The Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova entered the political scene in a crucial moment for the fate of the Moldovan democracy. In only 4 years, it has not only managed to become the most democratic party in our country, but also participate in the governing process. LDPM has restored the trust of people in the belief that politics in Moldova can be honest, responsible and benefit the citizens. This leaflet presents an overview of the most relevant dates and actions from the LDPM history, since its formation and up to the present.
08.10.2007. An initiative group consisting of 53 leaders renowned in their fields of activity launched the idea of creating the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova, as an opposition party to the Communist Party that was governing back then.
08.12.2007. The founding congress of the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova took place. LDPM is a center-right party, following a European conservative doctrine and it is aware of the realities in Moldova and open to cooperation with representatives of the dominant political currents in Europe. Vlad Filat was elected the President of the LDPM.
26.12. 2007. LDPM elected the Permanent Bureau, Vice-Presidents, Secretary General and submitted the necessary documents to register the party at the Ministry of Justice.
25.01.2008. The Ministry of Justice registered the LDPM officially, based on the Article 15 of the Law of Moldova on parties and other socio-political organizations.
30.01.2008. LDPM launched the action "Moldova without Voronin, Moldova without governing Communists". The action included demonstrations, meetings with citizens, legislative initiatives, demarches, aimed at dismantling the communist authoritarian regime by legal means.
31.01.2008. LDPM launched the initiative regarding the presidential elections by direct vote and the transition to a mixed system of electing the Parliament, which would include half of the total number of deputies on party lists and the other half from single-member constituencies.
05.03.2008. The President of the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova submitted the documents to the Central Electoral Commission, requesting the registration of the initiative group of citizens to initiate a republican referendum on amendment of the Constitution.
17.03.2008. The LDPM joined the social-political movement "For Nation and Country"
23.03.2008. The founding meeting of the initiative group for holding the republican referendum on constitutional amendment took place. It was attended by over 5,000 citizens from all country districts. Within the period stipulated by law, 224 176 signatures supporting the referendum were collected. According to the constitutional rule, this number of signatures is sufficient to initiate a referendum. But speculating a loophole in the Constitution and in order to block the initiative of amending the Supreme Law, at the end of the campaign, the CEC announced that 340,000 signatures are needed to initiate a referendum. In these circumstances, LDPM has decided not to submit lists to the CEC.
29.03.2008. The initiative group of the Liberal Democratic Youth of Moldova initiated the national campaign "Transparency in Public Institutions".
01.04.2008. LDPM initiated a broad campaign in support of signing the Convention on Small Border Traffic. This allows more than one million citizens to travel freely in the EU border area, based just on a special permit, issued free of charge, for up to five years.
10.04.2008. The LDPM headquarters were visited by representatives of CCECC, who asked to check the party’s financial and economic activity after less than two months and half from the party registration.
11.05.2008. LDPM organized meetings of citizens in 13 centers in the border region of Moldova, in favor of signing the Convention on Small Border Traffic.
25.05.2008. LDPM organized a comprehensive meeting in Chisinau to support the Convention. It was attended by 7,000 people.
15.06.2008. LDPM organized meetings of citizens in 30 border regions, which were attended by about 5,000 people.
17.07.2008. The LDPM President launches the initiative to establish the Council for Dialogue and Cooperation between the LDPM, AMN, LP and DPM.
21.07.2008 - 20.09.2008. LDPM organized 86 meetings with citizens in the border region and distributed 200,000 leaflets with information about the Convention on Small Border Traffic and its benefits for the residents in that area.
28.07 - 01.09.2008. LDPM was actively involved in helping people affected by floods in the summer of 2008. In addition to material and financial support, the flood victims were helped to drain the water from households and basements.
20.08.2008. LDPM President, Vlad Filat, put forward a bill that provides tax exemption on real estate and land tax for individuals and businesses, whose real estate were affected by floods.
04.09.2008. The President of the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova, Vlad Filat put forward in the Parliament a draft law on the disbursement of 113 million lei to increase salaries of teachers and other staff of educational institutions and organizations.
13.09.2008. The Association of Liberal Democratic Teachers was formed within LDPM.
27.09.2008. The Second Congress of the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova was held in Balti and it was attended by 547 delegates from local party organizations.
01.10.2008. LDPM submitted a memorandum to the European Commission Delegation in Chisinau, addressed to the European Parliament and European Commission, requesting the intervention of High European bodies to ensure the signing of the Convention on Small Border Traffic.
