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The Foreign Minister in Chișinău: Estonia supports Moldova's integration with Europe

30.04.2015

While visiting Chișinău Moldova today, Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus emphasized at her meeting with Foreign Minister Natalia Gherman, that Estonia supports Moldova's integration with Europe and considers the country, which is implementing significant reforms, to be one of the most successful countries in the Eastern Partnership.

According to the Foreign Minister, it is important for Moldova to continue its reforms and Estonia is ready to continue to share its support and expertise. “It is important for the European Union to give a clear signal to Moldova regarding its European Union perspective. If Moldova implements reforms, the doors to Europe must be open to that society,” the Foreign Minister said. “Moldova needs to focus on the fight against corruption and reforming the rule of law and the financial sector, including finding solution to problems related to banking," the Foreign Minister said. “None of these reforms will be easy; however, all of these reforms are necessary for the development of Moldova."

Pentus-Rosimannus said that Estonia considers the implementation of the Association and Free Trade Agreements between the European Union and Moldova to be of great importance. “We will continue to support Moldova through development projects, so that the country's economic and political integration with the European Union will be easier," the Foreign Minister said. The European Union is an important economic partner for Moldova and trade has grown since the implementation of the Association and Free Trade Agreements.

Since April 28th of last year, Moldovan citizens are the first citizens of an Eastern Partnership country who are able to travel to the European Union visa-free. “This is a clear sign of trust and recognition for Moldova for the work it has done, which has brought the country closer to the EU,” Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus said.

Estonia and Moldova wish to further strengthen bilateral relations. “Posting a diplomat in Chişinău in April of last year enabled us to intensify communications and offer Moldova support in approaching the EU," the Foreign Minister said. The Foreign Ministers expressed pleasure that bilateral communication and cooperation between people is very intense on the local level as well.

Moldova is a priority development cooperation country for Estonia. According to Moldova’s Foreign Minister Natalia Gherman, Estonia's assistance and support of the state is very essential and highly valued. This year, Estonia will support development cooperation projects directed at Moldova with 950 000 euros. “We remain ready to share our practical experience in implementing economic reforms in the field of agriculture, in training public officials and in the field of e-governance," Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus said. The Foreign Minister said that Estonia also wants to continue educational projects with Moldova. The Foreign Ministry supports Moldovan students' masters and doctoral studies in Estonian universities and research and development institutions. The Estonian School of Diplomacy also educates young Moldovan diplomats.

Meeting with the Moldovan Minister of Economy Stéphane Bridé, Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus discussed possibilities for strengthening trade relations and contacts between entrepreneurs, as well as financial issues and cooperation in the IT field.

Moldova's Minister of the Economy gave an overview of the country’s economic situation, reforms and implementation of the Association and a Free Trade Agreement.

Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus will meet with Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti, Deputy Speaker of Parliament Lilian Palihovici and Prime Minister Chirila Gaburici.

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