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Parliamentary questions
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14 November 2017
Question for written answer E-007017-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Jacek Saryusz-Wolski (NI)

 Subject:  The rule of law and protection of the rights of EU citizens in Moldova
 Answer in writing 

The Moldova-based wheat grower Laguardia, which is owned by Polish citizen Zbigniew Grot, has had its ground lease agreements terminated. The resulting losses come to an estimated USD 18 million. Judgments by the Moldovan ordinary courts and the Supreme Court have confirmed that the land dispossession was unlawful. In spite of this, however, Zbigniew Grot still has to defend his rights before an arbitration panel at the World Bank.

In connection with this example, and having regard to the Parliament resolution drawing attention to corruption in Moldova, macro-financial assistance to Moldova, the association agreement and comprehensive free trade area with the EU and the Council’s draft decision to conclude an association agreement with Moldova:

1. What protections are in place for EU citizens carrying out an economic activity in Moldova, and is the Commission planning to introduce further mechanisms to protect their interests?
2. How willing is Moldova to implement the association agreement in the case of situations such as the Laguardia example?
3. How is the Commission planning to respond to violations of the rights of EU citizens in the light of the association agreement?

Original language of question: PL 
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