The institution of the national referendum in the Republic of Moldova
This paper addresses the problem of the role of a nationwide referendum in Moldova. Considered both from the practical application of this institution, as well as from the existing legal solutions. The system of Moldova adopted a wide range of opportunities for the use of the referendum (constitutional, legislative, consultative). Among the entities authorized to initiate a referendum are also citizens. Legal solutions adopted in Moldova deserve a positive assessment, although you can also fi nd some weaknesses of regulatory framework. Unfortunately, the practice of this institution is quite modest. It shows that the referendum has not so far been a major instrument for the settlement of public affairs.