Moldovan president, EU ambassadors address assistance, visa free regime, association agreement
Chisinau, 2 October /MOLDPRES/- President Nicolae Timofti today met Ambassadors of the European Union Council’s Political and Security Committee (PSC), on a visit to Chisinau, the presidential press services has reported.
Timofti welcomed the European officials’ presence in Moldova, stressing that this visit fits into a string of support actions on behalf of the European Union for Moldova’s European aspirations. „We have received numerous signals of support and encouragement on this period, when domestic and foreign political forces tried to limit the citizens’ right to a European, democratic and civilised life. Our European friends adopted concrete decisions, meant to consolidate Moldova’s political, economic and energy security. I would like to remind only about the European Commission’s intention to liberalise the access of our wine products to the EU market, for which we are extremely grateful,” Timofti said.
Timofti reconfirmed the Moldovan authorities’ decision to observe the commitments taken within the Eastern Partnership to initial the association agreement and the free trade accord with the EU at the Vilnius Summit.
„We hope that the association agreement may be signed in 2014, during the mandate of the current European Commission. We will also ensure a good enough level of implementation of the action plan on visa liberalisation, which will allow the European Commission recommending the member states to liberalise the visa regime with the European Union - a decision we hope will be taken in 2014,” Timofti said.
Timofti highlighted that Moldova further counted on the support of the EU and the USA, to settle the Transnistrian conflict for identifying a political solution and withdrawal of the Russian troops and ammunition from the region.
The envoys welcomed the Moldovan authorities’ reforms agenda. „The reformation of justice, fight against corruption and creation of a friendly investment climate represent key elements for the reforms’ success,” PCS President Walter Stevens said.
The European officials said that Moldova would further benefit from the EU’s backing, in order to adjust its policy to the EU standards.
The Political and Security Committee of the EU Council is an important link of European Union’s home decision-taking process in the field of EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy. The PSC’s key duties comprise the monitoring of the evolutions of the international situation and preparing a strategic approach of the Union in the international context, including in crisis or conflict-stricken situations. All the decisions on the EU’s contribution or involvement in the Transnistrian settlement are discussed and approved within the PSC meetings, before they are passed by the EU Council of Ministers.