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European Union supports poverty reduction and economic growth in Moldova

Commission Européenne - IP/10/653   01/06/2010

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IP/10/653

Brussels, 1 June 2010

European Union supports poverty reduction and economic growth in Moldova

The European Commission adopted on 1 June 2010 the Annual Action Programme 2010 for the Republic of Moldova, worth a €66 million.

This new cooperation programme will support the anti-poverty agenda of the new Moldovan government seeking to stimulate economic growth throughout the country. A special focus of the programme is put on reducing poverty in rural areas. Moreover, the assistance programme will support developments in the fields of energy and biomass, in order to contribute to a more secure and sustainable energy production in the Republic of Moldova. This support aims to reduce Moldova's almost complete dependence on foreign primary energy sources.

Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, said: "Moldova faces formidable challenges that require decisive and determined action on reform. We stand by Moldova in these efforts. Today's decision proves that our support is real and substantial."

Background

This €66 million allocation is provided through the EU's European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI), which sets aside assistance funds annually to Moldova and 16 other partner states along the EU's Eastern and Southern borders. Moldova has received similar allocations in the previous years under the ENPI, supporting for example the water supply and sanitation infrastructure in the country. The allocations from the ENPI are the main source of EU assistance for the partner states along the eastern border of the EU and the Mediterranean. In addition to ENPI assistance funds, Moldova also receives further support from the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) and other thematic programmes.

Download the Annual Action Programme 2010 for Moldova:

http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/work/ap/aap/2010_en.htm

Additional information:

- On EU assistance to Moldova:

http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/where/neighbourhood/country-cooperation/moldova/moldova_en.htm

- On external relations EU-Moldova:

http://ec.europa.eu/external_relations/moldova/index_en.htm

- On the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP):

http://ec.europa.eu/world/enp/index_en.htm

- On the Eastern Partnership:

http://ec.europa.eu/external_relations/eastern/index_en.htm


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