13.10.2008. The Association of Liberal Democratic Physicians and Pharmacist was formed within LPDM.
15.10.2008. The founding conference of the Youth Organization of LDPM was held, which was attended by 517 delegates from all districts of the country.
21.10.2008. LDPM President, Vlad Filat, submitted to the Permanent Bureau of the Moldovan Parliament a draft law on granting subsidies for heating during the cold season. Due to this project, 368 000 families benefited from subsidies.
22.10.2008. LDPM drafted a bill that would provide special "energy pensions" for vulnerable families.
23.10.2008. The President of the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova, Vlad Filat, submitted to the Permanent Bureau of the Parliament a legislative initiative to amend the law on deposit insurance of individuals in the banking system, in order to protect the interests of depositors. The project stipulates the increase of the amount guaranteed by the state for each depositor from 4500 MDL to the equivalent in MDL of 5000 Euros.
26.10.2008. LDPM organized a large protest against the bankrupt policy of the communist government in agriculture. The action was titled "Ruination of agriculture – destruction of the country." The meeting was attended by over 10,000 citizens from all districts of the country; people employed in agriculture, but also doctors, teachers.
09.11.2008. LDPM organized a nation-wide public action in support of free media and citizens' right to fair and objective information. The event was held simultaneously in Chisinau and Balti municipalities and all district centers with the participation of about 5,000 people.
08.12.2008. LDPM launched the national action "The file of the Communist government" in order to conduct a thorough analysis of all actions taken by the Communist Party during the eight years of their governance.
21.12.2008. LDPM organized a public action in the Square of the Great National Assembly, to support the citizens’ rights and liberties, the free mass-media and the PRO TV channel. The event was attended by over 10 thousand citizens from Chisinau and Balti, from all country districts.
27.12.2008. The Organization of the Liberal Democratic Women of Moldova was founded within LDPM. Liliana Palihovici was chosen as president.
25.01.2009. LDPM organized a meeting of citizens from Lipcani to speed up the opening of Lipcani-Radauti Prut customs point. The meeting was attended by people from Briceni, Edinet, Ocnita and Donduseni, who expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that the authorities do not take the necessary steps to open the bridge over Prut, which makes circulation difficult for 100 000 citizens from the northern districts of Moldova.
24.01.2009. The Association of Elderly People was formed within LDPM.
28.01.2009. The famous diplomat, Iurie Leanca, Vice-President of the Foreign Policy Association, joined LDPM.
30.01.2009. LDPM launches the commitment to a campaign which is fair, positive, constructive, based on a debate of ideas, concepts and programs; a campaign dominated by the spirit of tolerance, truth and pluralism.
03.02.2009. LDPM presented the government program for 2009-2013 and the government team. The LDPM program is pragmatic, realistic, based on modern and responsible management, which clearly sets the governing priorities.
05.02.2009. LDPM submitted to the Central Electoral Commission the set of documents required for registration as a candidate in the parliamentary elections of April 5th, 2009. According to the order decided by raffle, LDPM ranked the 6th on the ballot for parliamentary elections.
08.02.2009. LDPM organized a protest in the Square of Opera and Ballet Theater, against the communist authorities' refusal to ensure the right to vote of Moldovan citizens living abroad. The event was attended by 4,000 people.
22.02.2009. LDPM organized a protest in the Square of the Great National Assembly against the infringement of electoral rights of Moldovan citizens. The meeting was attended by over 20,000 people, members and supporters of the LDPM.
22.03.2009. LDPM organized in the Square of the Great National Assembly a comprehensive action entitled "Vote without fear", which was attended by over 30,000 citizens, members and supporters of the LDPM from the entire country. The goal of this action was to encourage citizens to free themselves from fear and vote fully in line with their political visions.
04.04.2009. LDPM launched "The file of communism", the first volume which includes analyses, research, investigations, articles, reports about abuses committed by the communist government and its henchmen during 2001-2008. The file has 765 pages and presents in detail and with arguments all the transgressions committed by the Voronin regime.
05.04.2009. At the parliamentary elections of April 5th 2009, the first elections for LDPM, the party obtained 12.43% of the votes, which represented 15 seats in the Parliament Republic of Moldova.
12.04.2009. LDPM together with LP and AMN, organized a protest against communist repressions. The meeting was attended by over 10,000 people who condemned the arrest and mistreatment of young people following the events of April 7th.
01.06.2009. On the occasion of International Children’s Day, LDPM launched the charity action "The future is near you! Get involved!" It aimed to help the children in need.
