José Manuel BARROSO, President of the EC, and Štefan FÜLE, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, visit Moldova
Première transmission: 30/11/2012
Fin de production: 30/11/2012
Meeting with Vlad Filat, Prime Minister of Moldova
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|| General view: State House (Chisinau, Moldova)
||General view: Jose Manuel Barroso and Moldova’s Prime minister Vlad Filat shaking hands
||EU Delegation to Moldova with Štefan FÜLE, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy
||José Manuel Barroso and Head of the European Union Delegation in Moldova Dirk Schubel
||Moldova’s prime minister Vlad Filat, Moldova’s Foreign Minister Iurie Leanca, Moldova’s Minister of Justice Oleg Efrim
||Members of Moldova’s government
||Cutaway: EU and Moldova flags
||José Manuel Barroso and Vlad Filat Moldova entering the press-room
||Medium view José Manuel Barroso and Vlad Filat
||General view Honor guard greeting
||SOUNDBITE (English) José Manuel Barroso:
Dear prime minister, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to start by thanking Prime minister Filat for his kind offer. I am particularly happy to visit Moldova and that EU-Moldova relations are becoming stronger and stronger and because of the opportunity to personally witness the real changes that are taking place at your country.
Let me also thank you for the kind words and also for your reference to the positive role of EU in transformation of your country. And if your goal for this visit was to acknowledge that Moldova is a European country, then your goal is fulfilled. I see Moldova as a European country, I see Moldovans as Europeans, I see Moldova as a part of our family, of European nations.
My visit here is a sign of my personal commitment and of European Union to Moldova’s reform process, to our bilateral ties.
Indeed, we are deeply committed to our common agenda to our political association and of economic integration of Moldova in European Union. Today we had a very friendly exchange of views on the state of play of our relations. I think that we can both agree that we are on the right track. Moldova is a very active prominent member of our Eastern Partnership, I can even say a frontrunner in Eastern partnership. And together we have achieved quite a lot already.
Negotiations on our association agreement are progressing very well. We should aim to reach a good agreement by the end of next year, in time of our Eastern partnership summit in Vilnius in November, 2013.
We have also moved to our second phase of the Moldova Action plan, which is an important step to strengthen the ties between our citizens…
Now we have witnessed signing of a financing agreement that will increase the European Union support to Moldova’s public health system by additional 6 million Euros and of an agreement that we will fund 5 million Euros program of vocational and educational training. So we are speaking about very concrete issues, not just about very good political relations. To support public health, to support vocational and educational training.
So, our message is clear – we have to stay in Moldova’s virtue. In fact, as it’s sometimes not well known, our overall financial assistance to Moldova reached this year 152 million Euros, around 21 Euros per capita. This is the highest level of support in the European neighborhood. This support is a recognition of Moldova’s firm commitment to reforms.
European Union is determined to support the changes you are making while you are moving forward with an agenda that embraces values of democracy and fundamental rights. It is good for the citizens of Moldova and also good for our bilateral relations.
During our meeting I had an opportunity to pay tribute to Moldova’s constructive approach in these negotiations. And I want to reaffirm the European Union commitment to the process – European Union is also a product of peace and stability and we support all efforts that seek to promote them.
To conclude, I’d like once again to thank the prime minister for his warm welcome yesterday and today. You have shown that it is possible to turn democratic restorations into reality even when facing challenging circumstances. We are ready to continue this journey with you and support your country and your people in materializing the clear European choice. And thank you for your efforts.
||Cutaway: EU and Moldova flags