Following the change of government in June 2019, the Republic of Moldova has moved resolutely to implement key reforms addressing the deterioration of democratic standards and the rule of law, in order to allow citizens to fully benefit from the EU-Moldova Association Agreement.
This stems from the Association Implementation Report the EU published on 13 September. The report was drafted in the context of the revised European Neighbourhood Policy and drew attention to implementing commitments under the EU-Moldova Association Agreement over the past year.
The report will feed into the annual EU-Moldova Association Council which takes place in Brussels on 30 September 2019.
"The new Moldovan government has started an important reform plan to reinforce democracy and the rule of law in the country,” said EU High Representative Federica Mogherini.
“We expect the authorities to deliver on the commitments made and to implement the ambitious EU-Moldova Agreement, to the benefit of our citizens. As EU, we are ready to continue to accompany and support this work, because we value our friendship a lot.”
Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, added: "In July 2019 we already resumed budget support payments; we also signed with the Government financing agreements on sustainable local development and rule of law that will allow for the implementation of programmes bringing tangible results to the people of Moldova.”
The report was prepared by the European External Action Service and the European Commission services. It shows that while reforms in the economic and banking sector advanced in 2018, the fundamental structural reforms of the judicial system, the fight against corruption, the prosecution of the 2014 banking fraud and ensuring media plurality were lagging behind.
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