European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced an additional energy support package for the Republic of Moldova on a visit to the Moldovan capital Chisinau today.
First, the EU is pledging €200 million to help Moldova meet its gas supply needs. This will consist of €100 million in grants and €100 million in loans. The money should be available from January 2023.
Secondly, the EU will provide an additional €50 million for budgetary support to Moldova to help the most vulnerable groups of population.
Finally, the EU will work closely with donors to provide additional support to Moldova through the Moldovan support platform, which will meet on 21 November in Paris.
Ursula von der Leyen added that In this context the European Commission is working with the Energy Community Secretariat to put in place an energy rescue scheme for Moldova to allow donors to support energy purchases.
Von der Leyen said the Republic of Moldova was facing an acute energy crisis related to both supply of gas and electricity and the affordability of gas and electricity. The country has also accommodated around 80,000 Ukrainian refugees – “a small country with a big-big heart”, said von der Leyen.
“I hope that these measures combined will give Moldova much needed support as it goes through the winter,” concluded Ursula von der Leyen at her joint press conference with Moldovan President Maia Sandu. “Moldova is not only our neighbour and our partner and a close friend but, of course, a candidate for membership in the European Union. Moldova is part of our European family and family must stick together when the times are getting tough and difficult.”
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