On 3 October, the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, visited Chișinău, the Republic of Moldova. She met with President Igor Dodon, Prime Minister Maia Sandu, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Nicu Popescu, and other Ministers from Sandu’s government.
Her visit presented an opportunity to take stock of the implementation of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement, and to discuss the ambitious reform plan announced by the Moldovan government. It followed just three days after the fifth annual meeting of the EU-Moldova Association Council on 30 September in Brussels.
Both in Chișinău and in Brussels, the High Representative underlined the EU’s support for Moldova’s reform path, confirming readiness to do even more in regards to tangible progress and continued delivery of reform commitments. So far the EU has already resumed budget support payments, signed several financing agreements, mobilised high-level expertise to the government, and plans to release the first tranche of macro-financial assistance over the coming weeks.
The discussions focused on reforms in the most crucial areas, in particular on the need for a comprehensive reform of the judiciary and prosecution service. In regards to energy reform, the EU looks forward to Moldova's completion of unbundling.
In light of the upcoming local and parliamentary by-elections on 20 October, Mogherini reiterated the need for transparent, inclusive and credible electoral processes.
At the end of the visit, President Dodon awarded EU High Representative Mogherini this year’s Order of Honour of the Republic of Moldova.
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