Moldova and the Swiss Confederation have signed a joint declaration, laying the foundations for a future agreement on social protection that will guarantee the rights of workers in both countries. Bilateral cooperation in the fields of labor and tourism was formalized. The document was signed by the President of the Swiss Confederation, Alain Berset, and the President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, who conducted an official visit to Switzerland, as reported by IPN.
The head of state stated that Switzerland continues to support Moldova through its development programs. In a sign of solidarity with Moldova, affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Switzerland has increased its support for the years 2022 and 2023. On Tuesday, October 17, within the Support Platform for Moldova, Switzerland announced new non-reimbursable funding of 25 million Swiss francs for the year 2024.
During a joint press conference with President Alain Berset, the President of Moldova mentioned the support of Swiss partners in the fight against corruption. “The sanctions imposed by the Swiss government against those who threaten our stability send a strong message: Moldova is not alone, integrity and good governance are values we share with the rest of the democratic world, and we will protect them together,” stated Maia Sandu.
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The head of state also had a discussion with Gretta Fenner, the Director-General of the International Center for Asset Recovery, affiliated with the Basel Institute on Governance. They discussed ways to collaborate on judicial reform, asset recovery, and the development of professional expertise in the field.
The agenda also included a dialogue with students from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. The President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, and Viorel Bostan, the Rector of the Technical University of Moldova, discussed opportunities for cooperation between the two institutions.
President Maia Sandu of the Republic of Moldova was in the Swiss Confederation from October 18-19, at the invitation of President Alain Berset.