested competencies that are necessary for the labor market has begun, and the cooperation of some educational institutions and large enterprises has been launched. However, systemic changes are needed in this area. “An important factor for increasing investment attractiveness is the completion of the central public administration reform. WE face situations in which state institutions do not know who is responsible for what. We also demand the depoliticization and autonomy of local authorities, including financial. There are signals that some authorities feature discriminative attitude towards the foreign investors,” said Ana Groza. Among the unresolved issues, the FIA Executive Director named the problem of waste management. “The legislation in this area is in line with the European standards, but difficulties arise at the implementation stage. It is imperative that all secondary regulations in this area undergo public consultations,” she said. Ana Groza also noted the unequal treatment of private and public health facilities and the restriction of access for private companies to the compulsory health insurance fund. According to Ana Groza, the FIA stands for openness of the authorities in negotiations with business, ensuring stability and predictability of implemented measures and policies, emphasizing that the association’s experts are ready to provide support and necessary consultations. It is worth noting that on October 1, 2019, the Association of Foreign Investors will present the next issue of the White Paper, a document that sets out the positions of FIA members on key issues of interaction with the state. // 18.09.2019 - InfoMarket.