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Bucharest to host second edition of Moldova Support Conference

Romania’s Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu will co-chair on Friday in Bucharest, together with his German counterpart Annalena Baerboc and France’s Minister of State for Development, Francophonie and International Partnerships Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, the second edition of the ministerial meeting of the Moldova Support Conference.

According to the Foreign Ministry (MAE), representing Moldova at the meeting will be an important ministerial delegation led by Minister of Labour and Social Protection Marcel Spatari. Moldova’s President Maia Sandu will deliver a speech virtually to the opening of the conference.

Attending the event will be delegations from EU member states, the G7 and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), officials of the European Commission, the European External Action Service, as well as international financial institutions and international organisations, including the secretary general of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OECD), the vice-president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, representatives of the World Bank, the European Investment Bank and specialist UN agencies.

The focus of the Bucharest Conference will be on supporting Moldova’s reform endeavours, including achieving the objectives set by the European Commission in its opinion of June 17, 2022, which proposed giving Moldova the EU candidate status and was the basis for the decision of the European Council in late June under which the status was granted.

An essential component will be the meeting of the five working groups of the Support Platform for Moldova, composed of governmental experts from the participating states. These groups work in key areas: the humanitarian situation of Ukrainian refugees accommodated by Moldova; the fight against corruption; energy security; financial assistance, and border management. During the meeting, the extension of the working groups will be examined in order for them to respond adequately to Moldova’s needs for reform.

The first edition of the meeting took place on April 5 in Berlin and generated important political, financial and technical support to the direct benefit of the country.

According to MAE, this international format under which Moldova enjoys in-depth support is essential amid an accumulation of crises besieging Moldova, especially in energy and economic terms, exacerbated by the consequences of Russian military aggression against Ukraine.

Aurescu announced in Berlin the hosting by Romania of the second edition of the ministerial conference, taking into account Romania’s special relations with Moldova, based on a communion of language, culture and history, as well as a bilateral strategic partnership for Moldova’s European integration launched in 2010.

The Berlin conference generated financial commitments worth 659.5 million euros in loans, budget support and financial assistance, commitments to relocate 12,000 Ukrainian refugees from other countries to Moldova, as well as humanitarian aid worth 71.3 million.

 

Via Agerpres

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