The future reform of Administrative law in Moldova
A couple of days ago on the Parliament's official site I came across the draft of the new Code of Contraventions (Codul contraventional - see the text in Romanian here) that had already been given its 1st reading by members of the Parliament. I hadn't time to read it in details. But what really attracted my attention was the list of official acts that're going to be either abolished or modified when it is adopted. And the adoption of this code and modifications that are to be introduced into existing legislative acts will probably mark a significant reform in Moldavian administrative law.
The new Code of contraventions (that are considered as law infringements less harmful than crimes provided by the Criminal Code) is to replace the current Code of Administrative Contraventions, one of the few Moldavian codes that haven't been replaced by new ones since the Soviet times (of course, there were many modifications introduced into it, but anyway the basis was laid as early as in the times of the USSR).
But what is even more important is that concurrently with its adoption the significant sections of the Tax and Customs Codes are also to be abrogated. So, all provisions regarding the fiscal and customs sanctions and their application procedures will become subject to unified rules of a single Code. And other legislative acts (e.g. the Law on Administrative Contentions - Legea contenciosului administrativ) are also anticipated to be modified in order to provide the uniform procedures that relate to administrative infringements.
And that really sounds good. Because today Moldavian lawyers need to refer to different acts, to apply different procedures in different disputes the essence of which is the same (arising from administrative relationships). I think among many other reforms in Moldavian legislation that have taken place for the last several years I see this one as probably one of the most rational and logical. At least for practicing lawyers...