The R. of Moldova Parliament ratified yesterday, 59 votes for, the Association Agreement with the European Union signed on June 27 in Brussels by PM Iurie Leanca and the leaders of the 28 EU states.Grigore Petrenco, member of the Republic of Moldova’s Communist Party (PCRM) – the only representative of the party to attend the session – and three other deputies of the Socialist party led by Igor Dodon voted against the ratification. In a speech held before the Parliament, Prime Minister Iurie Leanca stated that every provision in the Association Agreement is fully aligned with the agreements concluded between Chisinau and the countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), free trade and movement provisions included. “There is nothing in this document which could infringe upon our constitutional statute of neutrality,” the Moldova PM said. “The accession to the European Union (EU) as a fully entitled member is the final step in our country’s path to Europe,” he added.In turn, President Nicolae Timofti noted that the next step after the Agreement ratification is to acquire a clear perspective of the EU accession process. “I am confident that this goal, too, is achievable. Long live Moldova in the European Union!” said Nicolae Timofti.On the other hand, Vladimir Voronin, the Communist leader of PCRM, described the Agreement ratification as a “state treason” and warned that by signing the document the country will lose its sovereignty. “The Agreement robs (the Republic of) Moldova of its future.
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