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Moldova

2020 Stamp Programme

  1.   15 January 2020:  Mihai Eminescu 170th Birth Anniversary (postal card)
  2.   27 January 2020:  International Holocaust Remembrance Day
  3.   28 February 2020:  Ştefan Petrache Death (postal card)
  4.   05 March 2020:  National Orchestra of Folk Music ”Lăutarii” 50th Anniversary (prepaid envelope)
  5.   13 March 2020:  Liviu Damian 85th Birth Anniversary (prepaid envelope)
  6.   xx April 2020:  Holy Easter — Pictures from the National Museum of Fine Arts of Moldova [cancelled]
  7.   xx April 2020:  Adoption of the Coat of Arms and National Flag 30th Anniversary [postponed]
  8.   xx May 2020:  Discover Moldova — Manuc Bei Manor House and Zamfirache Ralli Manor House [postponed]
  9.   xx May 2020:  Personalities Who Changed World History [postponed]
  10.   08 May 2020:  Lucian Blaga 125th Birth Anniversary (prepaid envelope)
  11.   08 May 2020:  End of the Second World War 75th Anniversary (prepaid envelope)
  12.   xx June 2020:  Flora — Cactuses [postponed]
  13.   01 June 2020:  Justin Frățiman 150th Birth Anniversary (prepaid envelope)
  14.   05July 2020:  Ion Secrier 120th Birth Anniversary (prepaid envelope)
  15.   13 July 2020:  Accession of Moldova to the Council of Europe 25th Anniversary (prepaid envelope)
  16.   20 July 2020:  Vasile Brescanu 80th Birth Anniversary (prepaid envelope)
  17.   25 July 2020:  Constantin Reabtsov 100th Birth Anniversary (prepaid envelope)
  18.   xx July 2020:  Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 [postponed]
  19.   17 August 2020:  EUROPA — Ancient Postal Routes [postponed from March]
  20.   28 August 2020:  United Nations International Year of Plant Health [postponed from April]
  21.   28 August 2020:  The Church ”Holy Theodora of Sihla” from Chișinău 125th Anniversary (postal card)
  22.   xx August 2020:  The Biosphere Reservation — Lower Prut [cancelled]
  23.   xx August 2020:  Monasteries of Moldova — Capriana Monastery, 600 Years [cancelled]
  24.  14 September 2020:  Traditional Cuisine — Desserts [postponed from February]
  25.   21 September 2020:  Monasteries of Moldova — Varzareshti Monastery, 600 Years [postponed from February]
  26.   23 September 2020:  National Folk Songs Ensemble ”Fluieraș” 75th Anniversary (prepaid envelope)
  27.   27 September 2020:  World Tourism Day
  28.   29 September 2020:  Public Parks and Gardens [postponed from March]
  29.   xx September 2020:  Military Uniforms
  30.   xx October 2020:  Months of the Year in Folk Tradition
  31.   xx October 2020:  Joint Issue with Romania — Viticulture
  32.   xx October 2020:  Andrei Ciurunga (1920-2004), Poet, 100th Birth Anniversary [prepaid envelope]
  33.   xx October 2020:  United Nations 75th Anniversary
  34.   xx November 2020:  International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
  35.   xx December 2020:  Christmas

The following letter was posted to the website of the International Moldovan Philatelic Society in early August 2020:

PHILATELIC POLICIES OF Î.S. “POȘTA MOLDOVEI”

IMPS SERVICES ARE SUSPENDED IN PROTEST

Dear Members and Readers,

The national postal operator of the Republic of Moldova, Posta Moldovei, started a moratorium on the issuance of new postage stamps from the beginning of February 2020. On July 30 (six months later) and following the publication of a news article by Newsmaker.md (Russian) surrounding this topic, on that same day, Posta Moldovei announced the return to issuing postage stamps, starting at the beginning of August and accused the news article of containing “misinformation”. In their press release (Romanian) dated August 31, Posta Moldovei claims that the reason for this stoppage was the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in Moldova, the special regime regarding the COVID-19 pandemic came into effect on March 19, approximately 48 days after the original moratorium was imposed.

During this six month period, when we witnessed the apparent, de facto abandonment of the National Philatelic Plan for 2020, we also witnessed the departure of the entire staff from the Philatelic Editorial Section “TIMBROFIL”, either by dismissal or by resignation. Additionally, the long-term contract (since 2011) with the printing house “Nova Imprim”, was ended and a public tender process for the new contract was initiated. The results of this tender (Romanian) show that Posta Moldovei accepted the bid of “Tipografia Centrala” for a price of 2,000,000 Lei. The bid from “Nova Imprim” was 1,225,200.00 Lei. However, the Posta Moldovei press release still claims it made a saving of 800,000.

These are facts, not misinformation. I will not speculate as to the motives behind all of these decisions but the facts cannot be ignored and give me grave cause for concern. I cannot ignore such an apparent disregard of national cultural heritage. In all good conscience, it becomes impossible for me to continue my goal of promoting Moldovan Philately under the current circumstances.

In protest at these policies and in solidarity with the former employees, all IMPS services are suspended and will remain so until I have a full understanding of the realities of the situation.

With sincere regrets,

Niall Murphy
President, the International Moldovan Philatelic Society (IMPS)
São Paulo, Brazil, August 1, 2020
Press enquiries and messages of support may be sent to info@moldovastamps.org