Moldova Partnership Forum: extracts from the opening by Vladimir Filat, Moldovan Prime Minister, Hugues Mingarelli, Deputy Director-General of the DG External Relations of the EC, and Martin Raiser, World Bank Country Director for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 24/03/2010 First transmission: 24/03/2010
The Moldova Partnership Forum took place on 24 March 2010, in Brussels. This consultative Group Meeting, co-hosted by the the World Bank and the European Commission, was attended by Vladimir Filat, Moldovan Prime Minister, and high-level Members of the Moldovan Government. The purpose of the conference was to reach a common understanding of the challenges facing Moldova in light of the economic crisis and the Government’s strategy for addressing them. It also aimed at ensuring coordination and mobilization of external assistance to support Moldova in overcoming the severe effects of the current crisis. EU is developing an increasingly close relationship with Moldova, going beyond co-operation, to gradual economic integration and a deepening of political co-operation. Hugues Mingarelli, Deputy Director-General RELEX from the European Commission said:'I am pleased to tell you that tomorrow we will have a new session of negotiations of the association agreement that the EU is determined to conclude with Moldavia in the near future'. On visa issue, he added: 'Just a few days ago, Commission services visited Moldavia to put in place preconditions to launch in the new few weeks, a visa dialogue. We know that it is very important for your country because one of your main frustration with the EU, and I think you are right, is that there is not enough mobility of the people between your country and the EU. '
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||Arrival of Vladimir Filat, Moldovan Prime Minister, and Hugues Mingarelli, Deputy Director-General RELEX of the EC.
||SOUNDBITE (in ROMANIAN) by Vladimir Filat, saying that in the relation between Moldava and the international community, there is a new wave, a time of change. Moldova deserves a new perception. It is a country that has opened itself to dialogue and the respect of democratic values. That is why he believes the participation of Moldava government to this consultative group meeting shows that they have a desire to improve relation and to bring stability, predictability and trust at the Easter border of the EU.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Hugues Mingarelli: As an example of your government willingness to come closer to the EU, I am pleased to tell you that tomorrow we will have a new session of negotiations of the association agreement that the EU is determined to conclude with Moldava in the near future. This will be the second sessions of negotiations of this association agreement. In addition to that, I want to tell you that last week in Vienna Moldava signed a protocol under which it will join the European Energy Community which says a lot, once again, about your willingness to joint the EU and to integrate progressively the internal market of the EU in various sectors, starting with the energy one.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Hugues Mingarelli: Just a few days ago, Commission services visited Moldavia to put in place preconditions to launch in the next few weeks, a visa dialogue. We know that it is very important for your country because one of your main frustration with the EU, and I think you are right, is that there is not enough mobility of people between your country and the EU. But obviously, this is a very sensitive issue for our member States and we have to make sure that we progressively together put in place the necessary conditions, so that we can move slowly but surely towards a visa free regime.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) Martin Raiser, Country Director for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova: Moldava also stands up for the great partnership we have established among the donor community. The signing of the partnership principles by all donors, last week, is clear evidence for this. We are also in the World Bank particularly grateful for the government toward to remind us how important donor coordination is to them. And we are pleased to have around this table today, representative of non traditional donors, including the Russian federation and I see here, also from Ukraine. This is important, not only fro the financial resources that the non traditional donor can bring, but also for the development and experiences that they can share.
||General view of the conference room