The President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, welcomes the decision of the European Commission to recommend to the EU Member States to grant Moldova the status of a candidate country for accession to the European Union. “It is an important moment for the future of the Republic of Moldova and it is the hope that our citizens need. The process will be a complex one, but we are determined to follow this path “, reacted Maia Sandu, after Ursula von der Leyen’s announcement.
“I welcome the opinion of the European Commission, which recommends that EU Member States grant Moldova the status of a candidate country for accession to the European Union. The recommendation is based on the understanding that our country will make further efforts in key areas such as justice reform, the fight against corruption, public administration and human rights. These are exactly the areas in which we are committed to making changes in front of the citizens and we will respect our commitment. The Commission will monitor the progress made in these areas until the end of 2022 “, Maia Sandu wrote on Facebook on Friday.
She claims that this recommendation comes three and a half months after Moldova applied for EU membership and strengthens Moldova’s European aspirations.
“It is also a huge step, compared to the point where our country was in contact with the EU a year or three years ago. The Commission’s view, which is an institutional assessment of our country’s overall and sector-specific readiness for EU membership, is also the main point of reference for next week’s European Council discussion. We are counting on the fact that, at the European Council meeting on 23-24 June, the EU Member States will support the European Commission’s recommendation and grant our country candidate status.
It is an important moment for the future of the Republic of Moldova and it is the hope that our citizens need. We know that this process will be a complex one, but we are determined to follow this path, whose objective is to anchor our country in the European value space, on the path of progress and well-being “, added the President of the Republic of Moldova.
At the same time, in a short message posted on Twitter, Maia Sandu thanks the European Commission for its support and gives assurances that her country will work hard to move forward with the reforms it has begun.
The European Commission has recommended that Moldova receive EU candidate status, provided that it carries out “major reforms”, European Executive President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday.
“As long as the country’s leaders keep up the pace” of economic reform and the fight against corruption, “we believe the country has the potential to live up to the demands” of a candidacy, she told a news conference.
This opinion will be discussed at the EU summit on June 23-24, and the leaders of the 27 member states will have to give the green light unanimously.
Editor: Ioana Coman
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