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News article29 October 2021

The EU and the Republic of Moldova strengthen engagement and cooperation on reforms


Yesterday, the European Union and the Republic of Moldova agreed to further strengthen and enhance cooperation in a number of key areas in line with Moldova's commitments under the EU-Moldova Association Agreement, this was confirmed in a Joint Statement. In the context of the emergency situation in Moldova's gas sector, the EU will help Moldova by providing €60 million through a new budget support programme. A high-level energy security dialogue was also launched following the meeting between Commissioner Kadri Simson and Prime Minister Natalia Gavriliţa. President Ursula von der Leyen said: ”The European Union stands side-by-side with Moldova in overcoming the challenges it faces notably in the areas of health, energy and economy. With our exceptional €60 million grant support we will help Moldova through this crisis by mitigating the impact of the rise in gas prices on the most vulnerable people. We also strongly support the ambitious reforms agenda of the Moldovan government, in particular to regain public trust in the judiciary and in the public administration system, and improving the country's business and investment climate.” Yesterday's 6th EU-Moldova Association Council chaired by the High Representative Josep Borrell, with the participation of Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi, provided the opportunity to further strengthen cooperation and implementation of reforms in a wide range of areas. They presented the outcomes at the press conference afterwards. In the margins of the Association Council meeting, the EU and Moldova agreed to launch a High-Level Political and Security Dialogue. The association of Moldova to Horizon Europe, the EU research and innovation programme for 2021-2027 was also finalised. A press release and factsheet are available online. (For more information: Peter Stano – Tel.: +32 229 54553; Paloma Hall Caballero – Tel.: +32 229 68560)


Publication date
29 October 2021