Serbia's experience would reduce Moldova's participation in Eurasian Union, opinion

The pro-European forces in Moldova could use Serbia's experience in negotiating a Free Trade Agreement with the EU and renounce the observer status within the Eurasian Union (EEU), writes the political researcher Dionis Cenuşa in an analytical article for IPN New Agency.

He adds that the Free Trade Agreement with the CIS of 2012, which is not respected by Russia vis-à-vis Moldova, could be replaced.

In his article, the political researcher analyzes Moldova's relations with the EU and the Eurasian Union in comparison with Serbia.

The presence of Russia and the EEU in the equation is more visible in Moldova given the geopolitical preferences of the population, the political scientist notes.

Dionis Cenuşa recalls that the negative effects of corrupt governments under pro-European slogans in 2009-2019, as well as the lack of a clear European perspective, provided fertile ground for multi-vector foreign policies in Moldova.

He anticipates that the observer status in the Eurasian Union obtained by President Igor Dodon, deviating from the constitutional provisions, will favor the Eurasian vector in the country.

In his opinion, the mandatory delegation of a representative of Moldova to the Eurasian Commission and the intensification of institutional contacts, subordinated to the office of President Dodon, will allow an effective "popularization" of the EEU among the citizens.

The normalization of the Eurasian integration offers a "plan B" for future geopolitical (re)orientation, if the pro-Russian forces continue the political ascension in Moldova, and the EU diminishes its ambitions for transformation and integration with the Eastern Partnership, the political scientist emphasizes.

Strict fulfillment of the European agenda and the promotion of ambitious relations with the EU can remedy and diminish the Eurasian inclinations, inspired by President Igor Dodon. The sustainability of the European vector in Moldova, but also throughout the region, has a strong reversible composition, especially if the EU distances itself from the Western Balkans, and Russia, on the contrary, advances the Eurasian integration, warns Dionis Cenuşa at the conclusion of his article.