The Chisinau authorities hope that the negotiations on accession to the European Union will be officially launched during the Council on General Affairs of the European Union on March 18-19, 2024.
The statement was made by State Secretary Stela Leuke during a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration (MFAEI) with the participation of representatives of the diplomatic missions of the EU member states accredited in Moldova.
Leuke said that work is currently underway to “settle the arrears.”
“We continue our efforts to implement the remaining elements of the three recommendations – justice, prevention and fight against corruption and de-oligarchization. We hope that the progress achieved will allow the European Commission and the EU member states to give a positive assessment of our country at the EU General Affairs Council on 18-19 March 2024, paving the way for the official launch of accession negotiations by organizing an intergovernmental conference between Moldova and the EU,” Stella Leuke said.
Attending the event, Janis Mazeiks, head of the European Union Delegation to Moldova, emphasized the importance of ensuring that the reforms carried out by the Moldovan authorities will conform to European Union standards.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said this week that the institution would launch a project to internally reform the European Union and prepare it for a “Union of more than 30 member states.”