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Moldova fears being forgotten as Ukraine promotes EU accession

Moldova fears being forgotten as Ukraine promotes EU accession

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Moldova, which officially applied for block participation on March 3, warns the Prime Minister that the world is at risk of being left behind due to its focus on Ukraine.

Moldova, which officially applied for block participation on March 3, warns the Prime Minister that the world is at risk of being left behind due to its focus on Ukraine.

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President Charles Michel of the European Council met with Moldova’s President Maia Sandu in Chisină in early May.

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As Ukraine strives to initiate the first rung in the process of joining the European Union, neighboring Moldova is worried that its own impetus for joining the block may be forgotten.

Europe’s poorest country, sandwiched between Ukraine and Romania on the eastern frontier of the EU, has been struggling since its independence in 1991. It suffers from rampant corruption, political turmoil between Moscow and the West, and frozen conflicts in Separatist-owned Transnistoria. The army poses a danger of spillover from the war next door.

Even before Vladimir Putin invaded a neighboring country, Prime Minister Natalia Gabrillita sent a message to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, pushing the message that Moldovans are ready to lock themselves into the future of Europe. Participated and strengthened support.

She said 2.6 million landlocked countries are pushing to strengthen their institutions, the rule of law, and the key requirements for being considered an EU candidate. However, as the economy struggled and was at the mercy of Russia’s gas supply across Transnistoria, she said the window of action to evaluate Moldova’s entry application filed on March 3 was narrow.

“Now is the time,” she said in an interview on Tuesday. “It is very important for us not to be forgotten, left behind or in the gray zone. The people of Moldova have voted extensively for European integration shortly before the war began. rice field.”

Most recently, in 2018, the EU suspended aid to Moldova. This was exhausted by the perpetual carousel of the broken reform pledge and the epic money laundering scandal. A year later, the government, led by the Prime Minister (now the President), was empowered to pledge to improve governance, wipe out revenue-stealing state-owned enterprises, and renew chronically politicized justice. rice field.

These efforts were set back by the cost of the war in Ukraine, including her temporary removal, followed by Covid-19, soaring natural gas prices, and now the need to support tens of thousands of refugees.

The economy has been hit and inflation has accelerated to a record 27% year-on-year in April, but growth is expected to stagnate this year after a 14% recovery in 2021.

Tensions are also rising in Transnistoria, a piece of land that occupies 12% of Moldova’s territory, but short-term concerns about being dragged into the war in Ukraine are “now” more than at the beginning of Putin’s invasion. It’s a little less, “Gabrilita said. ..

Still, Moldova’s leadership “is related to what it means for our region and the stability of our region in the medium term,” she said. Moldova sticks to a military-neutral position, but Gabririta has not ruled out defense investment, she said.

“In the light of increased risk, we must make better preparations to protect ourselves,” she said.

Gabririta also urged other countries to provide assistance. Moldova needs a subsidy of at least € 400 million to reduce debt sustainability and currency. The EU has promised € 53 million and Moldova is in further negotiations with Germany, France and others, but there are still ways to reach the goal.

“It looks like we’re getting additional grant support, but that’s not enough,” she said.

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