EU hails Moldova progress and urges visa liberalization

The European Parliament has welcomed the latest moves by Moldova to improve relations with the EU and the country’s willingness to seek a solution to the Transnistrian issue.

In a resolution adopted on 21 October, MEPs call for a more robust EU role in mediating in the regional conflict.

The non-binding resolution stresses the substantial progress in EU-Moldova relations over the last year and calls on the Commission to swiftly adopt a visa liberalization plan for Moldovan citizens.

MEPs also welcome the willingness of the Moldovan government to seek a solution to the dispute over Transnistria.

This is in line with statements made last May by EU Foreign Policy High Representative Catherine Ashton after the Moldovan government presented an aide memoire confirming its readiness to further engage with all its partners.

MEPs support the territorial integrity of Moldova and call upon all parties to return to formal talks in the 5+2 format which brings to the negotiating table Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Transnistria and the OSCE, with the US and the EU as observers.

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