Strengthening Parliamentary Governance in Moldova

Status: Active
Duration: 2016 – 2019
Budget: 4,300,000 USD
Coverage: National
Beneficiaries: Parliament of Moldova, Gagauz People’s Assembly and civil society
Focus Area: Effective Governance
Partners: Parliament of Moldova and the Gagauz People’s Assembly
Project Document: Strengthening Parliamentary Governance in Moldova

Project Summary:

The project works with the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova to strengthen its law-making, oversight and representation functions with a specific focus on EU integration and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project directly assists Standing Committees and the Secretariat of the Parliament in the implementation of their mandate. Project interventions include capacity development, technical assistance, easy-to-read publications, exchanges and opportunities for learning from other parliaments. Activities offer and encourage equal opportunities for male and female participation and gender is mainstreamed throughout the project. Through this support, parliament has improved its capacity to strengthen the legal framework and successfully engage in oversight through multi-stakeholder action involving civil society, professional associations and the general public.

Objectives:

  • Enhance the capacity of the Parliament to timely review draft laws and their compliance with international treaties and EU legislation;
  • Strengthen the cooperation between the Parliament and Government to ensure a transparent, participatory and gender-sensitive law-making process;
  • Enhance capacities of Standing Committees to effectively oversee implementation of laws and policies;
  • Support the Secretariat to align its organizational structure, internal procedures and work practice with the needs of the legislature;
  • Strengthen the role of thematic cross-party groups (Women Platform, GOPAC Chapter and others) to oversee implementation of the gender and anti-corruption legislation;
  • Enhance the capacity of the Secretariat of the Gagauz People’s Assembly (GPA) to assist committees in the review of legislation;
  • Strengthen the capacity of the Secretariat to operationalize a parliamentary information management system (e-Parliament), enhancing the institutional access and transparency to meet information demands of the civil society, media and citizens.

Expected results:

  • Parliament reviews more effectively legislative proposals as well as the annual budget;
  • Parliament oversees more effectively the implementation of policy and legislation with a particular focus on commitments related to the SDGs and the EU integration agenda;
  • Parliament engages more effectively with CSOs, media and citizens on reform agenda;
  • Parliament of Moldova has improved legislative and accountability frameworks and functions in effective, inclusive and transparent manner; and
  • Parliament effectively promotes and protects human rights, gender equality and non-discrimination, with particular attention to marginalized and vulnerable groups.

Accomplishments:

  • The capacities of parliamentary staff supporting the work of Parliamentary Council for European Integration were strengthened through a series of trainings focussed on legal compliance with EU legislation;
  • A system of indicators for monitoring and evaluation was designed to track progress on the implementation of legal reforms, as part of the European integration process. Two parliamentary Progress Report on EU were developed and the first was discussed in the Council for EU Integration and shared with European Parliament;
  • The Parliament of Moldova improved its oversight function through the development and implementation of a Methodology on Ex-Post Impact Assessment of legislation. Standard Operating Procedures for parliamentary oversight were also developed;
  • The Gender Equality Action Plan (GEAP) of the Parliament for (years) was aproved by the Permanent Bureau of the PRM, GEAP provides a range of strategies and activities in four action areas to achieve the objective of becoming a more gender-sensitive Parliamen;
  • Parliament joined the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) by creating a Moldova Chapter. Membership was doubled from 9 active members in 2016 to 18 members at the end of 2017.  This parliamentary platform focusses on fighting corruption and promoting good governance through mutual support and knowledge sharing. The Anti-corruption Action Plan of the Parliament of Moldova for (years) was approved by the Standing Bureau;
  • A new Parliament  Communication Strategy and the Action Plan for 2016–2019 were developed and approved by the Standing Bureau. Standard operating procedures for the communication and public relations department were developed, as well as a social media policy, guidelines for outreach to citiziens, templates and a new Parliament’s Brandbook;
  • A Functional and Institutional Analysis of GPA was carried out. For the first time an internship programme at the Parliament of Moldova for Gagauz People’s Assembely staff was organised, ensuring peer-to-peer transfer of knowledge related to the legislative process, parliamentary documentation, public outreach and the organisation of plenary sessions; and
  • The first ever Strategic Development Plan (SDP) of the GPA for (years) was developed in an inclusive and participatory manner involving interviews with all staff and almost every assembly member. The plan sets clear priorities for the institutational reform of the Assembly.
Years Budget Delivery
Government of Sweden
2016 507,341 USD 448,533.41 USD
2017 972,647 USD 931,622 USD
2018 888,786 USD 709,064 USD
2019 1,131,171 USD  

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