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European Parliament welcomes Moldova progress and urges visa liberalisation

European Parliament welcomes Moldova progress and urges visa liberalisation

The European Parliament has welcomed the latest moves by the Republic of Moldova to improve relations with the EU and the country's willingness to seek a solution to the Transnistrian issue. In a resolution adopted on Thursday, MEPs call for a "more robust EU role" in mediating in the regional conflict.

The non-binding resolution stresses the substantial progress in EU-Moldova relations over the last year and calls on the Commission to swiftly adopt a visa liberalisation plan for Moldovan citizens.

MEPs also welcome the willingness of the Moldovan government to seek a solution to the dispute over Transnistria, a breakaway territory located at the eastern Moldovan border with Ukraine and governed de facto by a secessionist force since early 1990s. This is in line with statements made last May by EU Foreign Policy High Representative Catherine Ashton after the Moldovan government presented an "aide memoire" confirming its readiness to further engage with all its partners.

MEPs "support the territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova" and call upon all parties to return to formal talks in the 5+2 format which brings to the negotiating table Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Transnistria and the OSCE, with the US and the EU as observers. A "more robust EU role" could be useful in finding a solution to the problem, especially by fostering confidence-building and supporting joint projects with local communities, believe MEPs.

Lastly, the resolution notes "the very good start" to negotiations on the Association Agreement with the Republic of Moldova in January this year and calls for a clean pre-election campaign ahead of national elections on 28 November. (ENPI Info Centre)


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