Governance must ensure coherence and continuity of European integration, opinion

The government’s European orientation is the most valuable asset, as it implies access to the European political, technical and financial assistance already provided by the EU, writes the political researcher Dionis Cenușa in an analytical article for the IPN Agency. 

If the government shows convincing results, then the support of European partners will increase and diversify. In order to be different from the previous government, the PSRM-ACUM coalition must face some challenges, believes the political researcher.

First of all, writes Dionis Cenușa the progress achieved by the oligarchic regime, to the same extent as its failures, requires an absolute embracing, in order to harness the former or correct the latter ones. The European integration takes place through gaining results, even if the political enemies contributed to them. The continuity, coherence and complementarity of political decisions help to bring Moldova closer to the EU.

Secondly, the performance of the government of Maia Sandu and the parliamentary majority will be seen in comparison with the performance of the previous government, comments the political researcher.

He recalls that the report of the implementation of the Action Plan on the Association Agreement for the first 6 months of 2019 indicates that only half (about 49%) of 129 actions were completed. At the same time, Dionis Cenușa is sure that the long post-election negotiations, followed by the political crisis, slowed down the implementation speed.

However, the reports for 2017-2018 showed a maximum implementation capacity of 66%. In order to demonstrate their skills and dedication to the European vector, the ACUM bloc will need to significantly exceed the degree of implementation achieved by the Democratic Party in the past, points out the political researcher.

Last but not least, from a technical and functional point of view, the government has the task of implementing and monitoring an extremely ambitious action plan for the period September 2019-2020, emphasizes Dionis Cenuşa.

The document elaborated and currently consulted with public combines the governance program, the National Plan for the implementation of the Association Agreement, as well as the conditions of the financing programs with the IMF and the World Bank, explains the political researcher.

Such an optimization of the resources available for the implementation of the government's action plan risks, in fact, to abolish the tradition of separate monitoring of the Association Agreement. The institutional optics of the European agenda may undergo certain changes too, reckoned Dionis Cenușa.

Even if the agglomeration of data simplifies the work of the government, it may complicate the understanding of developments strictly related to the commitments arising from the Association Agreement, the political researcher concludes.

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