The government change in Chisinau following the February parliamentary elections marked a new beginning. The new government set goals to fight corruption, reform the justice sector and establish rule of law in Moldova. The government should be offered the opportunity to demonstrate that it can achieve these goals, bearing in mind that reforms take time to implement. The statements were made by German Ambassador to Moldova Angela Ganninger in an interview with IPN.
“They seek to fight corruption, reform the justice sector and establish an equitable state based on the rule of law in Moldova. Of course these are ambitious, major goals. It is a long and uphill path. Also the Government wants to promote economy and prosperity for the people, and this doesn’t happen overnight. But I think that the first steps have been made. They are based on genuine interest, even if there is no guarantee that the current coalition will be around for a long time and that all the goals will be attained during this year,” said the ambassador.
“The Government tried to achieve these goals, because the alternative is for the state of affairs to remain as they were before,” said the ambassador, adding: “And I think many people in Moldova were not very happy about how things were before.”
Angela Ganninger believes that the Government should be offered time and the opportunity to prove its worth. “If we look back three decades ago, in the GDR reforms took quite a while to implement. Such things don’t happen overnight, we should show patience and I hope the citizens of Moldova will show patience as well.”
Ambassador Angela Ganninger’s interview is part of an IPN series called “Moldova’s Relationships with its Development Partners” and supported by the German foundation Hanns Seidel.