Several councilors, mayors and district heads, representing the Socialist Party of Moldova (SPRM) told on Thursday, November 10, they disapprove of the liquidation of municipalities and districts optimization.

According to the public officers, the presidential elections will be followed by the process of optimization of municipalities and schools.  This reform could lead to a growing number of people, leaving the country. "There are endangered places, villages with two residents, with no schools, or kindergartens, so we believe that optimization is not the best solution for the country's development. We need to create good living conditions. Only we, the mayors, know the real problems of the people, " said Mihail Plesca, the mayor of Prepelita, Singerei District.

Socialist mayors noted that the next president has to create better conditions for citizens, so that they do not leave the country. "People are against territorial reforms, which can lead to serious consequences. We do not want kindergartens, schools and hospitals to be closed, in such a way, people will be chased from the country. Therefore, we are against these reforms, "said Vasile Romanciuc, chairman of Ocnita District.

In her turn, the mayor of Belicenii Vechi, Singerei District, Ala Guzun, said, "The government gave us local autonomy, but at the end of the year, it requires us to return the money that remained in the local budget. What kind of autonomy is it? We need better living conditions, water of better quality, street lighting, better roads, and this return of money does not allow us to act in the interest of the people," Guzun said.

Previously, members of the Socialist Party have repeatedly spoken about the damage of the administrative reform, stating, "it would cause liquidation of villages in the country."

According to the authorities, public administration reform strategy for 2016 - 2020 provides for modernization of state institutions and creation of the prerequisites for the development of Moldova. It focuses on five dimensions of public administration, namely: increasing administrative responsibility; streamlining the development and coordination of public policies; better public services; modernization of financial management, civil service and human resources.

The strategy is to be implemented in two phases: 2016 - 2018, during which the focus will be on reforming the central public administration authorities, and 2019 - 2020, which aims to reform the local authorities.

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