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Breaking news27 April 2020 10:45

PPPDA challenges law to ratify lending agreement with Russia in CC

The MPs of the Party “Dignity and Truth Platform” (PPPDA) disputed in the Constitutional Court the Government decision and the law to ratify the agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Moldova concerning the provision of a state loan, IPN reports.

MP Dinu Plîngău told a news conference that under the international treaties and the Constitution, for an agreement to be ratified and to have legal effects, a number of procedures should be respected. Before this agreement reached Parliament, all the possible procedures had been violated – starting with the absence of negotiations on the draft. When the agreement was ratified in Parliament, a number of documents that were to be presented to the MPs were absent, including the Ministry of Justice’s appraisal. The agreement also contains provisions that go against Moldova’s sovereignty.

PPPDA leader Andrei Năstase said both the Government and Parliament violated the principle of constitutional legality and the principle of separation of powers in the state, undermined the state sovereignty and didn’t show the required diligence to ensure Moldova’s economic and financial security, the national interests in relation to other states.

“In particular, in relation to the Russian Federation, the Government acted irresponsibly and non-professionally, accepting an agreement in non-advantageous conditions, imposed from outside, without assessing the related legal and financial risks, allowing the Russian Federation to determine the extension of the effects and the application of the agreement’s provisions and the jurisdiction,” stated Andrei Năstase. According to him, the agreement does not meet the constitutional quality standards of the regulations it institutes, being governed by the law of the Russian Federation, which unjustifiably obtains a more advantageous position in relation to the national interests, including as regards the choice of the court that will justify the eventual disputes and the extension of effects.

The agreement on the provision of a €200 million loan by Russia to Moldova was ratified by Parliament last week. After the Constitutional Court was asked to state its opinion by MP of the Pro Moldova group Sergiu Sîrbu, this suspended the lending agreement until the case is fully examined.



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