At the end of an official visit to the Republic of Moldova from 16-18 July, Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), praised the country for its commitment to comply with Council of Europe standards and encouraged its authorities to continue its reform process. She stressed the good cooperation of the Republic of Moldova with the Council of Europe as well as the commitment of its parliamentary delegation to PACE and encouraged them to continue their good work.
In her address to the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, she underlined the important steps already made by the country while pointing out that there are still enormous steps to be taken.
“The Republic of Moldova has to seriously tackle corruption as well as guaranteeing the independence of the judiciary. Encouraging reforms have been made but ensuring their implementation remains a big challenge,” she said. “The monitoring procedure of the Parliamentary Assembly does not aim to blame or shame a country but to help in taking all the necessary steps to reach the standards of the Council of Europe,” she added.
Referring to the upcoming parliamentary elections this autumn, the President urged the various political parties to avoid raising tensions and divisions in Moldovan society by seeking what should unite them in the interest of Moldova’s people – democracy, human rights and the rule of law – rather than what divides them.
“One of the reasons for my visit to the Republic of Moldova, including to its Transnistrian region, is the crisis in its neighbouring country of Ukraine. I reaffirmed the importance of the respect for territorial integrity for the Council of Europe.”
“The Republic of Moldova has chosen the path towards further European integration with the European Union. It is up to each and every country to make that choice or not. It should not be seen as a choice against another country. It is an inclusive choice, not an exclusive choice,” she concluded.