Vilnius EaP Summit will represent this year’s event, statement

By launching the construction of the Ungheni-Iasi gas pipeline, on the Independence Day, an important step was taken towards ensuring the country’s energy security, considers Prime Minister Iurie Leanca. However, he said that the events of this year will be the initialing of the Association Agreement with the European Union and the taking of the decision to initiate the discussions on the liberalization of the visa regime at the EU Eastern Partnership Summit of Vilnius.

In an interview for IPN, Iurie Leanca said that before the Vilnius Summit the Moldovan authorities have a series of commitments to fulfill so as to convince the European Commission that Moldova meets the conditions needed to start the discussions on the liberalization of visas with the EU member states

“The Summit is a significant event, but it is much more important what we will do afterward and how accelerated the pace of reforms will be as we must sign the Association Agreement as quickly as possible,” said the head of Government.

As to Moldova’s image abroad, the Premier said the appearance of the independent state Moldova, after the dismemberment of the USSR, was welcomed with enthusiasm. “We were encouraged, but were also criticized when we deviated from the European spirit,” he stated.

According to him, the 22 years of independence showed that when you know what you want and have will and you admit that you have problems and ask for assistance, your efforts are supported. The realities of the last few years proved this.

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