Visit of José Manuel Barroso, and Štefan Füle to Moldova: group photo, meeting with Vladimir Filat, and press point
End production: 30/11/2012 First transmission: 30/11/2012
On 30 November 2012, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, accompanied by Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, went to Chişinău and met with Vladimir Filat, Moldovan Prime Minister. He praised Moldova for choosing a courageous path: that of political association and economic integration with the EU.
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||Exterior views of the Government building in Chişinău (2 shots)
||Joint arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Vladimir Filat, Moldovan Prime Minister, and handshake
||Round table with José Manuel Barroso, Vladimir Filat and Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy (4 shots)
||Joint arrival of José Manuel Barroso and Vladimir Filat at the press conference (4 shots)
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): 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 at a time where 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 clear 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 the second phase of the Moldova Visa Liberalization Action plan, which is an important step to strengthen the ties between our citizens (…)
Just now we have witnessed the signature of a financing agreement that will increase the European Union support to the liberalization of the 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 future. 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 neighbourhood. 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's 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. I sincerely believe that Moldova can become an aspiration for the region. 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.
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||Cutaway of Moldovan and EU flags