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Moldova: Tax Incentives for IT Parks

(Aug. 4, 2015) It was reported on August 3, 2015, that the Parliament of Moldova had approved draft legislation on tax incentives for information technology parks. (Vasile Foltea, Moldova: Tax Incentives Granted to IT Parks, TAX NEWS SERVICE (Aug.3, 2015), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation online subscription database.) The draft law provides that the IT […]

Moldova: Romanian Recognized as the Official Language

(Dec. 23, 2013) On December 5, 2013, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Moldova ruled that the Romanian language is the official language of this country. (Press Release, Constitutional Court of Moldova, The Text of the Declaration of Independence Prevails over the Text of the Constitution (Dec. 5, 2013).) Mihai Ghimpu, the leader of […]

Moldova: New Rules for Child Adoption Proposed

(Dec. 31, 2012) On November 1, 2012, the Parliament of Moldova passed at the first reading amendments to the legislation governing adoption of children. (Tatiana Gurzu, Parliament Changes Child Adoption Procedure in Moldova [in Russian], KOMMERSANT.MD (Nov.1, 2012).) As described by <?Moldova's Minister of Social Protection, Labor, and Family Affairs, the bill is aimed at […]

Moldova: Ban on Use of Communist Symbols

(Nov. 28, 2012) On July 12, 2012, the Moldovan Parliament adopted legislation banning the use of communist symbols. The law came into effect on October 1, 2012. (Communist Symbols Entirely Banned in Moldova [in Russian], VITEBSKII KURIER (Oct. 2, 2012); Law No. 192 of July 12, 2012, 646: 190-192 MONITORUL OFICIAL [official gazette, in Moldovan], […]

Moldova: Various Forms of Discrimination Are Banned by Law

(Nov. 23, 2012) On May 25, 2012, the Parliament of Moldova passed the Law on Enforcement of Equality. The Law was promulgated by the President on May 28, 2012 (Moldovan Parliament Adopted Law on Protection of Gays’ Rights with Scandal [in Russian], ROSBALT.RU (May 25, 2012).) The Law will become effective on January 1, 2013. […]

Moldova: Pedophiles to Be Punished with Chemical Castration

(Apr. 2, 2012) On March 6, 2012, the Parliament of Moldova amended the country's Criminal Code and introduced chemical castration as a mandatory punishment for violent sexual crimes committed against children under 15 years of age. Application of this measure will be determined by courts and the castration procedure will be performed by injection, in […]

Moldova: Legislators to Be Fined for Being AWOL

(Apr. 2, 2012) In October 2011, according to an initiative of the ruling coalition, the Parliament of Moldova amended its own Rules of Internal Procedure (Reglament) and established that legislators will be fined if they are absent from the Parliament's plenary sessions or committee meetings without a valid excuse. A fine will be imposed based […]

Moldova: International Criminal Court Treaty Signed

(Oct. 15, 2010) On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, 2011. The ICC, which has been in operation since 2002, tries persons accused of genocide, crimes […]

Moldova: Referendum on Constitutional Amendments

(July 13, 2010) On July 6, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Moldova approved the constitutionality of the parliamentary decision to conduct a nation-wide referendum in order to pass amendments to the country's Constitution. The parliamentary action was aimed at overcoming a constitutional crisis that has continued for almost a year and prevented the election of […]

Moldova: Prison Term for Begging

(Oct. 2, 2008) On September 26, 2008, the Parliament of Moldova adopted amendments to the nation's Criminal Code that make begging and other related activities a felony. Under the new provisions, those who organize begging will be imprisoned for a period of up to five years upon conviction and fined up to US$2,000. The punishment […]