Posted on 27.10.2012 in Featured, Moldova, News

Moldovan MP demands “clear” EU integration prospect, visa free regime

The chairman of the parliamentary foreign policy and European integration commission, MP Igor Corman, is participating in the Forum Moldova – European Union 2012 in Berlin on 22-23 October. The forum is organized by the Polish Institute of Aesthetic Studies, the German-Moldovan Forum and the German Association for Foreign Policy, the parliament’s communication and public relations department has reported.

Corman will also attend the second forum for foreign policy in Berlin, organized by the German foundation Korber-stiftung.

Igor Corman

While attending the forum Moldova – European Union 2012, Corman delivered a speech in the panel “Foreign policy and security of the European Union in eastern Europe”. Referring to expectations and provocations that Moldova faces, Corman said: “We understand that the Eastern Partnership is what the European Union can offer us for the moment, but our ambition and expectations are higher, this is why we welcomed the new approach of the European Neighborhood Policy that proclaimed the principle of differentiation – more assistance for more reforms. We welcome the fact that Moldova is recognized as a leader within the Eastern Partnership. There are many positive developments on the European integration path, in the negotiations on an association agreement, including on a free trade area with the EU, and in the implementation of an action plan on a visa free regime. At the same time, Moldova needs concrete results, so as the citizens see the real benefits of the reforms and the European integration process. That is why, besides the European Union’s comprehensive financial support provided to Moldova, it is also important to obtain a visa free regime,” Corman said.

Welcoming the new approach of the European Neighbourhood Policy, which stipulates the EU’s deeper involvement in settling frozen conflicts in its neighbourhood, Corman referred to the latest developments in the Transnistrian conflict settlement process. Recalling the increasingly active role of the EU in this process, in particular of Germany and its chancellor Angela Merkel, Corman welcomed the measures of bolstering confidence between the two banks of the Dniester river, the offer for the Transnistrians to take part in the creation of a deep and comprehensive free trade area with the EU, as well as the liberalization of the visa regime in the future.

At the same time, Corman said that although the EU policy is correct, it is not as powerful as to incline the balance in favour of the country’s reintegration. A solution would be the promotion by the EU of a kind of a comprehensive and solid Marshall plan, which may motivate Tiraspol to change its view and to contribute to a settlement of the conflict.

At the end, Corman said that Moldova counts on the European Union’s active and solidary foreign and security policy. In spite of the internal difficulties that the European Union faces, it is important to provide Moldova with a clear European integration prospect and a visa free regime. This will motivate even more and will keep the Moldovan society anchored in the European project and on its democratic transformation path, Corman said.

Source: Moldpres