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Brussels, 15 May 2014
Joint statement following the meeting between the European Commission and the Government of the Republic of Moldova
Members of European Commission and of the Government of the Republic of Moldova, headed respectively by President Barroso and Prime Minister Leanca, met today in Brussels. They discussed the state of play with EU-Moldovan relations, the Republic of Moldova's domestic and security situation, energy relations and the wider regional situation.
Today´s unprecedented meeting stands out as a symbol for the excellent and comprehensive quality of EU-Moldovan relations, which have grown constantly closer in the last years. The EU and the Republic of Moldova reaffirmed their determined commitment to opening up a new chapter of their bilateral relations by swiftly signing the Association Agreement including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area. The Republic of Moldova underlined that the Association Agreement was not the final goal in their mutual cooperation. Both sides welcomed the recent lifting of the visa requirement for Moldovan citizens in the Schengen area which marked an important and tangible step of bringing the EU and Moldova and in particular their citizens closer to each other.
The European Commission acknowledged that the Republic of Moldova as a European country shared a common history and common values with the EU. It stated that the Republic of Moldova's efforts to implement these values make it an important partner for the EU to improve stability and economic prosperity in the region. The European Commission reaffirmed the EU´s strong support for the Republic of Moldova´s democratic choice to move closer to the European Union and acknowledged the European aspirations of the Republic of Moldova.
At the meeting, the European Commission took note of the remarkable progress in the reform agenda the Republic of Moldova has been making over the past few years. The Republic of Moldova and the EU agreed to continue the implementation of further essential reforms, in particular to prevent and fight corruption, including high-level one, reform the justice sector and improve the business and investment climate.
The European Commission reiterated its support for the Republic of Moldova´s sovereignty and territorial integrity inside its internationally recognized borders. The EU and the Republic of Moldova stressed the importance to advance negotiations in the 5+2-format towards a solution of the Transnistrian conflict that respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova with a special status for Transnistria.
Both sides noted the importance of close cooperation on energy security in the framework of both the Eastern Partnership and the Energy Community. They welcomed the good cooperation between the Republic of Moldova and Romania concerning the implementation of common energy projects and underlined that these were important to make energy supplies more secure and to extend the advantages of the internal market. The Republic of Moldova thanked the EU for the considerable technical and financial support of its energy sector.
The EU and the Republic of Moldova took note that the citizens of the Republic of Moldova have benefitted from the enhanced transport connections between the EU and their country under the Aviation Agreement signed in 2012. Further to being a trade and tourism facilitator, the Agreement had also brought additional safety to the Moldovan aviation and increased the number of passengers travelling to the EU by air. Moldova continues to benefit from the technical assistance provided by the EU to implement the EU aviation legislation.
At the meeting, the Republic of Moldova and the European Commission signed a EUR 25 million financing agreement to support the modernisation of the Republic of Moldova's vocational and education training system. The EU and the Republic of Moldova welcomed that only recently an additional package of assistance worth EUR 30 million had been adopted under the more-for-more principle to assist in preparing for the future Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, thereby complementing the considerable EU technical assistance to the Republic of Moldova (over 100 million EUR in 2014).
The sides agreed to maintain close interaction and effective coordination with a view of further deepening the Republic of Moldova's political association and economic integration with the EU.