Empowering Education: Moldova-EU Association Agreement Gains Momentum

The Parliament conducted a hearing on the implementation of the Association Agreement between the Republic of Moldova and the European Union. The session was organized by the Foreign Policy and European Integration Committee, in collaboration with the Committee on Culture, Education, Research, Youth, Sports, and Media.

The information was presented by the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Education and Research, Adriana Cazacu, who discussed the level of compliance with the obligations resulting from the EU Agreement, the institution’s action plans, and priorities for the upcoming period.

Representatives of the Ministry of Education and Research reported on the development and approval of policy documents. The presentation also included details about the reforms implemented based on these acts, focusing on general, vocational-technical, and higher education. Secretary of State Adriana Cazacu further addressed the quality assurance and transparency of national qualifications in synergy with the principles and values of the European education area.

Furthermore, the planned actions derived from the Association Agenda with the European Union and the opinion of the European Commission were presented. Among them are the optimization of expenses and investments in the education sector, promotion of dual vocational training programs in secondary vocational-technical education, and the development of digital literacy programs.

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It is worth noting that the Foreign Policy and European Integration Committee had previously initiated a series of public hearings on the implementation of the Moldova-EU Association Agreement. Additionally, on March 4, 2022, the Republic of Moldova officially submitted its application for EU membership. Subsequently, the European Council recognized Moldova’s European perspective and granted it the status of a candidate country for EU accession. In this context, the European Commission has been invited to submit a report to the European Council regarding the fulfillment of the conditions outlined in its opinion dated June 17, 2022, as part of the periodic enlargement package. The European Council will decide on the next steps once all the conditions have been met.

The hearing at the Parliament reflects the ongoing commitment of Moldova to the implementation of the Association Agreement and its aspirations for European integration. By addressing the challenges and priorities outlined during the session, Moldova aims to strengthen its alignment with EU standards and further enhance its candidacy for EU membership.

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