Maia Sandu wants to speed up the implementation of the Action Plan for the EU accession

The President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, convened the National Commission for European Integration (CNIE) on Wednesday, January 11. The members of the Commission evaluated the implementation of the Action Plan for the fulfillment of the nine recommendations made by the European Commission when granting the status of a candidate country to the Republic of Moldova. At the same time, by a decree of the President, new members of the Commission were appointed – ministers, parliamentarians, representatives of legal bodies, and civil society.

The committee members were informed that, of the 35 actions that were to be implemented by the end of 2022, 16 are being implemented and nine are at the final stage. Among the actions carried out is the adoption by the Parliament of the new Electoral Code, which entered into force on January 1st. Likewise, the Government adopted the Regulation on low-value public procurement.

Among the actions that are in the finalization phase are: the extraordinary evaluation of the candidates for the Superior Council of Magistrates and the Superior Council of Prosecutors (pre-vetting); clarifying the powers of the Anti-corruption Prosecutor’s Office and the National Anti-corruption Center in terms of combating grand corruption.

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There is also the promotion of a package of normative acts to eliminate the influence of oligarchs from the political, economic, and media spheres – this is one of the recommendations of the European Commission from June 2022.

President Maia Sandu mentioned that the remaining measures must be completed by the end of March and emphasized that it is necessary for all responsible institutions to accelerate efforts to implement the Action Plan.

“European integration is our country’s project which, once achieved, will ensure peace, economic modernization of the country and increase the standard of living of the people. It is a project to which we can and must all contribute,” said the head of state.

Also, the members of the Commission agreed on the elaboration of a Plan for adjusting the national legislation to the acquis communautaire.

We remind you that, in June 2022, the Republic of Moldova received the status of a candidate country for the European Union. The decision belonged to the EU heads of state and government within the European Council.

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