Following the events unfolding with truly breakneck speed, we almost did not notice that the first two months of 2013 have passed. But this does not prevent us in a conversation with Victor Sau, head of the Soroca district. He sums up the year gone and finds out what are the priorities for the coming months.
- Mr. Head, I would ask you to tell about the most important successful thing done in Soroca district last year and their influence on our lives.
Not only for me 2012 was a year full of success, problems and their solutions, joys and sorrows. There is no doubt that we all worked hard and made efforts to do good things for Soroca district; it’s administration, experts, offices, departments and services of the district council proved their professionalism, competence and loyalty. It was not easy, because the problems were identified in many areas - education system, health care, prices for foodstuffs and energy prices, lack of jobs, drought... But despite this, we went ahead, and you can feel the changes that have occurred in each institution, in every village, in the district and throughout the country.
We have made efforts in order to use public money properly and effectively. It is not a secret that the district budget is limited, and there are much more problems to be solved than finances we have. That’s why we are looking for additional funds by attracting foreign investments and projects. Donors’ trust in Soroca district council, its positive image on national and international level - is an important factor to ensure the operation of all components.
During the past year there were many event is Soroca district which, I think, have left a positive mark. I will mention just a few of them: February 2, 2012 in Kiev, we have signed an agreement on the establishment of the together with representatives of the regional Council of Vinnytsia (Ukraine) and heads of the six districts of the Republic of Moldova. In the period of October 10-13, 2012 Euroregion "Dniester" was presented in Brussels (involving Soroca district), November 21, 2012 in Iasi was held a signing ceremony of the agreement on cooperation between Euroregions "Dniester"and" Siret-Prut-Nistru".
Another important event was the visit of the Ambassadors of the EU member states in the Republic of Moldova led by Dirk Schuebel. In June a representative of German International Cooperation Agency GIZ - Phillippe Johansen had working visit in the Soroca. "Apple Festival" has also become a large-scale event. Not only leadership of the district and local inhabitants participated in the festival but also such quests as the Prime Minister of Moldova Vlad Filat, the agriculture Minister Vasile Bumacov, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Russia in the Republic of Moldova Farit Muhametshin, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Romania in Chisinau Marius Lazurca, Head of the Euroregion "Dniester" Sergiy Tatusiak, executive director of the Euroregion "Siret-Prut-Nistru" Dragos Mandake, delegations from Romania, Ukraine, Russia, and districts of the Republic of Moldova. Together with the head of the County of Buzau (Romania) Marian Kristinel Byzhiu, we signed an agreement on cooperation and brotherhood between County of Buzau (Romania) and Soroca district (Moldova). To implement the Plan of Action Soroca district organized exchange visits of district councilors, mayors and heads of departments, divisions and services to Romania, Botosani.
During the visit, a Declaration of Intent on cooperation was signed between the Counties of Botosani and Soroca. In 2012, May 18, we started the project "Medieval treasures: the Fortress of Suceava - Hawtin - Soroca", a project that we've been waiting for ... The list goes on, and I can assure you that every event was interesting in its own way, it was not easy to organize, but if you have a team that means you have a support and understanding and all can be solved. The greatest success I consider that every part of the district council honestly worked with dedication to achieve the objectives, and advisors of the alliance, as well as from the opposition, supported them with decisions.
- What do you expect, and what should we expect, we, who still hope for the best in 2013, including in the reforms and development of relations in number of areas, internal and external?
On the background of events happening in the country, most of all, I wish myself and all the people peace and political stability, because it is the most difficult to work in a stressful situation. Although it would be nice if everyone knew his/her place and duties. Only then we can hope for stability and normal life. We are the chosen by people, and our goal is to serve for their benefit. We have to solve their problems, and there are much more problems than recourses available. Implementation of reforms is a complicated but necessary process. We are trying to convince people, but sometimes we just put up with the requirements. For example, I am against schools optimization, but I had to come to terms with the requirements of the Ministry of Education and to make efforts to ensure that the procedure was as painless as possible. If we talk about the development of internal and external relationships, we try to attract investment for new projects by signing a new cooperation agreement, and by our serious attitude to official duties, as well as in relations to partners.
- Mr. Sau, in your opinion, what our resources should be used in order to get the better results in different areas?
Republic of Moldova has a unique human potential, its use will help to solve many problems. We need to communicate more, because we live in a time when technological progress consumes us, we get lost in social networks; we shut ourselves from this world, from its basic things. We bathe in their own problems, blaming everyone around us, without trying to take the simple things in order to solve them. We live in time when very few have a job and perform his/her duties ... Each of us must personally connect to public life, to express their initiative. No one comes to the Republic of Moldova in order to solve our problems. Help - yes, but in the end we're all done, neither I nor my assistants or advisers. We are administering but the development and well-being depends on everyone.
- And the last question. In the light of events happened in the country in recent years, what are your relations with the rest of a stuff of district administration?
On the level of the Soroca district council with the deputy Vladimir Nikutse and Boris Ivas we came to an agreement to work in a way as we worked before. I don’t say that there are no differences between us, but we discuss, analyze and try to find solutions. I have already said that the more we talk, the better we understand each other. Joseph Joubert said: "The purpose of argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress."
- Thank you for the interview.