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Cooperation Council hails progress in EU-Moldova relations

Cooperation Council hails progress in EU-Moldova relations

The EU-Moldova Cooperation Council has welcomed the positive dynamics of EU-Moldova relations and emphasised the opportunities provided by the Eastern Partnership, including its multilateral dimension. A Council press release said, "The EU... underlined its determination to move forward with concrete measures to ensure that reforms in the Republic of Moldova can be sustained and yield tangible results for the population."   Thursday's Cooperation Council hailed "the good progress made in negotiations on the future EU-Republic of Moldova Association Agreement" and stressed the value of deepening sectoral cooperation to sustain structural reforms in Moldova.     The EU stressed the need to implement and deepen the reforms that Moldova had launched over the past years, "with particular respect to the fight against corruption; the improvement of the business climate; and comprehensive reforms in the area of justice, freedom and security."   The EU pledged to continue supporting Moldova through macro-financial assistance and "announced its intention to launch the preparatory steps for a second disbursement of EU macro-financial assistance."   The EU stressed its "increased engagement in the Transnistria settlement efforts, including through continued EUBAM support and confidence-building measures", recalled its efforts in support of the resumption of formal "5+2" settlement talks, exclusively in the internationally recognized "5+2" format.    The EU was represented by Zsolt Németh, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Hungary and Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy. Moldova's delegation was led by Prime Minister Vlad Filat. (ENPI Info Centre)


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