Moldova given as example for states within Eastern Partnership of EU
The countries of EU’s Eastern Partnership, including Moldova have launched their first Informal Dialogue in Chisinau yesterday. The meeting was chaired by the Moldovan Foreign Minister Iurie Leanca. Among the EU officials were Commissioner Stefan Fule and High Commissioner Catherine Ashton.
“Today marks a new phase of the Eastern Partnership. The Road Maps covering both bilateral and multilateral cooperation have been presented recently by HRVP Ashton and myself and we will use this Informal Dialogue to guide the implementation of the Eastern Partnership objectives to help us define our priorities until the next summit which will take place in 2013,” Commissioner Fule said in an opening statement.
Eastern Partnership is an alliance between Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia. It aims on strengthening the relations between these countries and the European Union by providing assistance and signing joint documents and projects.
Mr. Fule said that it is not by chance that the first informal dialogue takes place in Chisinau.
“Moldova is a very good example of how the determination in the implementation of the agreed reforms and increased EU assistance can move the country ever closer to the EU to the benefit of its citizens,” Mr. Fule added.
The active exchange of opinions between the Eastern partners and the EU has emphasized the potential of the dialogue to identify and apply the new co-operation opportunities, shows a statement of the press service of the Moldovan Foreign Ministry.
A Cooperation Council between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova is due to take place on June 26, when an agreement on the establishment of the common airspace will be signed. Such a project will ease the possibility to attract foreign airlines to fly from Moldova, including low-cost carriers.
Recently Air Moldova carrier and Romania’s Blue Air low-cost airline have established a contract to provide low-cost fares for the Moldovan travelers to over 50 European destinations. Another airline (Moldavian Airlines) launches during these days three direct flights from Chisinau to Italy for 85 Euro per segment.