EU — Republic of Moldova Cooperation Council

At the EU-Repub­lic of Moldo­va Coop­er­a­tion Coun­cil today, the Coop­er­a­tion Coun­cil wel­comed the pos­i­tive dynam­ics of EU-Repub­lic of Moldo­va rela­tions and the devel­op­ments achieved over the last six months. The Coop­er­a­tion Coun­cil recalled in par­tic­u­lar the pos­i­tive impe­tus pro­vid­ed by the EU-Repub­lic of Moldo­va Coop­er­a­tion Coun­cil of 21 Decem­ber 2009 and empha­sised the oppor­tu­ni­ties pro­vid­ed by the East­ern Part­ner­ship, includ­ing its mul­ti­lat­er­al dimen­sion.

The Coop­er­a­tion Coun­cil expressed appre­ci­a­tion for the con­sis­tent process of con­sul­ta­tions on con­sti­tu­tion­al reform and recalled the impor­tance of respect­ing demo­c­ra­t­ic stan­dards and the rule of law, and of inclu­sive­ness, in com­plet­ing this process.

The EU wel­comed Repub­lic of Moldova’s Euro­pean aspi­ra­tions and deter­mined com­mit­ment to the goals of polit­i­cal asso­ci­a­tion and eco­nom­ic inte­gra­tion with the EU. The EU reit­er­at­ed its wish to move for­ward with con­crete mea­sures to ensure that reforms in Repub­lic of Moldo­va can be sus­tained, with a par­tic­u­lar focus on nego­ti­a­tions of the future Asso­ci­a­tion Agree­ment, progress towards eco­nom­ic inte­gra­tion and visa dia­logue which was launched in the mar­gins of the Coop­er­a­tion Coun­cil.

The EU re-affirmed its readi­ness to sup­port Repub­lic of Moldo­va, includ­ing with macro­fi­nan­cial assis­tance and high-lev­el advice to the gov­ern­ment. It stressed the need for Repub­lic of Moldo­va to step up efforts to imple­ment effec­tive­ly struc­tur­al reform — notably with regard to the rule of law, the fight against cor­rup­tion, and the busi­ness and invest­ment cli­mate.

The Coop­er­a­tion Coun­cil expressed sat­is­fac­tion at the good progress made in nego­ti­a­tions on the future EU-Repub­lic of Moldo­va Asso­ci­a­tion Agree­ment. It also stressed the val­ue of deep­en­ing sec­toral coop­er­a­tion, includ­ing in the fields of Jus­tice, Free­dom and Secu­ri­ty; trans­port; ener­gy; health; and region­al devel­op­ment. The EU under­lined the need to strength­en the insti­tu­tions in charge of enforc­ing reforms, and the impor­tance of involv­ing civ­il soci­ety in con­duct­ing reforms.

The EU stressed its increased engage­ment in the Transnis­tria set­tle­ment efforts, includ­ing through con­tin­ued EUBAM sup­port and con­fi­dence-build­ing mea­sures. It recalled its efforts in sup­port of the resump­tion of for­mal “5+2” set­tle­ment talks. It also wel­comed Repub­lic of Moldova’s inter­est in par­tic­i­pat­ing in CSDP oper­a­tions. The EU was rep­re­sent­ed by Mr Diego López Gar­ri­do, State Sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of For­eign Affairs of Spain and Mr Šte­fan Füle, Com­mis­sion­er for Enlarge­ment and Euro­pean Neigh­bour­hood Pol­i­cy. Prime Min­is­ter Vlad Filat led the del­e­ga­tion of the Repub­lic of Moldo­va.

Coun­cil of the Euro­pean Union