05.06.2009. The President of the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova, Vlad Filat, submitted a draft law to the Permanent Bureau of the Parliament as a legislative initiative, amending and supplementing the Electoral Code. The bill is aimed at eliminating the legislative gaps and creating conditions for holding free and fair elections. LDPM proposed to reinstate the institution of electoral blocs in order to participate jointly in the elections. He also proposed lowering the threshold of representation for political parties from 6% to 4% and for electoral blocs - setting the threshold of 8 % of the valid votes.
09.06.2009. The parliamentary faction of the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova submitted to the Permanent Bureau of the Parliament the legislative initiative regarding the formation of a parliamentary committee to optimize the legislative electoral framework. The purpose of this committee is to develop amendments to the Electoral Code and other laws for the conduct of democratic, free and fair elections in the Republic of Moldova.
17.06.2009. LDPM was registered by the Central Electoral Commission. The Liberal Democratic Party was number 5 on the ballot for the parliamentary elections of July 29th.
26.06.2009. The Youth Organization of the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova launched the informative campaign "The truth", in order to inform citizens about the events that took place in the country after the elections of April 7th. The campaign reached 26 districts and 360 villages in Moldova.
03.07.2009. LDPM created the Fund "April 2009". The sources accumulated in this fund were used to help the young people abused by the police and the families of those deceased. Also, a house was purchased from this fund for the family of Valeriu Boboc, who died on April 7th.
06.07.2009. LDPM submitted the electoral offer for the early parliamentary elections of July 29th. The slogan used by LDPM to officially enter the campaign is "Together for Moldova!"
29.07.2009. At the early elections of July 29th, 2009 the LDPM gained 16.57% of the votes and 18 seats in the Parliament.
08.08.2009. The governing coalition "Alliance for European Integration" was formed, which included LDPM, AMN, LP and DP.
25.09.2009. The Parliament gave the vote of confidence to the Government and to Prime Minister Vlad Filat, the LDPM president.
13.11.2009 The Small Border Traffic Agreement was signed, allowing citizens to travel more easily to Romania.
08.12.2009. LDPM celebrated two years of its activity.
19.12.2009. The 3rd extraordinary Congress of LDPM took place at the National Palace in Chisinau. It was attended by 1,800 delegates from local party organizations, which represent over 35,000 members of the LDPM.
27.12.2009 LDPM launched the support campaign for disadvantaged families and children with disabilities. Dozens of vulnerable families with children with disabilities received packages with food, sweets, toys and clothes. The humanitarian aid contributions were collected by LDPM members and such actions were organized in all districts of the country.
15.02.2010. The customs point Lipcani-Radauti Prut was opened. LDPM pleaded for this and it was one of the electoral promises of the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova.
21.04.2010. LDPM proposed the amendment of the Law on state registration of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs. The legislative initiative aimed at creating conditions that encourage business activity and facilitate business initiatives in Moldova.
28.04.2010. LDPM proposed the cancellation of the local fee of 5% for advertising. The initiative of amending the Tax Code provides for the exclusion of the obligation to pay local taxes for the placement of advertising by media institutions.
10.05.2010. The Youth Organization of LDPM organized a wide national campaign titled "We bring Europe home." The campaign was meant to inform citizens about EU history, the values, principles, culture and EU community institutions. For one week, the young Liberal Democrats went into districts and projected movies about the European Union and the Euro-zone, organized debates and round tables on the EU – Moldova relationships, funding programs, social and educational policies on free movement of persons.
15.05.2010. The Youth Organization of LDPM held an action entitled "European future of Moldova" on the Alley of Classical Writers in Chisinau. The action was part of the national information campaign "We bring Europe home", launched by the young liberal democrats on May 10th.
19.05.2010. The MPs of the LDPM prepared a draft law amending and completing the Law on entrepreneurship and enterprise of January 3rd, 1992. The provisions stipulated by this law restrict the cash settlements to 1000 lei for each transaction and 10,000 lei for taxes administered by the Customs Service.
19.06.2010. The extraterritorial organization of the LDPM "For Independence and European Integration" was formed.
01/07/2010. A group of rectors from universities in Moldova joined the extraterritorial organization of the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova "For Independence and European Integration".
08.07.2010. An impressive group consisting of athletes, coaches, leaders of specialized federations and sport institutions joined the extraterritorial organization of the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova "For Independence and European Integration".
08.07.2010. LDPM launched a campaign to collect humanitarian aid for people who suffered from floods in the summer of 2010.
