Beltsy tops the rating of transparency in Moldova
Beltsy headed the rating of transparency of local authorities’ actions among the cities of Moldova with a large margin. Having scored 83.5 points out of 100 possible, Beltsy became the only city in the country that received the “A+” rating under the international criteria. The closest competitor was Cahul with a rating of “B-”, which scored 56 points. Cimislia was in the third place with a rating of “C” and 49 points.
This was stated at a press conference by representatives of the IDIS-Viitorul Institute and the Institute for Economic Reforms and Development INEKO (Slovakia), which for six months carried out the study with the financial support of the US Embassy in Moldova and the Official Development Support Program of Slovakia (SlovakAid). The purpose of the monitoring project was to increase transparency, financial responsibility and competence of the local authorities of the Republic of Moldova.
The most significant progress in Moldova in increasing transparency in the work of local authorities in comparison with previous years was observed in Beltsy. According to the Report, the situation has changed dramatically since 2015, when Renato Usatii was elected as a Mayor of Beltsy: during his work, the city has risen in the rating of transparency from 7th to 1st position.
The experts emphasized that although the law obliges local authorities to publish documentation on concluded contracts in Moldova, the Beltsy municipality was the only one in Moldova who fulfills these legal provisions in full and on a permanent basis. Moreover, the authorities of Beltsy went further and published public procurement contracts on the website of the mayor’s office, even in cases when this was not mandatory.
The authors of the study also noted that the best results for ensuring citizens’ participation in the decision-making process among all cities of the country are recorded in Beltsy.
Renato Usatii congratulated the citizens of Beltsy and all his supporters with this “very important victory” in his words. The mayor of Beltsy told about it in an online broadcast on Facebook. Experts, including international ones, “gave a real assessment of what we are doing in Beltsy with our team over the past two years, namely, they clearly gave us the first position [on transparency of work],” the head of the northern capital of Moldova said.
“By the example of Beltsy, we showed the whole country that we can move forward. We are in the opposition, they are destroying us, they are putting constant obstacles to us, we are fighting against corrupt scoundrels, they detain them after a year and a half, release someone for arrest in quarters, and released someone a year ago. But we showed the whole country that we can go forward. But we have to work for this,” Usatii said.
The head of the Beltsy administration expressed gratitude to all those who honestly work for the benefit of Beltsy. “From the bottom of my heart I want to thank all the employees of the mayor’s office, workers of municipal enterprises, ordinary workers. Guys, this is your work – those who are decent, honestly working, it is the merit of all of you.”
“We are a model, an example to follow for other cities,” Usatii noted. “We’re on the right way.” Today, all international organizations have seen the result of this study.”
Renato Usatii is convinced that such truthful facts will be remembered by history, especially “in comparison with what is shown on the dirty TV channels of the regime from morning till night.” Organizations financed by external partners “who are not under the influence of some villains” are able to convey a truthful picture to people.
“We bring discipline in Beltsy and we will bring discipline in the whole country together with you,” Usatii summed up.
It should be noted that as part of the IDIS-Viitorul project which was implemented in 2016-2017, and foreign partners of the Institute, 60 territorial administrative units of Moldova (40 cities and 20 largest villages) were studied, that is, virtually all significant settlements of the country.