The European Commission stated that Moldova has made progress in introducing key reforms thanks to the new government’s actions
After the change of government in June 2019, Moldova made decisive progress in implementing key reforms aimed at correcting the situation in the country, arisen following the deterioration of democratic standards and the rule of law, so that citizens could take full advantage of the Association Agreement between Moldova and the EU. This is stated in the Report on the past year issued by the European Commission on the fulfillment of obligations under the EU-Moldova Association Agreement. The report will be presented at a meeting of the EU-Moldova Association Council, which will be held in Brussels on September 30, 2019. “The new government of Moldova has launched an important reform plan aimed at strengthening democracy and the rule of law in the country. We expect that the authorities will fulfill their commitments and implement the ambitious EU-Moldova Agreement for the benefit of citizens. We are ready to continue supporting this work, because the EU greatly appreciates our friendship,” said EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini. In turn, the European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, recalled that in July 2019, the European Union resumed payments on budget support, and also signed financing agreements with the government for sustainable local development and strengthening the rule of law. The report prepared by the European External Action Service and the European Commission services shows that although reforms in the economic and banking sectors of Moldova advanced in 2018, fundamental structural reforms in the judicial system, the fight against corruption, the investigation of the 2014 banking fraud case and the provision of media pluralism lagged behind. Following the non-transparent cancellation of the Chisinau mayor’s election in June 2018, the European Union and other international entities have noted deterioration in the rule of law and democracy, which are key values and principles underlying the ambitious EU-Moldova Association Agreement. In light of these events, the EU decided in 2018 to suspend payments on budget support and macro-financial assistance, as well as review and reduce further financial support. The new Moldovan government, which came to power in June 2019, committed itself to the active and consistent implementation of the Association Agreement, which includes a comprehensive and in-depth free trade zone, in full accordance with its basic principles. The government has adopted a number of programs focused on the most urgent reforms and has taken significant steps, in particular in the areas of elections, the fight against corruption and the de-politicization of state institutions. In response, the European Commission renewed its budget support assistance and signed three major financing agreements for Moldova for a total of about 55 million euros. // 13.09.2019 - InfoMarket.