09.07.2010. Starting from that period, LDPM was actively involved in helping people who suffered from floods. In addition to food, clothing and goods of prime necessity, 650 hundred tons of sand and bags were transported in the affected areas to fortify dams, in total worth 80,000 lei. The LDPM members contributed as volunteers to the fortification of dams and removal of material goods that could still be rescued from the flooded houses.
29.07.2010. A group of famous personalities active in the healthcare sector joined the extraterritorial organization of the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova "For Independence and European Integration".
05.08.2010. LDPM submitted to the Permanent Bureau of the Parliament a draft law amending the Electoral Code of November 21st, 1997. The project stipulates the reduction of the minimum period for setting the elections date, and respectively the organization of elections from 60 to 30 days.
12.08.2010. An important group of professionals and managers from the agriculture and food sector, as well as representatives of agricultural science joined the extraterritorial organization of LDPM "For Independence and European Integration".
14.08.2010. The Liberal Democratic Youth launched the campaign "Be strong! Vote for the President!"
23.08.2010. LDPM organized a rally in the Square of the Arch of Triumph, supporting the constitutional referendum of September 5th. The event was attended by several hundreds of citizens, including artists and writers, members of the Association of Culture and Art People of LDPM.
15.09.2010. LDPM submitted a legislative initiative concerning women's participation in political life. Through this initiative, the LDPM proposed to set a minimum quota of 30 percent of women's presence on the lists of parties’ candidates that participate in all types of elections.
23.09.2010. Over 1,600 students from universities and high schools in the Republic of Moldova joined the Youth Organization of LDPM.
27.09.2010. The Filat Government took the commitment to the Parliament to pay compensations for the cold season. The bill stipulated additional allowances worth 112,8 million lei to pay social compensations during the cold season. As a result, the beneficiaries of pensions or social allowances amounting to 900 lei, were entitled to receive compensations worth 130 lei during the cold season of 2010 (November-December).
30.09.2010. A large group of specialists from the educational sector joined the extraterritorial organization of the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova.
13.10.2010. 53 reserve officers, active participants in the processes of reforming and consolidating the Moldovan state, in the struggle for territorial integrity, members of various peacekeeping missions formed the Union "The Oak".
15.10.2010. LDPM registered at CEC the list of candidates for the parliamentary elections of November 28th.
16.10.2010. LDPM officially entered the electoral campaign for the parliamentary elections of November 28th, 2010. Within a public action, LDPM presented its commitment to "Moldova without poverty" and the concrete action plan to achieve this major objective.
20.10.2010. LDPM presented the first action as part of the commitment "Moldova without poverty" - "Moldova without corruption."
26.10.2010 The Liberal Democratic Youth launched the initiative "In Europe without visas." The caravan "In Europe without visa" toured Chisinau and aimed to raise public awareness on a very important event: due to the efforts of the Filat Government, Moldova gained a clear perspective on the visa liberalization regime with the European Union.
22.11.2010. LDPM organized a major electoral event, where the European People's Party President Wilfried Martens participated.
28.11.2010. Following the early parliamentary elections of November 28th, 2010, the LDPM obtained 29.42% of the votes and 32 seats in the Parliament of Moldova.
07.12.2010. The President of the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova, Vlad Filat, made public the LDPM offer for the European and democratic parties that have access to the Parliament after the parliamentary elections of November 28th.
08.12.2010. LDPM celebrated three years of its activity.
20.12.2010. The Women's Organization of LDPM launched the campaign "Gift a smile". This was a fundraising campaign to help children from socially vulnerable families on the eve of winter holidays.
30.12.2010. After a long process of negotiations with the LP and DPM, LDPM restructured the majority coalition Alliance for European Integration, with a total of 59 out of 101 seats.
13.01.2011. LDPM designated its representatives in the government.
14.01.2011. The Parliament gives the vote of confidence to the Government and to Prime Minister Vlad Filat.
26.01.2011. Vlad Filat sent the action plan rearding the visa liberalization regime to Iurie Leanca, Deputy premier, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration. The action plan European Union – Republic of Moldova, which concerns the liberalization of the visa regime was completed and approved by the European Commission on December 16th, after Vlad Filat paid a visit to Brussels.
05.02.2011. The Association of Managers and Businessmen of LDPM was formed. The founding conference was attended by 265 delegates, representatives of the party regional structures, ministers, LDPM deputies.
10.02.2011. LDPM became an observer member of the EPP. The EPP Political Council approved unanimously in Brussels the LDPM candidate as an observer member of the European People's Party.
