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Parliamentary questions
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7 November 2018
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004563/2018

Following the non-transparent decision to invalidate the mayoral elections in Chisinau, the EU clearly expressed its concerns and expectations through a joint statement issued by High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini and Commissioner Hahn as well as through High Representative's speech during the Parliamentary debate on Moldova on 5 July 2018.

The EU called on the Moldovan authorities to take appropriate measures to ensure that the results of the Chisinau elections, as recognised also by national and international observers and reflecting the will of the voters, were respected.

The decisions taken by the Courts and by the Central Electoral Commission deprive the people of Chisinau of their democratically-elected mayor, Mr Andrei Nastase, who gained a clear majority in the 3 June 2018 elections, and undermine first and foremost the trust of the Moldovan people in the state institutions. It is to be noted that none of the participants in the electoral process asked for the annulation of the elections.

Credible, inclusive and transparent elections at all levels as well as an independent judiciary, free from any political pressure, ruling in a transparent manner, are pillars of any democracy. Respect for democratic values and the rule of law are at the heart of the European Union's relations with the Republic of Moldova, as the Association Agreement signed in June 2014 provides.

The objective of the EU’s policy and assistance towards the Republic of Moldova remains that of bringing tangible improvements in the lives of its citizens.

Last updated: 8 November 2018Legal notice