EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule told the countries of the EU’s Eastern Partnership, including Moldova that “there is a need for vigorous reform implementation resulting in sustainable, tangible and visible deliverables.”
Meeting in Tbilisi with the Foreign Ministers of Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Belarus, the officials discussed about what it takes to achieve a successful Summit in Vilnius in November this year.
As previously voiced, the Republic of Moldova might be ready to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union during the Summit scheduled for the end of the year.
“We expect that the Vilnius Summit will yield concrete results, and we will manage to conclude an Association Agreements with Georgia, Moldova and Armenia,” EU’s Stefan Fule said.
He expressed the European Union’s readiness to continue and increase its financial assistance to the countries engaged in reform-making processes based on “more for more principle.”
“The greater the commitment to advancing reforms, the more the European Union will be in a position to support partners,” assured Stefan Fule.
Moldova-EU Association Agreement negotiations started in January 2010, whereas the dialogs on the trade part of the agreement – the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area – began in February 2012.
Negotiations on the Association Agreement advanced quite a lot in 2012. The biggest achievements of last year in Moldova-EU relations have been the implementation of the Aviation Agreement, the country’s accession to the 7th EU Framework Programme on Research and Development, as well as progression to the second round of negotiations on the liberalization of the visa regime.