Moldova holds High-Level Political and Security Dialogue with the European Union 
March 27, 2023

Moldova holds High-Level Political and Security Dialogue with the European Union 

The second EU-Republic of Moldova High-Level Political and Security Dialogue was held in Brussels on 23 and 24 March, following its launch in Chisinau on 18 March 2022.

The high-level dialogue reconfirmed the mutual commitment and interest to enhance and intensify cooperation in the field of foreign and security policy, in line with a new strategic phase of EU-Moldova relations. It follows the European Council decision in June 2022 to grant EU candidate status to the Republic of Moldova.

“Our exchange on the security challenges Moldova is facing could not be timelier given the persistent attempts by Russia and its proxies to destabilise the country,” said Enrique Mora, Deputy Secretary-General at the European External Action Service, who co-chaired the Dialogue. “The EU continues to stand in strong solidarity with Moldova and will continue supporting it in its reform process as well as by strengthening its resilience on several dimensions.”

His counterpart, Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister Nicu Popescu said his country’s security and defence cooperation with the EU is “truly advancing to a new strategic level”. He expressed Moldova’s appreciation for the EU’s assistance, including via the European Peace Facility, and expertise-sharing in the area of cyber security, hybrid threats and fighting disinformation.

Both sides discussed the challenges Moldova is facing as a consequence of Russia’s hybrid actions, including weaponisation of energy and organised protests. The EU welcomed the firm position taken by Moldova in condemning Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and its steps to gradually increase its alignment with EU sanctions. 

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