Autonomous territorial unit

An autonomous territorial unit (ATU; Romanian: Unitate teritorială autonomă, UTA) is an administrative division of Moldova.

Originally, Gagauzia was the only such unit.[1]

In 2005, Moldovan law also recognized the Administrative-Territorial Units of the Left Bank of the Dniester.[2] The latter is under the de facto control of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR, commonly known as Transnistria), a self-proclaimed state operating outside the jurisdiction of the Moldovan government.


  1. ^ Central Intelligence Agency (2009). CIA World Factbook 2010. Skyhorse Publishing. p. 455. ISBN 978-1-60239-727-9.
  2. ^ Law № 173 from 22.07.2005 "About main notes about special legal status of settlements of left bank of Dnestr (Transnistria)" - Article 3: in Romanian; in Russian.

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