Posted on 20.11.2012 in Moldova, News

Chisinau could obtain a visa free regime with the EU by late 2013

The head of the EU Delegation to Moldova, Ambassador Dirk Schuebel said at a news conference on 14 November, that it may be difficult to obtain a visa free regime with the EU by late 2013, yet not impossible.

Head of the EU Delegation to Moldova, Dirk Schuebel

According to the official, Moldova has lately progressed as regards the talks on an association agreement, and for the first time enjoys the obvious support of more European high officials. “European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso will be visiting Chisinau on 29-30 November, his visit being a strong evidence of the support for Moldova’s leadership and citizens,” Schuebel said.

Schuebel was satisfied with the reform process that has started in Moldova and praised a number of ministers, including Interior Minister Dorin Recean. “Visible reforms have been implemented at the Interior Ministry in a short period of time,” Schuebel said.

The European official said Moldova will further benefit from the EU’s financial support. “The talks on the EU budget are rather heated, but I am sure Moldova will receive funding, as it is one of the Eastern Partnership’s leaders,” Schuebel said. He said corruption is one of the biggest issues Moldova is currently facing, whereas the EU will offer financial support to eradicate this problem.

Source: Moldpres