Europe Shows its Support for Moldova
Heads of state and government from almost 50 countries are expected for the second summit of the new European Political Community (EPG) in Moldova today.
The idea for this format came from French President Emmanuel Macron, intending to improve cooperation between states of the European Union and other European countries.
The focus of the talks at Mimi Castle in Bulboaca is likely to be Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine and its consequences. From the EU’s point of view, the summit should be a clear sign to Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin that his country is now almost completely isolated in Europe.
In the run-up to the summit, the EU Commission announced an aid package worth several hundred million euros for the Republic of Moldova. On the one hand, this is intended to alleviate the effects of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine and, at the same time, to bring the accession candidate Moldova closer to the EU, said EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Chisinau.
More than 100 million euros are to flow into the energy sector. Further money should go directly to Moldovan companies or be invested in the country’s rail expansion. The roaming charges between the EU and Moldova will also be reduced in the future. “My message to the people of Moldova is: we stand by your side. We support you every step of the way towards the European Union,” said von der Leyen.
The President of the EU Commission also acknowledged the country’s “great progress” on the way to EU membership. It is amazing how quickly the small neighbouring country of Ukraine is progressing. Almost a year ago, the EU declared Moldova and Ukraine as candidate countries.
The choice of the summit location is a signal of solidarity with the small country between Romania and Ukraine, where Russia is trying to exert its influence. The Russian leadership in Moscow is accused of deliberately wanting to destabilise the EU candidate country. The breakaway region of Transnistria in the east of the country on the Ukrainian border has been ruled by pro-Russian separatists for decades.