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moldovan christmas beauracracy

This story captured my imagination when it was sent from a friend in Moldova last week – is there no limit to beauracracy in some parts of the world?

I have included an update to the story below it, too.

Moldovan police arrests Christmas tree

The Christmas tree, which the Chisinau mayor ordered to be set on the Great National Assembly Square in the capital, has been arrested by Moldovan police.

Info-Prim Neo, today at 16:30

Chisinau (IPN) The Christmas tree, which the Chisinau mayor ordered to be set on the Great National Assembly Square in the capital, has been arrested by Moldovan police. The incident occurred this morning. The driver carrying the fir tree was halted by police officers in Cojusna, the locality where the tree was bought from a private company, Info-Prim Neo reports.

The City Hall issued a release reading that the police asked the driver to present the acquisition contract and more related documents. The driver was held up for over an hour, since he did not have the ecological endorsement paper. Officials from the Green Spaces Municipal Company say no ecological endorsement was needed, the communique reads.

Later the police instructed the driver to go to Straseni town and stated the fir tree was arrested, the communique informs.

The Chisinau City Hall announced Tuesday it would set the Christmas Tree on the central square at 10.00 a.m. It also announced the way by which the truck would have brought the tree.

Last year, the Christmas tree placed on the central square as ordered by the mayor on December 9 disappeared at night. Several hours later it was placed near the Triumph Arch and then it was placed in front of the City Hall.

And a recent update:

Greceanyi tells reporters to stop making ‘such a fuss’ about Christmas tree

“There shall be a tree, a big, nice tree, which will have its lights switched on at the appropriate time”, Greceanyi said.

Info-Prim Neo, today at 17:34

Chisinau (IPN) Prime Minister Zinaida Greceanyi advised the press to “stop making such a fuss about the Christmas tree, it’s not worth it”, saying that people have other concerns to take care of ahead of New Year’s Eve, like “taking their salaries and pensions on time”.

“There shall be a tree, a big, nice tree, which will have its lights switched on at the appropriate time”, Greceanyi said.

She went on to add that the population would learn later how much the tree cost.

On Tuesday evening, December 16, a 19 meters tall fir tree was erected in Chisinau’s central plaza. The Government’s spokesperson, Vitalie Condratchi, told the agency Info-Prim Neo the tree was brought from Calarasi district and would be inaugurated on Friday, December 19.

Earlier on Tuesday, the municipal authorities reported the tree they bought for the same central square had been arrested by police on its way to the city because the driver hauling the fir failed to produce an ecological authorization requested by the police.

My friend comments: I thought I would stop holding you all in suspense about our Christmas tree – if that story caught your interest at all.  The communist Prime Minister of Moldova told people to stop worrying about the Christmas tree.  The “big, nice, tree” with its light on in the center of the capital city will not be the one purchased by the non-communist mayor of the city (it is still under arrest), but one purchased and set up by the communist national government.  The sad thing is, if people have more important things to worry about as we approach new parliamentary elections, doesn’t the government, too?

Andy Moore

I work as Head of Global Communications for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), having previously worked with Compudava (now Endava) in Moldova, building web applications, and for Wesley Management, working with small businesses and charities. I have a passion to see intelligent application of digital technology to serve the Church and mission. Married to the lovely Ruth.

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