Dragoș Tudorache: I haven’t heard doubts about Moldova

The decision about the opening of EU-Moldova accession negotiations is eminently a political one, said Romanian MEP Dragoș Tudorache. According to him, the European Council’s decision of this December will refer not only to Moldova, but also to Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Some of the EU member states haven’t yet reached a consensus about Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina and this implies particular risks for Moldova too, IPN reports.

The Romanian MEP noted that the decision about the opening of accession negotiations will be a combined one and will refer to Moldova, Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Even if the European Commission’s decision is important, it is not decisive.

“The final decision will be taken by the European Council and this is eminently a political one. The European Commission’s report is a necessary, important precondition that transmits a clear political message from the European Executive. But the European Council’s decision will take all the aspects into account. Everything is on the table. It is not an analysis that refers to the Republic of Moldova only. The combined Ukraine-Republic of Moldova decision has existed from the start, but the European Commission’s report covered also Bosnia and Herzegovina so as to give a clear signal to the Balkan countries too. So, it is a complex decision that the European Council is to take in December. Eventual risks derive from the complexity of this decision,” Dragoș Tudorache stated in the program “Emphasis on Today” on TVR Moldova channel.

According to the European official, in the European chancelleries, there is no consensus about the opportunity of staring accession negotiations with Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina. By all signals, the Republic of Moldova is privileged in this regard.

“There is no consensus. There are capital cities that still work to define a decision until December. Some of these have doubts about the opportunity of having Bosnia part of this combined decision. There are also capitals that have reservations as to the moment and calendar concerning Ukraine. Sincerely, I haven’t heard doubts about Moldova and this is good, but the decision will refer to all the three states. That’s why particular things are yet to be agreed politically until then,” noted the European official.

A final decision on the eventual opening of the EU-Moldova accession negotiations will be taken at the European Council’s meeting of December 14-16 in Brussels.

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