What do the experts say about the opening of accession negotiations? Is there a more complicated stage ahead for Moldova?

The opening of accession negotiations with the European Union for the Republic of Moldova marks the transition from the stage of diplomatic efforts to one where the course of events depends almost exclusively on how the country will be rebuilt and reformed. This opinion was expressed by former Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration, Alexandru Flenchea, during the edition of Thursday, December 14, on the TV8 show “Cutia Neagră.” Flenchea emphasizes that more than mere reforms are needed.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us. We will have to do more than just check off simple actions. We will need to negotiate how our country will be reformed to meet the accession criteria,” pointed out Alexandru Flenchea.

Iulian Groza, the executive director of IPRE, also believes that with the opening of accession negotiations, a more complicated stage begins for the Republic of Moldova. The speed at which we manage to implement the remaining EU conditions will be decisive.


“This will matter a lot when a decision is made by a European country,” said Groza.

On Thursday, December 14, the European Council decided to open accession negotiations for the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. The European Council also decided to grant candidate status to Georgia and to open negotiations with Bosnia and Herzegovina “once the necessary degree of compliance with accession criteria is reached and invited the commission to report by March for such a decision.”

Furthermore, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nicu Popescu, stated that Moldova begins accession negotiations with the EU on Friday morning, December 15. According to Nicu Popescu, discussions with the European Commission will also start tomorrow to prepare an ambitious schedule that will lead our country into the European Union. The minister emphasizes that the road will be long, and Moldova has a lot of work to do to join the EU.

The President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, mentioned that the decision represents a new page in the history of our country and that success is attributed to the entire society.

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