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  • 19 February 2013

    European integration dominated the agenda of a joint visit paid in Chisinau on 19 February by Minister Radosław Sikorski, British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs William Hague and Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt.

    During a meeting with Moldova’s President Nicolae Timofti, the ministers talked about the country’s integration with Europe, the prospects of completing negotiations in the coming months and initialling the Moldova-EU association agreement at the Vilnius Eastern Partnership summit in November, as well as agreements on free trade (DCFTA) and visa-free travel regime.

     

     

    “Moldova embarked on the path towards the European Union later than Ukraine, but it is catching up fast and in 2013 we may see final decisions about the conditions of Moldova’s association with the EU. We shall complete negotiations and begin a process that leads to ratification,” said Minister Radosław Sikorski.

     

     

    The ministers also raised the topic of the current government crisis in Moldova and discussed ways of overcoming it. “What makes us optimistic is the fact that the talks with leaders of all coalition parties have demonstrated a universal determination to continue negotiations on bringing Moldova closer to Europe,” added the chief of Polish diplomacy. The discussion also focussed on how to solve the problem of Trasnistria, which the ministers visited during their stay in the country.

     

     

    While in Chisinau, Ministers Radosław Sikorski, William Hague and Carl Bildt held talks with Prime Minister Vlad Filat and Foreign Minister Iurie Leanca. In addition, they met with Speaker of the Parliament Marian Lupu, Chairman of the Liberal Party Mihai Ghimpu and Vladimir Voronin, former President and Chairman of the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova.    

     

     

    Press Office

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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