The European Parliament has called for the start of accession negotiations between the Republic of Moldova and the EU. The community legislature voted on a resolution announcing its desire to begin talks by the end of 2023.
The resolution was adopted with 555 votes in favor, 49 against, and 26 abstentions, announced Romanian MEP Sigfried Mureșan. In his opinion, this demonstrates that our European integration enjoys the support of MEPs from all corners of the community and from all pro-European political groups.
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“Joining the European Union is something that the citizens of the Republic of Moldova want, and it is something that the authorities in Chisinau have worked very hard on over the past year, making significant progress towards the necessary reforms for European integration.
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The Russian Federation wants to prevent this from happening and is trying by all means to destabilize the situation in the country and to slow down the European course of the Republic of Moldova. That is why we, the European Parliament, in the adopted resolution, call on EU institutions to increase the financial and technical assistance given to the Republic of Moldova in the coming period, both for implementing the necessary reforms for European integration and adopting new measures to support the people, and for combating disinformation, manipulation, and other forms of hybrid aggression from the Russian Federation. Specifically, we call on the European Commission to disburse the remaining funds from the 150 million euro macro-financial assistance adopted in 2022 to Moldova as soon as possible, as well as the budgetary support of 105 million euros announced by the European Commission in November 2022.
At the same time, we expect the Commission to propose the new package of support measures for Moldova requested by the European Council last month as soon as possible. At the same time, we, the European Parliament, are in the process of approving a new macro-financial assistance of 145 million euro for Moldova, which the European Commission proposed at the end of November,” Muresan said.
MEPs also call for strengthening the EU Security Hub in Moldova, including by increasing financial allocations for it. They also call for the creation of a sanctions regime against those who seek to destabilize the Republic of Moldova.
Another demand of European parliamentarians is the total liberalization of trade between the European Union and Moldova and the gradual integration of our country into the single market.