Moldova may proceed to a second stage of the dialog on visa regime liberalization with the European Union. This decision by the European Commission was announced by European Commissioner in charge of Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom in her meeting with Moldovan Prime Minister Vladimir Filat in Brussels.
According to the governmental press service, the meeting was crowned with the signing of an agreement on introducing amendments to the visa facilitation agreement between the Republic of Moldova and the European Union.
In her statement to the press, Commissioner Malmstrom called the signed document a step forward to Moldova citizens’ easier traveling to Europe.
Cecilia Malmstrom said the amendments will broaden privileges at obtaining visas. They pertain to visa procedures; increase of the number of categories of citizens who will be spared of paying the visa duty; an easier issuance of multiple visas to certain categories of citizens, including civil society representatives, people of business, students, researchers; cancellation of a visa regime for the holders of service passports.
Commissioner Malmstrom voiced confidence that the agreement will be initialed and will enter into legal force already by the end of this year.
She promised to submit to the European Parliament and European Commission in the nearest future a Report on the results achieved at the first stage of implementation of the Action Plan on visa liberalization. The Report will include the European Commission’s decision on proceeding to assessment of the second stage.
Commissioner Malmstrom welcomed Moldova’s efforts in this direction, and highlighted the importance for Moldova to fulfill the laws it adopts.
Premier Filat assured that in the course of the second stage Moldova will be working as actively, promptly and efficiently to meet its commitments as it did at the first stage.