The Head of OSCE Mission to Moldova, Ambassador Jennifer Brush, visited on 11 October 2012 the municipality of Balti in the north of the country and met with members of the municipal government, Municipal Council deputies and representatives of ethic minority communities.
During the meetings, issues related to human rights, national minorities, as well as the administrative decentralization and economic development in Moldova in the context of the political settlement of the Transdniestrian conflict, were discussed.
Brush visited the Northern Regional Development Council, met with representatives of the Jewish, Polish, Russian and Ukrainian communities, and also visited the Jewish cemetery and the Holocaust memorial in Balti, which is the third largest municipality after Chisinau and Tiraspol and the second one in terms of economic activity.
“Balti is an important hub for Moldova, not only for its economic activity, but also because of its multicultural and multi-linguistic identity,” she said during her meeting with the local authorities. “The OSCE stands ready to continue helping Moldova to implement the reforms to bring more prosperity to the country. Following Council of Europe and European Union recommendations, greater decentralization of Moldova is a prerequisite for European integration” said Brush.