President Nicolae Timofti hopes Moldova will necessarily sign an Association Agreement with the European Union one day.
In his interview with Euronews, the Moldovan president said, “I hope it will happen soon, but because I am realistic I know it will not happen next year or in the next years to come. I hope it will be within a reasonable time.”
Speaking to the president during his first trip abroad, Euronews asked Nicolae Timofti why he had chosen to only come to Brussels. Timofti said, “I advanced the concept that we, all the citizens of the Republic of Moldova, should gather round an idea. This should be European integration.”
Asked what Europe means for his country, the president answered that first of all Europe means respect for human rights, restarting an economy based on competition, “and it means respect for property law.”
Euronews asked if he thinks there is a contradiction between the fact that the Republic of Moldova is still a member of the Community of Independent States and on the other hand it is taking big steps towards Europe.
Nicolae Timofti replied, “I wouldn’t say that there is a contradiction, I would rather talk about a clear purpose of the present government and of our nation. It is not a coincidence that hundreds of thousand Moldovans are working in European countries. I also would like to say that I feel sorry about the fact that many of them are getting there illegally. We are aware of it, the countries in which our citizens are working are aware too. We would like to change the terms so that they don’t need to hide themselves and don’t try other ways than legal ones.”
Concerning negotiations on an Association Agreement between the Republic of Moldova and the European Union, Timofti said that Moldova is taking concrete action and moving forward quickly, carrying out all its duties to ensure its integration.