Posted on 28.06.2012 in Moldova, News

Moldovan premier attends international conference on mobility partnerships

Prime Minister Vlad Filat attended an international conference “Mobility Partnerships: Past, Present and Future,” held in Brussels on 27-28 June.

The session, titled, “Future of Mobility Partnerships and Cooperation in Migration and Mobility Sectors” was moderated by Director-General for Home Affairs at the European Commission Stefano Manservici. Participating in the event were EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom, officials from Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Cape Verde, Tunis (states which signed Mobility partnerships with the EU), as well as representatives of the EU member states that financially back projects within the Mobility Partnership, European Commission, other donor organizations.

The information sheet on the conference

In her speech, Cecilia Malmstrom noted that mobility means freedom: to learn, to travel, develop business. She said the Europeans do not quite think about this, as this is something normal for the 500 million EU citizens. The commissioner said the European Union is willing to sign mobility partnerships with as many states as possible, as well as to ensure a good management of the migration and mobility.

Referring to Moldova, Cecilia Malmstrom said that, since the signing of this partnership, Moldova has recorded more progress in the field of migration management and citizens mobility. The European commissioner said the European Union is open for signing mobility partnerships in continuation, as the EU enjoys benefits from them.

At the conference, Prime Minister Vlad Filat said Moldova is aware of the fact that the migration processes deeply influence the states societies, and at the same time, have a huge impact on the lives of the migrants and their families.

“The economic, social, as well as political impact of the migration cannot be underestimated. In these conditions, Moldova supported with enthusiasm the EU initiative to sign Mobility Partnerships with the interested states, and became the first pilot country to sign this instrument of policies in 2008,” the prime minister said.

Filat also said Moldova has the largest recorded number of projects within the Mobility Partnership, the application areas of which are particularly significant for the society: promotion of legal migration, backing academic mobility, integration of migration in development and combating illegal migration. Their general positive impact is incontestable for Moldova.

“In the case of Moldova, the initial emphasis of the Mobility Partnership was put on combating the illegal migration and trafficking of people. Although these subjects remain very important on the agenda of our cooperation with the EU, the general trend of the past two years is focusing the partners’ attention on the facilitation of the labour migration, promotion of circulation migration, and especially the integration of the migration phenomenon in the strategic planning and the national development policies,” the prime minister specified.

Vlad Filat pointed out the most obvious positive outcomes of the activities carried out by Moldova within the Mobility Partnership. Among them there are: strengthening institutional capacities of the administrative bodies in charge of the migration management; providing financial assistance to implement a string of important reforms and for the visa regime liberalization with the EU; improving the cooperation between the institutions involved in the Mobility Partnership, due to a coordination mechanism set up at the national level; enhancing the capacity of planning, analysis and implementation of coherent policies in the migration sector in Moldova’s institutions.

“Moldova is an active partner which highly appreciates the opportunities offered by the Mobility Partnership with the EU, and is willing to share the gained experience with other interested states. A proof of our enthusiasm in the promotion of the Mobility Partnership is also the organization of this high-level international conference along with the European Commission. I hope that the participants in the conference will find it useful this exchange of good practices, and will identify new prospects and ways of cooperation in the long run in the field of migration and mobility, within this flexible instrument of policies,” Vlad Filat said.

The participants in the conferences highlighted that Moldova made considerable progress in the migration management area. Thus, more than 80 projects in the sector of documents security, migration policies, combating illegal migration were carried out within the Moldova-EU Mobility Partnership in 2008. Presently, the implementation of the Mobility Partnership is being assessed, with the first results due to be made public next autumn. Also, in 2012, an Extended Migration Profile was worked out – a project financed by the EU and implemented by the International Organization for Migration Moldova. This instrument of collecting statistics data on migration flows is needed to elaborate comprehensive and efficient migration policies in the long run.

The EU member states that participate in the Mobility Partnership with Moldova via different projects in the migration policies sector are: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Hungary. The European Commission, FRONTEX (European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union) and the European Training Foundation participate in the Mobility Partnership as well. A joint declaration on the Mobility Partnership Moldova-EU was signed in the period of the Slovenian EU Presidency at a meeting of the Council of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers of the EU in Luxembourg on 5 June 2008. Moldova and Cape Verde are the first pilot countries, and the Mobility Partnership Georgia-EU was launched in November 2009.

Source: Moldpres