The European Parliament on Thursday adopted the annual report on the implementation of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement with 512 votes in favor, 43 votes against and 39 abstentions, which includes a call on the European Union to provide more strategic support to Moldova after applying for membership at the community bloc, informs an EP statement.
In the context of a deteriorating security environment, the text acknowledges that the war in Ukraine has disproportionately affected neighboring Moldova. Its economy has been affected by the loss of import and export opportunities and the rapid rise in energy prices, and Moldova has also received the largest number of Ukrainian refugees in terms of population than any other country, putting enormous pressure on services. its public.
Motivated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Moldova’s official request to join the EU on March 3 was welcomed by MEPs as it confirmed the country’s European path. They call on the EU institutions to grant Moldova the status of candidate country, together with Ukraine and Georgia, in accordance with Article 49 of the TEU and “on the basis of merit”. In the meantime, MEPs, the European Union and the Republic of Moldova should continue to work to integrate the country into the EU’s single market.
The resolution calls on the European Commission to assist Moldova in preparing a credible strategy for pre-accession to the EU. MEPs also draw attention to the need for more strategic assistance to the Republic of Moldova, in particular by setting up a Commission support group for the country, similar to the one in Ukraine.
The report also emphasizes that the accession applications of Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia open a new chapter in their European integration, which should be characterized by enhanced efforts to implement the association agreements and trade liberalization components.
European Parliament wants Moldova to gain EU candidate status faster, despite security incidents at its border
Last but not least, MEPs express concern about a number of recent security incidents in the separatist region of Transnistria and condemn them as dangerous acts of provocation committed in a highly volatile security situation. They reiterate their support for a peaceful settlement of the Transnistrian conflict, based on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova, according to agerpres.ro.
“The EU urgently needs to grant Moldova and Ukraine candidate status,” said Romanian rapporteur Dragos Tudorache of the Renew Europe group.
“This is a message with three possible recipients. It is a message to the world that the EU supports and that we share the same values in a concrete, tangible and committed way. It is a message to Putin and to all dictators in the world that we will remain united in the face of any aggression, and such actions will only strengthen us. And, above all, it is a message to the citizens of Moldova, to those who have chosen a European path, that Europe sees them, hears them and will not abandon them “, said the USR PLUS MEP.
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