A new report published by the EU has praised the progress of social and legislative reform in Moldova since the establishment of its new government in June.
The Association Implementation Report, compiled by representatives of the European Commission and the European External Action Service, analyses the implementation over the last year of commitments on reform in Moldova made under the Association Agreement between the Republic of Moldova and the EU. It recognises the adoption by the new government of the Republic of Moldova of an array of strategies and policies aimed at combating institutionalised corruption and shoring up the rule of law.
European Commission Vice President and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said: “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.”
Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, said: “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 Association Implementation Report’s findings on reform in Moldova will inform the annual meeting of the EU-Moldova Association Council, set to take place in Brussels on 30 September.