A new tool for parliamentary journalists

Parliamentary reporters will have a useful tool for navigating the working procedures and sources of information in the Parliament of Moldova. A Guide for Parliamentary Journalists was published on Parliament's website today and will be distributed among reporters covering Parliament works.

The guide, available in Romanian and Russian, is intended for both beginner reporters and experienced journalists. It contains useful information on Parliament's work, including legislative procedure, rules for access and conduct, accreditation procedures and up-to-date contact information from Parliament.

The publication was prepared with the support of the UNDP Project “Strengthening Parliamentary Governance in Moldova”, implemented with the financial support of the Swedish Government.

According to Stefan Liller, Deputy Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme in Moldova, media plays a crucial role in a democratic society, and journalists’ timely and comprehensive access to information of public interest is very important.

“UNDP works with the parliament to enhance its communication and citizen outreach, as the decisions by Parliament impacts all citizens. Effective and timely communication can help keep citizens informed, enable institutional accountability and increase public confidence in the legislature,” said Stefan Liller.

In recent years, UNDP supported numerous actions and tools to streamline parliamentary work and bring the Moldovan Parliament closer to the people:

  • In 2014, with the support of UNDP, four territorial information offices of the Parliament were opened in Comrat, Edineț, Leova and Orhei. They host regular hearings, public consultations and MPs’ meetings with local residents;
  • In April 2017, an e-petition portal was launched, which allows citizens to submit petitions to Parliament online and monitor how their petitions are examined in real time;
  • UNDP supports thematic parliamentary caucuses – the Women Caucus was formed several years ago and works to promote a gender dimension in public policies;
  • In July 2016, the Moldova National Chapter of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) was established – it brings together 9 current and former MPs from all factions determined to denounce corruption and promote integrity in the public system;
  • UNDP also supports the professionalization of Parliament’s public communication. In 2015, a Visit and Information Center was created, which helped over 15,000 citizens visit the institution, where they had the chance to meet their elected representatives;
  • The Parliament has a new communication strategy and visual identity, and the staff of Parliament’s Secretariat in charge for public communication have been trained in various areas of this work.
  • In 2017, UNDP helped develop 6 educational videos on parliamentary activities and procedures. The videos will be used in civics classes in schools as well as in PSA media broadcasts and in other public events organized by Parliament.