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The European Union is ready to strengthen political association and economic integration with Moldova, working in close partnership on the basis of the ambitious Moldova-EU Association Agreement - Josep Borrell.

The European Union is ready to strengthen political association and economic integration with Moldova, working in close partnership on the basis of the ambitious Moldova-EU Association Agreement - Josep Borrell.

This was stated by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell during a meeting in Brussels with Moldovan President Maia Sandu. He welcomed the fact that the President of Moldova, during his mandate, will pay close attention to reform, strengthening the rule of law and fighting corruption, and assured her of the full support of the EU in this endeavor, which is key to ensuring tangible life benefits for the Moldovan people. The interlocutors also discussed internal events and the need for decisive and effective steps to restore the confidence of Moldovan citizens in state institutions, build a strong and independent judicial system, and ensure the stability of the financial and banking sectors. With regard to the problems associated with the coronavirus pandemic, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the Deputy President of the European Commission recalled the strong solidarity of the EU with Moldova. In addition to the 108 million euros allocated for the supply of protective equipment, strengthening the health system and supporting socio-economic recovery, Moldova has already received emergency macro-financial assistance from the EU of 50 million euros. Josep Borrell highlighted the EU's commitment to making vaccines against the coronavirus pandemic available to everyone, including the EU's immediate neighbors. In addition, he said, the Moldovan authorities can use the additional EU assistance, in particular through the World Health Organization, to properly prepare for the coronavirus vaccination campaign. The parties also discussed the situation in the Transnistrian region. Josep Borrell underlined the EU's commitment to a 5 + 2 settlement and reaffirmed its continued support for Moldova's sovereignty and territorial integrity within internationally recognized borders, in line with the OSCE Ministerial Council statement in December 2020.// 18.01.2021 — InfoMarket.

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