EU leaders tell new Moldovan president his country is a model for transition

The Republic of Moldova is becoming a model for peaceful political transition, the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy said in Brussels today
after talks with the new Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti.
Telling President Timofti that his decision to choose Brussels for his first foreign trip showed his commitment to the country's European vocation, President Van Rompuy said: "The European Union has a stake in the Republic of Moldova's future. A successful Republic of Moldova is an important piece of a Europe whole and at peace. Equally important, the Republic of Moldova is becoming a model for many other countries. You have shown that political transition can be peaceful and that it is possible to turn democratic values into reality."
Describing Moldova as one of the frontrunners in the Eastern Partnership, Van Rompuy added: "The relationship between the EU and the Republic of Moldova is rapidly developing. We have achieved a lot in record time: Negotiations on the Association Agreement is steadily progressing." He said the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement, where negotiations have been launched, was an integral part of the Association Agreement, and added that the EU would soon be ready to sign a number of important sectoral agreements, in areas such as air transport and civil protection.
The Moldovan President also met the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, discussing a range of issues. Barroso said that in addition to trade, they had discussed the latest developments regarding visa dialogue. "Moldova is approaching the finalisation of the first phase of its Visa Liberalisation Action Plan with the EU, and I encourage the Moldovan authorities to address the remaining issues to allow us to move on to the second phase of the action plan."
"We, at the European Union, understand well the many challenges that Moldova faces," Barroso said after the meeting. "But we are ready to stand side by side with the Moldovan authorities and the Moldovan people in their journey to progress and prosperity. Indeed, we support Moldova in practical ways through our assistance, which has been substantially stepped up so as to exceed €100 million next year."
Both Barroso and Van Rompuy welcomed Moldova's efforts to solve the Transnistria dispute, with the European Council President saying "the constructive approach followed by Republic of Moldova is widely appreciated in the EU". (ENPI Info Centre)
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Van Rompuy statement
Barroso statement
ENPI Info Centre webpage – Moldova

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