EU-Moldova Cooperation Council: extracts from the press conference by the Irish Presidency, the European Commission, and Moldova
Lieu: Luxembourg (town), Luxembourg - Council
End production: 25/06/2013 First transmission: 25/06/2013
An EU-Moldova Cooperation Council was be held in the margins of the General Affairs Council on 25 June.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of the speakers
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Lucinda Creighton, Irish Minister of State for European Affairs:
Last year the Cooperation Council welcomed the Moldova's European aspiration. This year the discussion focused in the context of these aspirations on the EU concerns following the political crisis in Chișinău. It is very good and very welcome that developments in Moldova are now back in track with a new government in place, united around the country European agenda but addressing in earnest the consequences of political crisis notably redressing integrity of state institutions and this is the essence of Moldova's democratic future. It is of course absolutely crucial.
||General view of the press room
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy: What we think is crucial is:
First, that the state institutions re-focus their attention on internal reforms and enhance transparency in their functioning;
Second, that systemic checks and balances aimed at preventing the misuse of the institutions for political purposes are designed with relevant international assistance;
Third, that the transparency of Moldovan political life is increased, including through setting up clear rules for political party financing in line with best European practice;
||Cutaway of the audience
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Štefan Füle: The other challenge for the reform process is to ensure its sustainability. For this, inclusiveness and communication are of the essence.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Iurie Leanca, Prime Minister of Moldova:
The meeting was the most useful exercise that allows us to review the current state of play now. That relation points out the main achievements but also areas which progress is needed. The Moldavian government remains engage in pursuing an ambitious reform agenda in conformity with the governmental activity program targeting concrete benefits for its citizens in a consolidated democratic environment. This government has a period of one year and a half ahead of it until the next parliamentary elections.