In December 2018, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Moldova (FES), in partnership with Platzforma and Clean Clothes Campaign, presented a study on the Living Wage (a salary for a decent living) in the Republic of Moldova. Currently, for various social and economic purposes, the term used for a minimum personal income is the minimum wage that, by far, can not provide a decent living. The living wage was calculated according to a consumption basket estimation methodology on a sample of workers in the garment industry. Unlike in some other countries, there is no official methodology in the Republic of Moldova for calculating a salary level that would reflect the real costs of a person / family that would allow them a decent living. The study showed that the living wage in the urban area is 12 306.8 lei, and in the rural area - 11359.6 lei, which by far exceeds the minimum wage and even the average salary in this sector.


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President of the Republic of Moldova, Igor Dodon, is the key protagonist of the current edition of the Foreign Policy Newsletter. Find out from the interview with the head of state, among other things, what the foreign policy priorities of the presidential institution are, how the country's president sees the settlement of the Transnistrian conflict, what his expectations from the 2019 parliamentary elections are and whether or not, after two years of mandate, he manged to become the president of all citizens of the Republic of Moldova. Anatoly Golea, a reference name in the field of political expertise, shares his perspective on the social-political developments of the country, the relations of the Republic of Moldova with the EU, as well as his forecasts regarding the February 2019 parliamentary elections. The editorial of the edition is signed by Victoria Bucătaru, executive director of APE.

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On December 7th , 2018, the new Law on day workers (no.22 / 2018) was discussed in a public debate organized by IDIS "Viitorul" and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Moldova. During the discussions, Adrian Lungu, an expert in labor legislation, stressed that the new law has several shortcomings and, contrary to the stated objectives, will substantially limit the social rights and guarantees of the workers from the agricultural sector. Thus, according to the provisions of the law, the the day workers will not benefit from protection and social benefits (pensions, paid leave, allowances, decent working conditions, etc.), protection in case of accidents at work and other guarantees stipulated by the Labor Code. On the other side, the representatives of the employers' organizations and the ministry have put forward arguments in favor of the law, invoking several positive aspects, including the fact that the law will reduce informal work in the sector, increase tax revenues and more.

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Inequality, non-inclusive economic growth and low access to social benefits are some of the most pressing issues facing most of the world, but especially developing countries. In most cases, such problems are the result of the wrong approaches to economic growth models but also of faulty economic policies promoted and applied by the governments and political elites of the respective states.

On October, 30th IDIS Viitorul and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Moldova organized a public debate, where the economist and associate expert IDIS Viitorul, Viorel Gîrbu, presented an analytical study on the economic growth models of different states, including the Republic of Moldova's. The author proposed for discussion new approaches of the economic growth model and policy recommendations in this regard for our country.


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In the light of the recent political events and visits hosted by Chisinau, the community of analysts seems to be divided regarding the continuity of the European orientation of the Republic of Moldova. While some are of the opinion that our country has given up definitively on the European values, another part of the opinion leaders, including representatives of the political class, are trying to prove they remain committed to the European integration. Is the European course of our country irreversible? What are the successes and failures of the Republic of Moldova in the implementation of the Association Agreement with the EU? And how possible is the revival of the MD-EU dialogue? Answers to these questions can be found in the interviews of the current edition of the foreign policy newsletter that we invite you to read.

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The security challenges that have become more and more noticeable in recent years have raised the issue of modernizing and professionalizing the defense sector, a goal that is officially outlined in the National Defense Strategy that was adopted in July 2018. Does this strategy respond to the security threats and defense challenges of our country? How does the reform process take place, how is National Army today and what our defense capabilities are – read our current edition of the Foreign Policy Newsletter to find answers to these questions.


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Europe Day has been marked in the Republic of Moldova for more than a decade, serving as an opportunity to bring European value space closer to the citizens of the country through the numerous events organized in various regions. It is also a good occasion for the authorities to assess where we are on our euro-integration path. We are inviting you to read about the successes and the challenges of the European integration process of the Republic of Moldova in the interviews with HE Tudor Ulianovschi, foreign minister of the Republic of Moldova, and Eugen Caras, Head of Mission of the Republic of Moldova to the European Union. Also, in the context of the electoral year 2018, the Foreign Policy Newsletter produced by the Foreign Policy Association and the Friedrich-Ebert- Stiftung, is presenting you with the opinion of the main political parties on the European integration and Moldova's foreign policy priorities.

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The political spring of this year has seen a momentum in the Transnistrian issue - the visit of Franco Frattini, Special Representative of the Italian OSCE Chairmanship, followed by his controversial statements on the conflict resolution; the decision on the granting of neutral car plates to owners in the Transnistrian region; the adoption of the Action Plan for Reintegration of the country for 2018. Are these developments or involutions? What should be the strategic and tactical approach to Transnistrian conflict settlement? What is the vision of the political parties regarding the future of the Transnistrian region? Find answers to these questions in the last issue of the Foreign Policy Newsletter developed by Foreign Policy Association and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.



On May 30, 2018, the Institute for Development and Social Initiatives (IDIS) "Viitorul" in partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Moldova (FES) organized a public debate on the impact and the negative consequences of the occupational safety and health control reform. A preliminary analysis of statistical data and reports on work-related accidents denotes a worrying situation in this area, characterized by systematic violations of health and safety requirements at work and deviations that generate a lack of security not only for employees but also for employers. Thus, several experts stressed that the reorganization of the control system was a wrong step, and the implementation of the reform is ineffective. This has generated a number of issues such as reducing the capacity of the state's control in occupational safety and health, increasing the number of work-related accidents, including deaths, diminishing employees' social rights, increasing social costs of accidents at work, etc. Also, public data reveal an increase in the number of accidents at work during the implementation of the reform, from October 2017 to present - 11 cases resulting in the death of 14 persons, 2 serious cases, 82 cases of temporary incapacity for work including serious ones, which are not investigated and solved by any authority with occupational safety competences. The event was attended by representatives of the Parliament and Government of Moldova, trade unions, civil society organizations, international organizations and mass media. The public debate was organized within the framework of the project on the monitoring of political, social processes and the formulation of policy briefs, implemented by IDIS Viitorul in partnership with FES.

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