José Manuel Durão Barroso
President of the European Commission
Statement by President Barroso following his meeting with Nicolae
Timofti, President of Moldova
Brussels, 27 April 2012
Good morning ladies and gentlemen,
It is a pleasure to welcome President Nicolae Timofti of Moldova to the
European Commission today.
I congratulated President Timofti for his recent election and commended
his strong commitment to Moldova's 'European Course.' The fact that the
President is visiting Brussels on his first trip abroad since he was
elected is a clear demonstration of his commitment and the commitment
of Moldova for a closer relationship with the European Union.
We just had a frank and very productive meeting in a very constructive
atmosphere. Moldova is an active member of our Eastern Partnership and
the European Union is fully engaged in supporting Moldova's reform
process. President Timofti's election was an important and decisive
step in consolidating political stability in the country which will
certainly allow the country to concentrate on the needed political and
economic reforms. This is essential to foster progress and stability in
Moldova and to bring our ties closer.
Indeed, we are working closely together. We are negotiating an
Association Agreement and we have recently opened talks on a Deep and
Comprehensive Free Trade Area, which is a key element of that
Association Agreement. This was a very important step forward in
EU-Moldova trade relations.
The EU is already Moldova's first trading partner and the DCFTA process
offers Moldova a great opportunity to reform its trade and investment
policies and to further its economic modernization and the wellbeing of
But as we have also discussed with the President,, our agreements are
not all about economy and trade. They are also about the European
values that we share. Democracy, fundamental rights and the rule of law
are at the core of our Association Agreements that we are negotiating
and they are the solid foundations of our present and future relations.
In addition to trade, we had the opportunity to discuss the latest
developments regarding our visa dialogue. Moldova is approaching the
finalisation of the first phase of its Visa Liberalisation Action Plan
with the EU, and I encourage the Moldovan authorities to address the
remaining issues to allow us to move on to the second phase of the
action plan. We discussed this in concrete terms.
I also expressed satisfaction at the recent initialling of the upgraded
visa facilitation agreement on 22 March. We look forward to a swift
signature and ratification of this agreement, which will further ease
the visa application process for the citizens of Moldova.
Finally, we also touched upon regional issues, particularly the '5+2'
negotiations regarding Transnistria. In this respect, I paid tribute to
Moldova's constructive approach in these negotiations and reaffirmed
our commitment to the process.
We, at the European Union, understand well the many challenges that
Moldova faces. But we are ready to stand side by side with the Moldovan
authorities and the Moldovan people in their journey to progress and
prosperity. Indeed, we support Moldova in practical ways through our
assistance, which has been substantially stepped up so as to exceed
EUR100 million next year.
So, my message today to the President was very clear: Moldova is among
friends here and we support the country's reformist agenda. From the
part of the European Commission you can count on a steadfast partner. I
believe this is in the interest of Moldova's future and our relations
with your country. I am sure that our ties will grow stronger in the
months and years to come. I really appreciated our meeting and I wish
you, Mr President, and I wish the Moldovan people all the best for your
I thank you for your attention.