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Full support for the European aspirations of the Republic of Moldova

Strasbourg, 19.09.2013 – Jean-Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), today hailed the clear willingness of the Republic of Moldova to advance on the path towards European integration, speaking at the end of an official visit to the country (17-19 September 2013).

The Association Agreement with the European Union is a “win-win” for the EU, the Council of Europe and the Republic of Moldova, the President said, expressing his full support for the authorities’ European aspirations.

“The EU and the Council of Europe seek the same goals when it comes to the defence of our standards in terms of human rights and democracy. It is therefore vital that the Republic of Moldova makes progress towards fulfilling the obligations and commitments it undertook when it joined the Council of Europe.

While recognising the progress made since 1995, efforts should be re-doubled ahead of the Vilnius Summit. I believe the Assembly’s monitoring report is a sound basis for bringing forward reforms of the justice sector and the Prosecutors’ Office, combating corruption, promoting pluralism in the media, and tackling discrimination.

At the same time, there should be practical support for Moldova and its people to enable them to fully benefit from Europe’s advantages. In this context, visa liberalisation represents a strong and practical motivating force, and I hope that there can be progress in this area soon,” the President said.

“As regards the search for a solution to the conflict in the Transnistrian region, I re-affirm our attachment to full respect for the territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova. I encourage the authorities in Chisinau and in Tiraspol to show a spirit of openness and goodwill in the search for a solution. I reiterate my proposal to encourage a dialogue between elected representatives from Chisinau and Tiraspol through the use of PACE as a platform.

Concerning the functioning of parliamentary democracy, I encourage all political parties to pursue constructive dialogue, particularly in the search for solutions, and to make progress on questions of strategic reform. I recall the necessity of finding workable constitutional guarantees against any repeat of the institutional impasses which paralysed the Republic of Moldova following the failure to elect a President of the Republic,” the President said. PACE, the Council of Europe and its Venice Commission were all on hand to support the Moldovan authorities in the search for appropriate solutions, he concluded.