Moldovan President: A developed economy based on EU model will allow citizens to return home
Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti wants to allow citizens working in the European Union zone to return home by developing the economy in accordance with EU principles, Romania’s Evenimentul Zilei newspaper informs in an exclusive interview with the President.
More than 500,000 citizens of Moldova live and work abroad. Some are working illegally. According to Mr. Timofti, the people change their viewpoints as they reside in EU member states.
There is a tendency among Moldovans “to adjust to a certain way of life. Living there for a long time they become other people, and what they experience in EU countries, they share with people at home who may want to leave Moldova,” Nicolae Timofti said.
Asked to explain how he plans to enourage Moldovans to return home, he explained that such a goal may be a challenge to achieve.
“I didn’t say I am going to do it today or tomorrow. I said that it is a goal,” the Moldovan President said.
Nicolae Timofti explained that if an economy is achieved that is based on the market relations at the European level, those workers who have their relatives back in Moldova will have no further interest to work abroad under the same conditions.
“They will come home. This is the idea,” said Mr. Timofti, adding that following an economic development based on an EU model, will succeed in encouraging Moldovans to return home.
“Otherwise, I see no other possibility,” the President of Moldova said.
Hundreds of thousands of Moldovans work abroad in countries like Russia, Italy, Spain, Portugal and other EU countries.