On Thursday, June 1, the leaders of 50 EU member states and other states will meet in Moldova at the summit of the European Political Community. Many official representatives have already arrived in Chisinau. Valeria Nekipelova, correspondent of the FREEDOM TV channel, spoke about the first statements and a new assistance package for Moldova today, on May 31.
The leaders’ meeting will take place in Bulboaca village, which is located 35 km from Chisinau. Today was a busy day in Chisinau: many delegations and leaders arrived in the Republic of Moldova, some of them have already made their first statements. Moldovan President Maia Sandu met with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. They held a joint press conference.
“Your presence, dear Ursula, here is a very clear signal that the Republic of Moldova is not alone, just like our neighbor Ukraine, which has been resisting a full-scale Russian invasion with heroism and courage for a year and three months. The fact that the second meeting of the European Political Community is taking place 200 km from the border with Ukraine is proof of the strong unity on the European continent,” the President of Moldova said.
The press conference also discussed the European integration path, that is, Moldova’s path to the European Union, and a new assistance package for the Republic of Moldova, which should accelerate the very movement towards the EU. Ursula von der Leyen announced a new aid package.
“Today I am pleased to announce a new package for Moldova. We want to support you to solve the problem of the impact of war, which is literally at your doorstep. And we want to bring you closer to the European Union. This package has five very specific initiatives. First, we will introduce a law to reduce roaming charges between the EU and Moldova. I think this is a very good step that will benefit people and our companies, because cheaper roaming brings people together,” said the head of the European Commission.
Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, also arrived in Chisinau on the eve of the summit of the European Political Community. Together with Moldovan Foreign Minister Nicu Popescu and Moldovan Interior Minister Ana Revenco, he opened a new EU partnership mission in Moldova.
“We see attempts to destabilize Moldova economically or politically. Ultimately, Moldova is guided by a common goal: ensuring peace, security and stability for the citizens of Moldova and the citizens of the European Union, because we face the same problems. By making Moldova stronger, we are making the EU stronger too,” Borrell stressed.
Also, the head of European diplomacy handed over medical and engineering equipment for the Armed Forces of the Republic of Moldova. The equipment was financed from the European Peace Fund.