Statement on the decision of the European Council of 23 June 2022 on granting EU candidate status to Moldova

Statement by the Chair of the European Parliament Delegation to the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee, MEP Siegfried MUREŞAN,

on the decision of the European Council of 23 June 2022 on the EU membership application of Moldova

Brussels, 23 June 2022 - "The European Council decision to grant EU candidate status to the Republic of Moldova is a victory for the citizens of Moldova and a victory for the strong political leadership we are witnessing now in Chisinau.

The Commission acknowledged last week that the country has recently embarked on a strong reform agenda and has established a solid basis to further alignment with the EU acquis.

Indeed the Republic of Moldova is led today by the most reformist, pro-European government in the last 30 years. President Maia Sandu, the Government of Moldova and the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova are united in the implementation of the necessary reforms to bring Moldova closer to the European Union.

In addition, by welcoming over half a million refugees on its territory and offering them shelter, food and healthcare, the Republic of Moldova has proven, beyond any doubt, that it acts in European spirit. The citizens of Moldova have proven their merit for a European perspective.

We can only live in safety and security within the borders of the European Union if our immediate neighbouring countries are safe and stable. This is why providing a European perspective to the people of Moldova is also in the fundamental interest of all citizens of the European Union."