The project of civic involvement in local government “MĂ IMPLIC” presented today, April 29, 2021, the results of the barometer of the main gaps, contradictions and constraints existing in the normative framework related to communal services.
The event had several objectives:
- Presentation of the scope, of the applied methodology, as well as of the practical value of the mapping instrument (barometer);
- Presentation of the main findings of the mapping exercise carried out for two categories of communal services: (1) water supply and sewerage and (2) solid waste management;
- Initiating the policy dialogue between central and local public authorities on the gaps and disagreements identified in the normative framework related to communal services.
The findings were presented by the project experts: Ion Beschieru (expert in Public Administration and National Reforms), Dorin Andros (expert in Regional Development and Public Services), Iordanca-Rodica Iordanov (Executive Director of EcoContact).
The event was attended by representatives of central and local public authorities, representatives of the Congress of Local Authorities of Moldova, experts in the field of LPA, of communal services and other related fields, representatives of development partners. During the event, the participants actively participated in discussions, exchanged opinions, and agreed to subsequently organize additional technical meetings on specific topics.
Discussions focused on the five dimensions included in the barometer, which comprise the most important aspects of the creation, organization, operation, control and monitoring of communal services, namely:
1) Legal and institutional framework
2) Norms, standards and performance indicators
3) Financing and tariffs
4) Property management
5) Inter-communal cooperation
The value and primary function of the barometer is to provide a comprehensive look at the relevant issues in the regulatory framework for communal services on which policy dialogue between central and local public authorities could focus. The barometer could also serve as an inter-institutional monitoring tool, which presents the evolution over time of various aspects of the regulatory framework of communal services, including in the context of local public administration reforms. This type of monitoring could have a double impact: on the one hand it could motivate national authorities to take action to improve the situation in the field of communal services, on the other hand, in this dialogue platform, development partners could be identified, who could provide the necessary technical assistance to develop more in-depth studies on the issues identified, to develop national legislation, and to identify financial resources for investment.
The project on civic engagement in local governance “MĂ IMPLIC” aims at ensuring that the rural population of Moldova has equitable access to quality communal service provision. The project „MĂ IMPLIC” is financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and implemented by Skat Consulting Ltd.