The European Union will offer help to the Republic of Moldova if, from October 1st, Gazprom stops supplying natural gas to our country. These statements came today, September 30, from Johannes Hahn, the European Commissioner for Budget and Administration, who is making a working visit to Chisinau.
Johannes Hahn specified that this aspect was discussed at today’s meeting with the country’s president, Maia Sandu, stating that “the EU will look for solutions in the event that Russia cuts off gas for the Republic of Moldova, as it has offered support in the case of other problems”.
“If this is really going to happen, although we have seen that Russia is not honouring any of its bonds, it is not honoring its commitments. We will do everything in our power and that was one of the topics of the discussion to see how we can help Moldova in this situation to benefit from the necessary volume of gas at a reasonable price. I cannot tell you more at the moment, but this is definitely our goal to help Moldova, because we are aware of the budgetary and financial constraint in your country. It is conceivable that we will put further pressure on the budget, because there could be different developments. Our intention is to help the Republic of Moldova, to give all the security to the citizens and to offer them a clear European perspective. In this context we will provide support, identifying solutions for different problems, this being part of our understanding of what the European perspective means,” said the European official.
We specify that, on Saturday, October 1, the natural gas supply contract concluded between Moldovagaz and Gazprom expires. The Russian supplier has not reacted and has not yet given any answer to the authorities of the Republic of Moldova regarding the continuation of the supply of natural gas to our country. For these reasons, there is a risk of a complete stoppage of the supply of natural gas or a limitation of its volume.