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 parliament in the implementation of their mandate. Project interventions include training, technical assistance, easy-to-read publications, exchanges and opportunities for learning from other parliaments, as well as the provision of specialized technical equipment. Through this support, parliament has an improved capacity to strengthen the legal framework and successfully engage in oversight through multi-stakeholder action involving civil society, professional associations and the general public. Activities will offer and encourage equal opportunity for male and female participation and gender is mainstreamed throughout the project.
- 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.
- 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 marginalised and vulnerable groups.
- The capacities of parliamentary staff supporting the work of Parliamentary Council for European Integration were strengthened through a series of trainings focused 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. A first parliamentary Progress Report on EU was developed and sent to European Parliament;
- The Parliament of Moldova improved its oversight function. The Methodology on ex-post impact assessment of legislation was approved by the Standing Bureau of Parliament. SOPs for parliamentary oversight were developed;
- MPs and parliamentary staffers were introduced to gender responsive budgeting and the gender pay gap issue. Parliamentary staffers and CSO representatives received practical information on effective techniques of budgeting, review and analysis;
- The Strategic Reform of the Parlaimentary Secretariat was suported;
- 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 focuses on fighting corruption and promoting good governance through mutual support and knowledge sharing. The anti-corruption action plan of the Parliament of Moldova was approved by the standing bureau;
- A new communication strategy and action plan for 2016–2019 were approved by the standing bureau. Standard operating procedures for the communication and public relations department were developed, as well as a social media policy, outreach guidelines, templates and Parliament’s Brandbook;
- The Functional Analysis of Gagauz People Assembly was carried out. 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 legislative process, parliamentary documentation, public outreach and the organisation of plenary session;
- The Parliamentary Openness movement was launched under the umbrella of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), encouraging civic participation and increasing government accountability to citizens.