EU and Moldova launch high-level political and security dialogue

EU and Moldova launch high-level political and security dialogue

March 20, 2022

On 18 March, the first high-level political and security dialogue between the EU and Moldova began in Chisinau, as agreed at the last EU-Moldova Association Council in Brussels in October 2021.

Both parties, represented by the Political Director of the European External Action Service, Enrique Mora, and the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, Nicu Popescu, welcomed this new dialogue format as a new step in EU-Republic of Moldova relations, reflecting the mutual commitment and interest to enhance cooperation in the field of foreign and security policy, in line with the Association Agreement. 

Enrique Mora noted “Moldova’s impressive efforts in managing the highest influx of refugees per capita among Ukraine’s neighbouring countries”, adding that “the EU will continue to support Moldova in further strengthening its resilience and looks forward to enhancing cooperation in the field of security and defence.”

Deputy Prime Minister Nicu Popescu confirmed that EU-Moldova cooperation is focused both “on the urgent issues such as managing the refugee influx, but also on steps aimed at strengthening our resilience”. 

The sides discussed further cooperation in the field of security, notably on cyber security, fighting disinformation and enhancing cooperation under the European Peace Facility as well as closer cooperation on countering hybrid threats.

Mora also reiterated the EU’s unwavering support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Moldova within its internationally recognised borders with a special status for the Transnistrian region. The parties reaffirmed their commitment towards a comprehensive, peaceful and sustainable settlement of the Transnistrian conflict within the framework of the 5+2 format.

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