10.03.2011. LDPM proposed the taxation of millionaires, who often avoid the tax system: they have undeclared properties and income and do not pay the necessary taxes. The new tax type set in the fiscal policy will target only those who spend annually more than 300,000 lei and those who buy properties more expensive than one million lei.
11.03.2011. At the invitation of LDPM leader, Vlad Filat, the U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, paid an official visit to Moldova.
22.03.2011. A merger agreement between the LDPM and AMN was signed.
10.04.2011. The IV Congress of the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova was held in Chisinau and it was attended by over 2400 delegates. At the forum, the Secretary General of the Government, Victor Bodiu, was appointed as the candidate of the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova for the function of city mayor.
18.04.2011. LDPM submitted the necessary documents for registration in the electoral campaign of candidates for the position of general city mayor and municipal councilors.
21.04.2011. LDPM presented the electoral commitment for the general local elections of June 5th "Together for Chisinau!" The offer of the LDPM team for Chisinau had 7 priorities.
06.05.2011. To ensure the victory of democratic forces in the elections for Chisinau city hall, LDPM took the strategic decision to withdraw its candidate from the electoral race and support Dorin Chirtoaca.
08.05.2011. LDPM launched its electoral platform for the campaign of the local elections of June 5th, 2011. The LDPM candidates running for mayors and local councilors in all districts of Moldova were present at the action.
10.05.2011. Valeriu Strelet was elected as the chairman of the LDPM faction in the Parliament of Moldova. Tudor Deliu was elected as vice-president and Simion Furdui was appointed as member of the Permanent Bureau of the Parliament.
13.06.2011. LDPM signed a cooperation agreement with the governing party in France.
11.06.2011. Vlad Filat received the Freedom Award, given by the U.S. Atlantic Council.
20.06.2011. At the local elections in June, the first ones for LDPM, the party obtained 3040 functions of municipal and village councilors, 301 functions of district and municipal councilors and 286 mandates of mayors. Subsequently, another three councilors and 27 independent mayors joined the LDPM.
24.08.2011. The Filat Government assumed responsibility before Parliament by adopting a bill designed to counter the raider attacks.
28.08.2011. The deputy Iurie Tap presented the initiative of the LDPM faction to create the special Commission for decentralizing power and ensuring local autonomy.
The main objectives of the special Commission are: analysis of legislation regarding decentralization policies and aligning it with the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova (Article 109) and the European Charter of Local Self-Government.
07.09.2011. Vlad Filat received the award "Man of the Year" at the Krynica Economic Forum.
24.09.2011. LDPM formed the Association of locally elected officials. The meeting was attended by nearly 500 mayors and councilors elected on the LDPM list from all country districts.
22.09.2011. LDPM leader, Vlad Filat, made a visit to Moscow, after which it was decided to resume the formal political negotiations in 5 +2 format regarding the Transdniestrean conflict.
01.10.2011. On the occasion of World Day of Fight against Breast Cancer, the LDPM Women's organization launched a campaign to inform women about the importance of early detection of breast cancer, prevention methods and negative effects of this disease on the development of contemporary society.
12.10.2011. LDPM notified the Constitutional Court on the legality of the Government Presidium. Previously, Vlad Filat said that this institution undermines the government activity.
13.10.2011. During the Parliament plenum, Prime-Minister Vlad Filat asked for the resignation of the Attorney General, of the Director of Intelligence and Security and of the president of the National Commission of Financial Market.
20.10.2011. The LDPM parliamentary faction developed and submitted a bill according to European standards regarding the amendment of the Law on Prosecution.
27.10.2011. LDPM proposed in the Parliament to make amendments to the Law of LPA. The project stipulates the amendment of the Law on Local Public Administration, which will stipulate expressly that "when the local councilor is absent without leave during three consecutive meetings of the Local Council, his/her councilor mandate will be revoked".
01.11.2011. The Youth Organization of the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova launched the Institutional Transparency Program "Youth governs". The program aims to promote transparency of public institutions and trust in the relationship between youth and state institutions.
03.11.2011. During the parliamentary session, the MPs of the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova stated that they give up their parliamentary immunity.
15.11.2011. The Liberal Democratic Youth of Moldova celebrated 3 years of activity.
26.10.2011-04.12.2011. During this period, the conferences of the regional organizations of the LDPM were organized.
11.12.2011. The V Congress of LDPM was held, during which the governing bodies of the party were re-elected.