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European Commission

Press release

Brussels, 8 July 2013

Catherine Ashton travels to Moldova

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission Catherine Ashton travels to Moldova tomorrow.

In Chisinau she will meet with Prime Minister Iurie Leanca and Foreign Minister Natalia Gherman. The High Representative will also meet the President of Moldova, Nicolae Timofti, the Speaker of the Parliament, Igor Corman, and leaders of political parties and factions.

"Moldova has demonstrated its commitment to cooperation with the European Union and in Chisinau I will stress our reciprocal commitment to Moldova's political association and economic integration with the EU. I will also underscore the EU's support for the on-going political and economic reforms in Moldova, as well as in addressing challenges like stabilising the institutions of democracy, fighting corruption and moving towards the settlement of the Transnistria-conflict," said Catherine Ashton ahead of her visit.


The EU and Moldova have substantially completed negotiations on an EU-Moldova Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, which is expected to be initialled at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, in November 2013.

EU relations with Moldova:

15th meeting of the EU-Republic of Moldova Cooperation Council (25 June 2013):

Eastern Partnership:

Contacts :

Michael Mann (+32 2 299 97 80)

Maja Kocijancic (+32 2 298 65 70)

Sebastien Brabant (+32 2 298 64 33)

Eamonn Prendergast (+32 2 299 88 51)

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