Critics of the deal say the valuation of the property and land – $ 468,800 and $ 1.46 million – was eerily low for one of Odessa’s more expensive areas.
A little over a year later, in July 2020, a new government led by then Prime Minister Ion Chicu canceled the deal. In January this year, Rolemska sued Moldova’s foreign ministry and the JPA, demanding that the Filip government’s decision be implemented. She initially won, but on April 6, the Court of Appeal overturned the tribunal’s original decision.
In Odessa, where most of Moldova’s properties are located, local authorities say an intergovernmental commission should tackle the problem.
Sergey Grinevetsky, head of the Odessa state administration, said that this was a recurring problem, citing the example of the transfer of land that was part of the “Moldova” sanatorium to a company Cypriot called Makstgroup for a period of 20 years. .
“After that, disputes started between the Moldovan representatives and the Odessa city council,” he said. “Then, for the first time, it was said that certain buildings would be built on the square of the sanatorium. In July 2019, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry canceled the land transfer, appealing to the courts.
Munteanu, the MP, said that during talks between the presidents of the countries, Sandu “was promised aid from the Ukrainian state because the most important problems are in the Odessa region, where find most Moldovan sanatoriums ”.
“However,” he said, “the local mafia in this region is stronger than the central government in Kiev”. Munteanu said.