Moldova: EU welcomes the new coaliton government, expects reforms and consolidation of democracy
Brussels (31st May) - Commenting on the election of Iurie Leancă to the post of Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova on 30 May, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, and Commissioner for Enlargement and the Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle, made today the following joint statement: "We warmly welcome the endorsement yesterday of the Iurie Leancă government and of its programme by the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova. This puts an end to a protracted political crisis that has endangered the stability of Moldova's state institutions. We invite the authorities and the citizens of the Republic of Moldova to consider the need for constitutional reform to strengthen systemic checks and balances, and to prevent the emergence of similar crises in the future.
We encourage Prime Minister Leancă, his government and all political parties of the Republic of Moldova to work in a spirit of inclusiveness, with a view to de-escalating political tensions and contributing to the further consolidation of democracy and the success of Moldova's European agenda in the interest of every citizen. In this context, we call on the state authorities, the political class and civil society to pay close attention to the importance of ensuring the impartial, rule-based, transparent and effective functioning of all institutions, including law- enforcement bodies and regulatory agencies; and the defence of diversity, pluralism and quality in the media landscape.
The European Union stands ready to continue supporting Moldova's efforts to implement structural reforms, keeping in mind their social dimension and the need to deliver tangible benefits to the population."