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MEP Muresan: European Parliament’s Committee on budgets approves conditional grant of financial support for Moldova

The Committee on Budgets of the European Parliament approved the request of MEP Siegfried Muresan to condition European funding for the Republic of Moldova on the results in fighting corruption and strengthening the rule of law.

According to a release of the MEP sent on Tuesday, the European Parliament’s Committee on Budgets gave on Monday evening the opinion in respect to granting macro-financial assistance worth 100 million euros destined to the Republic of Moldova, which also comprise his request to condition financial support for obtaining concrete results in areas such as “fighting corruption, independence in justice, strengthening the rule of law and the banking system.”

Muresan, who is a rapporteur with the Committee on budgets regarding the opinion on macro-financial assistance programme for the Republic of Moldova, stated, according to the release, that the financial support has the role of helping the Moldovan state to fund its current costs, to stabilize its economy.

“I want the money to reach as soon as possible in the Republic of Moldova, but I wanted to make sure that the financial support granted by the European Union to the Republic of Moldova is well used, that the reforms which people expect are implemented and that results will be felt by the citizens. This is why, I requested this money to be granted strictly conditional on concrete results […] in important areas for the people – fighting corruption, independence of justice, strengthening the rule of law, fighting money laundering and investigating fraud in the banking system that occurred in 2014. The deadlines and results must be established by the European Commission alongside the Government of the Republic of Moldova, that will adopt and assume these conditions. It’s established that the money will be allocated in 2017 in three tranches and I want that before each tranche the Gov’t in Chisinau to implement in stages the measures that Moldovan citizens are demanding and which are so necessary for consolidating economy and democracy in the Republic of Moldova,” the MEP stated.

The final vote of the European Parliament on the proposal of granting micro-financial assistance worth 100 million euros to the Republic of Moldova is scheduled to take place in the plenary meeting, namely in the session of May 2017.

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