Audio File: Moldova, the EU and the Struggle for Reforms

How Should the Eastern Partnership be Adjusted?

07/03/2017 | 18:30 - 20:00 | Representation of the European Commission Berlin | Invitation only


Category: Moldova, Reform

Moldova, the former frontrunner of European rapprochement, has become a main concern. Vested interests and deep-rooted corruption are the main obstacle to substantial reforms in the country’s political, social and economic spheres. The new president, Igor Dodon, even questions the effectiveness of the Association Agreement with the EU signed in 2016. He openly argues for the alternative: joining the Russia-sponsored Eurasian Union.

Keynote speech by Andrian Candu

07.03.2017 | von DGAP e.V. | Länge: 19:24

Andrian Candu, President of the Parliament of Moldova, nevertheless emphasizes the achievements that have been made in reforming the small country. While admitting that there have been setbacks and difficulties in fighting the deep-rooted corruption, he nevertheless seeks more support from the EU and its member states. At the event, held at the Representation at the European Commission in Berlin, he emphasized the progress the country has made in reforming the economic and public sector and outlined the government’s plans to reform electoral law.

The EU remains dismayed by the current lagging state of reform in Moldova and sees its own scope of action as being severely limited by vested interests inside Moldova, as well as by the geopolitical struggle with Russia. Adriano Martins, the European External Action Service’s Deputy Head of the Division for Eastern Partnership, criticized the current state of reform, particularly with regard to the judicial system. At the same time he emphasized that the EU will support Moldova as it struggles under pressure from Russia.

The event was organized by the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia. The DGAP gratefully acknowledges the cooperation of the Representation of the European Commission and the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova in organizing this event.

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