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Number of visa refusals for Moldovans down by a half over past three years

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The number of refusals in granting visas for Moldovan citizens decreased by a half from 13 per cent in 2009 to 6 per cent in 2012, according to data by the Chisinau-based Common Visa Issuance Centre, headquartered at the Hungarian embassy in Moldova.

At a today's public lecture given at the Free International University from Moldova (ULIM), Hungarian Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Moldova Georgy Varga said this fact shows a higher trustworthiness of the European institutions in Moldova, in the context of the regional security. The Hungarian official told MOLDPRES that this trend is due to the safety of the Moldovan IDs. Also, the EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM), set at the Moldovan-Ukrainian border, confirmed that there are no fears in terms of the unofficial migration or drug sales through the Transnistrian region, at the country's eastern border, Georgy Varga said.

The Hungarian ambassador said Moldova gets closer to the end of the first stage in preparing for the visa free regime with the EU, due to the adjusting of the national legislation to the European one, excepting for the non-adoption of a single law - non-discrimination law - at present. The non-approval of this law conditions EU's reticence, given that the Moldovan citizens who get visas to leave for other states have right to ask for political asylum, reasoning the lack of rights that would be ensured by such a law, the diplomat noted. Varga specified that the second stage of this process will start in June 2012, when the state institutions, such as the Border Guards Service and migration services, will start working in line with the new reforms.

Contacted by MOLDPRES, Georgy Varga stressed that Moldova's European integration process is presently not disturbed by the Transnistrian conflict settlement, as both processes are held simultaneously. Especially in the present situation, when the new Tiraspol leader, Yevgeniy Shevchuk, and the Moldovan government, in the person of Prime Minister Vlad Filat, put emphasis on the settlement of citizens' daily problems, the ambassador said. The diplomat welcomed the recent resumption of the freight train traffic in Moldova directly across the Transnistrian region, as well as the facilitation of the regime of citizens' movement in the region. Yet, this issue will become topical in 2-5 years, when the EU is to take a political decision, first of all, on the cancellation of the visa regime, and secondly, on the European integration of Moldova, Varga also said.

Hungary and Moldova established bilateral diplomatic relations on 16 January 1992, and the Hungarian embassy was opened in Chisinau on 1 July in the same year.

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