European Union and Moldova: a journey to share
At the beginning of his visit of Moldova President Barroso praised Moldova for choosing a courageous path: that of political association and economic integration with the European Union.
The EU is currently in the process of negotiating an Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area. President Barroso expressed his appreciation for very good progress achieved in Association Agreement talks and reiterated that the goal is to complete the negotiations in time for the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius at the end of next year.
The President talked about what the Association Agreement process means: "It means fundamentally to share the same values. This process will bring us closer to each other than declarations will ever be able to do. You are well aware that the values on which the EU is built – freedom, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law – lie precisely at the heart of the political association and economic integration process which the Eastern Partnership offers and which we are pursuing with Moldova."
"In this spirit, let me assure you that the European Union continues and will continue standing by your side, by the people of Moldova, to move ahead with your ambitious reform plans. If you keep the speed and if you intensify the depth of the reforms I am convinced that your European choice will come to fruition. I wish you the best of luck in your endeavour!" concluded President Barroso.