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DISINFORMATION: The pro-European government of Moldova is to blame for the increases in public transportation fees, introduced by the socialist mayor of Chișinău

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The PAS government is responsible for the imminent increase in public transportation fees in Chișinău, because it allowed for an increase in fuel prices, Chișinău city hall councilman, Alexandr Odițov, has said. His statement was publicized by a number of news agencies controlled by the Socialists. In fact, fuel prices went up as a result of a global increase in energy prices. Moreover, experts warn that public transportation fees were due to be increased gradually in previous years, considering the last price adjustment was operated in 2009.

NEWS: “The PAS government has done absolutely nothing to curb the increase in fuel prices, and for this reason public transportation fees in the capital-city might go up”. The statement was made by PSRM councilman Alexandr Odițov during a meeting of the Chișinău City Hall Council.

“Due to PAS’s inaction, Diesel and regular fuel now cost 28 and 29 lei. The Cabinet of ministers is doing absolutely nothing to stop the increase in fuel prices. ANRE, which is led by people appointed by Plahotniuc, are still in office and none of them are doing anything. Moreover, the Government claims it will not cancel the VAT for fuel this year, because the tax will add more revenue to the state budget from our pockets. If we eliminate the VAT and excise duty on fuel, fuel prices would cost less than 18 lei per liter. The Government says this money goes to the state budget. Meaning they collect revenues from car drivers, as well as from city hall enterprises. In this context, we call on the government to immediately approve regulations according to which the state must subsidize public transportation in the capital Chișinău for 13 categories of public sector employees. At the same time, the Government must pass new provisions regarding enterprises of strategic social importance”, Alexandr Odințov said. 

Reality

NARRATIVE: The pro-European PAS party (founded by Maia Sandu) is to blame for all price hikes, including those linked to public transportation in the capital Chișinău (led by a former Socialist leader).

BACKGROUND: The Republic of Moldova reports the highest inflation rate at European level – 27% in April, and the situation will continue to deteriorate, meaning inflation is expected to exceed 30% in autumn, according to the latest forecast made public by the National Bank. Central Bank governor, Octavian Armașu, explained this is owed to the large share of foodstuffs in the monthly consumer basket, whose prices have increased considerably, as well as to the fact that prices for a lot of goods were not adjusted in due time, and their sudden increase also adds to inflation.

Early last week, the mayor of Chișinău, Ion Ceban, one of the former leaders of the Party of Socialists and a vocal critic of the PAS administration, announced that public transportation fees will double or triple, considering that the last price adjustment was operated in 2009, and prices for energy have increased all this time, causing major losses to the city hall.

One of the narratives ardently promoted by the pro-Russian administration in the Republic of Moldova, is that the pro-European government, starting with president Maia Sandu and the Action and Solidarity Party (PAS), is responsible for the price hikes.

PURPOSE: To associate the pro-European government with the rampant inflation and the repeated price hikes.

WHY THE NARRATIVE IS FALSE: Fuel prices are going up virtually all over the world. It’s a trend that started in the second half of 2021 in the context of the post-pandemic economic recovery efforts, and amplified in early 2022, due to the war in Ukraine.

At the start of last week, specialized websites in the Republic of Moldova wrote that Diesel and regular fuel prices are among the cheapest at European level, standing at some 1.4 Euro per liter.

Fuel prices in the Republic of Moldova are set on a regular basis (on week days) by the National Agency for Energy Regulation (ANRE), and four of the five members of the ANRE board are appointed by previous governments.

The current government has partly subsidized natural gas and heat bills during the cold season for household users, also with financial support from the European Union. As regards public transportation fees in Chișinău, experts say the prices were supposed to be increased gradually over the years, a measure that couldn’t be implemented due to political interests.

GRAIN OF TRUTH: Energy prices went up a lot in the past year, a period overlapping with the mandate of the current government in Chișinău.

  • Publication / Media:
    evenimentul.md
  • Date of publication:
    12/05/2022
  • Target audience:
    Citizens with low income
  • Amplification:
    aif.md, stiridinmoldova.md
  • Political affiliation:
    Party of Socialists
  • Key narrative:
    The pro-European PAS government is to blame for all price hikes, including for the increase in public transportation fees introduced by the Socialist mayor of Chișinău
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16 May 2022

Updated at: 24 Jun 2022 17:11:13
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  • The PAS government is responsible for the imminent increase in public transportation fees in Chișinău, because it allowed for an increase in fuel prices, Chișinău city hall councilman, Alexandr Odițov, has said. His statement was publicized by a number of news agencies controlled by the Socialists. In fact, fuel prices went up as a result of a global increase in energy prices. Moreover, experts warn that public transportation fees were due to be increased gradually in previous years, considering the last price adjustment was operated in 2009.
  • NARRATIVE: The pro-European PAS party (founded by Maia Sandu) is to blame for all price hikes, including those linked to public transportation in the capital Chișinău (led by a former Socialist leader).
  • PURPOSE: To associate the pro-European government with the rampant inflation and the repeated price hikes.
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