To sign an Association Agreement with the European Union is an absolute priority for the Republic of Moldova, its Prime Minister Vladimir Filat, who is paying a 2-day visit to Brussels, stated during his meeting with MEP Graham Watson (ALDE-ADLE), European Parliament’s Rapporteur for the Association Agreement currently being agreed between Moldova and the European Union.
According to the governmental press service, Vladimir Filat underscored the very important role played in the Association Agreement negotiations by the European Parliament, and said “Moldova fully counts and relies on the Parliament’s support”.
Graham Watson said that the parliamentary group he belongs to and the European Parliament as a whole are glad that the Alliance for European Integration is back in the Moldovan Parliament again and that Vladimir Filat has been re-appointed as head of the Moldovan Government.
Watson stressed that the Republic of Moldova has started ambitious but very necessary reforms, that it is very essential to put them into life correctly, and that this should bring success.
Graham Watson was keen to hear about the situation developing presently around the president election question. Filat voiced optimism, remarking that the republic will simply be unable to withstand one more snap parliamentary election.
The interlocutors touched on the Transnistrian conflict settlement question, and the Prime Minister offered an opinion that one of possible ways to resolving this old conflict is through raising the attractiveness of the mainland Moldova for citizens of the Transnistrian region.
He requested Europe’s assistance in raising the quota of tax-free supply of Moldovan wines to the EU market, and was glad to hear that the European Parliament will discuss this question in the nearest future.
Premier Filat met also with MEP Joseph Daul, Chairman of the European People’s Party (EPP) Group in the European Parliament, who highlighted the significance of Parliament’s decisions on the EU financial assistance for Moldova and of the preparation of the Action Plan on visa liberalization for the republic.
Joseph Daul called upon the Moldovan authorities to continue the ongoing reforms, and said Moldova may count on the European Union’s assistance in this work.