The System of Apostille Issuance Introduced in Moldova
From Today, March 16, the Ministry of Justice finally starts to issue apostilles (you can read more news on this in Romanian and also to appoint the date for submitting documents to be affixed with apostille on the Ministry's official site). Last year the Moldovan Parliament adopted the Law on Joining the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (adopted in Hague). In February this year the Government adopted the Regulation on the Order of Apostille Issuance that stated that apostille should be issued and recognized from March 16 (the date when the Convention comes into force for Moldova).
And that is a very good news I think. A couple of years ago I had to legalize a proxy issued by a Moldovan company to its representative in Turkey. And here's the row of actions that I had to undertake:
1. Certification of the proxy by a notary.
2. Translation of the proxy.
3. Certification by the notary of translator's signature.
4. Certification of the notary's seal and signature by the Ministry of Justice.
5. Certification of the seal the Ministry of Justice by the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
6. And finally - certification of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' seal and legalization of proxy at the Consulate of Turkey.
SIX (!!!!!) steps in order to send a very simple document to another country. Thankfully we won't need to do it again...