In a new report, the European Commission has said that since a change of government in June, Moldova has moved resolutely with the implementation of key reforms to address the deterioration of democratic standards and the rule of law, in order to allow citizens to fully benefit from the EU-Moldova Association Agreement.
“The new Moldovan government has started an important reform plan to reinforce democracy and the rule of law in the country. We expect the authorities to deliver on the commitments made and to implement the ambitious EU-Moldova Agreement, to the benefit of our citizens. As EU, we are ready to continue to accompany and support this work, because we value our friendship a lot,” said Federica Mogherini, European Union high representative for foreign affairs and security policy and vice-president of the European Commission.
Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn added: “In July 2019 we already resumed budget support payments; we also signed with the government financing agreements on sustainable local development and rule of law that will allow for the implementation of programmes bringing tangible results to the people of Moldova. We are ready to further step up our financial support and advice in response to the government’s robust reform agenda. All these are clear signs of our appreciation of the steps already taken and an encouragement to the authorities to continue on their ambitious reform path.”
The Moldovan government that came to power in June is committed to a strengthened and consistent implementation of the Association Agreement with its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area in full respect of its core principles. The government – led by Maia Sandu, pictured above – has adopted a number of programmes focused on the most urgent reforms and has taken significant steps, in particular on the electoral framework, in the fight against corruption and in the de-politicisation of state institutions. In response, the European Commission has resumed budget support assistance and signed three crucial financing agreements, altogether worth close to 55 million euros.