Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov has joined forces with his counterparts from Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia on backing the EU integration of the Republic of Moldova.
The foreign ministers of the seven Eastern EU member-states, Bulgaria included, have signed a letter to the EU institutions in support of Moldova’s bid to join the EU. Should that happen in the future, Moldova might become the fourth former Soviet Union republic to do so, after the three Baltic states.
They believe that the EU should start talks with Moldova for a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), and to go into the second phase of EU visa liberalization process from there.
“Moldova’s government is carrying out difficult reforms on its EU integration, which is why it needs our full support,” Bulgaria’s top diplomat Nikolay Mladenov declared during his visit in Moldova’s capital Kishinev Thursday.
Mladenov met with Moldova’s Prime Minister Vladimir Filat and Moldavian Foreign Minister Iurie Leanca. He praised the government in Kishinev for accounting for the fact that “Moldova has no alternative but Europe”, and offered Bulgaria’s expertise on the former Soviet republic’s talks with the EU in various fields.