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Joint statement of 16 November 2020 on President-elect Maia Sandu

Following the victory of Maia Sandu in the second round of the presidential elections in the Republic of Moldova, the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, David McAllister MEP and the Head of EU-Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee, Siegfried Muresan MEP said:
"We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Maia Sandu, the President-elect of the Republic of Moldova, with a resounding victory in the presidential elections this past Sunday. It is a victory for the Moldovan democracy. This a new beginning in the EU-Moldova relations.[...]

11 June 2020: Joint Statement, EU-Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee Bureau

The EU-Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee held an informal bureau meeting on 10 June with the aim to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on the Republic of Moldova, the EU's aid and macrofinancial support and the political developments in the country.
The meeting was co-chaired by the co-Presidents of the Parliamentary Association Committee EU-Moldova, Siegfried Muresan MEP, the European Parliament's Chair of the Delegation on relations with the Republic of Moldova and Monica Babuc MP, Chairwoman of Moldova's Delegation.

Following the exchange between the two delegations, the two delegations made a joint statement:
"The Covid-19 pandemic has hit hard many countries and has caught them unprepared, including the Republic of Moldova. The virus had a tragic effect on many Moldovan families and has seriously affected the economy, destroyed many jobs, and resulted in negative trade. It has also caught off guard an underdeveloped and understaffed healthcare sector.

"To this extent, the EU's aid and macrofinancial assistance came as a great support to the Moldovans in difficult times. The EU has shown once again that it remains a real partner ready to help the Moldovans in times of crisis. The Republic of Moldova also remains greatly thankful to individual EU states who provided support, such as Romania.

"At the same time, the high number of daily increases of coronavirus cases in Moldova continue to be of great concern to the European Parliament's delegation, especially following the government's decision to ease the lockdown measures. In order to avoid further lockdowns, it is necessary to invest in healthcare and increase the capacities of the hospitals. The Co-Chair Muresan has encouraged the Moldovan side to ask for and seek additional support from the EU or its member states to help and equip the healthcare sector to fight the virus as soon as possible. The EU is ready to provide financial support to Moldova based on previously agreed conditionalities and is keen to see the government adopting as soon as possible the necessary measures, such as the NGO law or CSM reform, in order to receive the second tranche of the EU assistance. In this respect, a transparent cooperation with the opposition and clear communication to the citizens will help in the process of fulfilling the EU conditions.

"In the meantime, both delegations have stated their willingness and openness to continue a close EU-Moldova dialogue within the Parliamentary Association Committee and serve in the best way possible the Moldovan citizens."

The following participants took part during the meeting:

European Parliament D-MD Bureau:
  • Mr Siegfried MURESAN, Chair of the European Parliament Delegation to the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee
  • Ms Tatjana ZDANOKA, Vice-Chair of the European Parliament Delegation to the EU- Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee
  • Ms Ramona STRUGARIU, Vice-Chair of the European Parliament Delegation to the EU- Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee
  • Mr Dragos TUDORACHE, European Parliament AFET Committee Rapporteur on Moldova

Republic of Moldovan's Delegation Bureau:
  • Ms Monica BABUC, Chair of the Delegation of the Republic of Moldova to the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee
  • Mr Igor MUNTEANU, Vice-Chair of the Delegation of the Republic of Moldova to the EU- Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee
  • Mr Corneliu FURCULIȚĂ, Vice-Chair of the Delegation of the Republic of Moldova to the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee
  • Mr Igor VREMEA, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Policy and European Integration in the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova

Statement and Recommendations 7th EU-Moldova PAC, 18-19 December 2019, Strasbourg

The seventh meeting of the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee (PAC) co-chaired by Siegfried Mureșan, on behalf of the European Parliament, and Mihail Popșoi, on behalf of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova (hereinafter 'Moldova'), was held in Strasbourg on 18-19 December 2019.

The Parliamentary Association Committee, having considered the state of play of EU-Moldova relations and of implementation of the Association Agreement, agreed on the following final statement and recommendations.