Officially: Balti mayoralty is declared the most transparent in Moldova

An honorary diploma and a memorial sign were awarded on October 19, to the municipality of Balti as a city that took first place in Moldova as concerns the transparency rating of local authorities. The award ceremony was held in Chisinau, during a conference organized by IDIS-Viitorul and the Institute for Economic Reforms and Development INEKO (Slovakia), which conducted a six-month study with the financial support of the US Embassy in Moldova and SlovakAid official development support program of Slovakia. The deputy mayor of municipality, Igor Seremet represented Balti at the conference.

An unprecedentedly top result, obtained by Balti, was possible thanks to a new, progressive approach to the activity of local authorities, which was introduced by the mayor of Balti municipality, Renato Usatyi, with a balanced assessment of positions and strict control over the implementation of decisions, Igor Seremet said after the award ceremony.

“During the conference it was stressed that many politicians who participate in elections make promises, and then they do not keep their promises. In Balti the situation is absolutely different. As you remember, in 2015, Renato Usatyi, when entered in elections as a candidate for the position of mayor of Balti municipality, very clearly indicated, as a priority, that Balti mayoralty become the most transparent in the Republic of Moldova. After almost two years of hard work, it happened”, Seremet said.

During the discussions, the participants in the conference expressed the opinion that the success of local government actions is determined by the personality of the head of the administrative unit, his ability to act effectively and decisively.

“Today, there were statements that progress depends to a large extent on the head of the city”, deputy mayor of Balti said, noting that just after Renato Usatyi became mayor of Balti, the staff in the city administration for the most part did not change, but the work was organized in a completely new way. “And you see the results that we obtained after the appointment of Renato Usatyi as mayor. For one year, Balti went up from “C – “rating to “A +” rating. This is the key role of the head of the city who puts the right emphasis and, most importantly, remembers the obligations assumed during the election campaign”.

“Today Balti has a score of A +, 83.5 percent. I am sure that we will have 100 percent when Renato Usatyi returns home”, Igor Seremet said.

It should be reminded that getting 83.5 points out of 100 possible, Balti became the only city in the country that received the “A +” rating according to international criteria. The closest competitor was Cahul with a rating of “B - “, which scored 56 points. The third place - Cimislia with a rating of “C” and 49 points.

As the experts emphasized, compared with previous years, the greatest progress in Moldova was registered in Balti as concerns the increasing transparency in the activity of the local authorities. According to the report, the situation has changed substantially since 2015, when Renato Usatyi was elected mayor of Balti: during the period of his activity in the municipality, the transparency rating has risen from 7 to 1 place.

Earlier, the mayor Balti, Renato Usatyi called the awarding to Balti of the first place in the rating of transparency “a very important victory”. Through the example of Balti, we showed the whole country that we can move forward”, - Usatyi said in June 2017, when the results of the study were resumed. He stressed that the merit of “all employees of the mayoralty, employees of municipal enterprises, ordinary employees” is that “they became a model, an example to be followed by the other cities”.

Within the IDIS-Viitorul project and foreign partners of the Institute, which was implemented in the period 2016-2017, about 60 territorial and administrative units of Moldova (40 cities and 20 largest villages), that is, practically all significant settlements of the country, have been included in study.

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