The design of the social assistance benefit in Moldova: Improving targeting and supporting employment

The Peer Review Moldova Report on “Social Assistance Benefit - The design of the social assistance benefit in Moldova: Improving targeting and supporting employment” was drafted based on the host country information provided and discussions held during the Peer Review which took place 6-7 September 2022 (online). Inputs contributing to this report comprised a keynote by Oleg Barcari, Head of Department of Social Assistance, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Republic of Moldova, a presentation by Alina Dascov, Head of Department at the Social Inspectorate of the Republic of Moldova, by Veronica Sandu, independent social protection expert, by Felix Wohlgemuth, European Centre, and by Andrea Otter and Denise Schleser, Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection. This report summarises insights gained during the peer review and aims at further sharing these with a wider audience. It is structured as follows: as part of the introduction the next subchapters provide a brief country background, a description of the Moldovan means-tested social assistance system as well as an overview of social assistance benefit systems in the Western Balkan countries. Chapter 2 highlights the issues discussed during the peer review and chapter 3 outlines the key messages of the event. Finally, chapter 4 presents conclusions.