Expert: Moldova has to adopt two laws by next week to be eligible for a visa-free regime with the EU
Political expert of the Institute for Development and Social Initiatives (IDIS) Viitorul said that the Moldovan Parliament should approve the anti-discrimination bill and the law on the Anti-corruption Center’s reform no later than next week prior to the meeting of Moldova-EU Cooperation Council, Info-Prim Neo news agency reports.
IDIS analyst Leonid Litra told the agency that the Republic of Moldova should adopt the bills so that no EU member state opposes the decision to switch to the second stage of implementing the Action Plan on Visa Liberalization.
“Within the first stage, there is adopted only the legal framework. All the requirements of the EU were met and there is no reason for regarding the two laws that are to be passed as an obstacle to achieving this objective,” Leonid Litra said for Info-Prim Neo.
The expert also claimed that the Moldovan society will only benefit from these reforms, including from visa-free journeys in the European Union and from a wide reform of the justice sector.
Dirk Schuebel, the Head of the European Union Mission to Moldova previously stated for Moldova.ORG that visa liberalization concerns only short-term entry visas into the Schengen Area, up to 90 days.
“Once the visa requirement has been abolished, Moldovan citizens will be able to enter, and travel freely within the EU Member States who are members of the Schengen area for a period of three months. Visa liberalization does neither concern long term stays nor employment,” Mr. Schuebel said.
According to him, the situation for Moldovan citizens who would like to stay longer within the Schengen area will not change.
“They will have to obtain a national long-stay visa or a residence permit as it is currently the case. Legal employment will continue to depend on the applicable national rules, for example regarding working permits,” the EU official added.