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EP: Moldova and Georgia should continue initiated reforms

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUMembers of the European Parliament welcome the reforms Georgia has commenced. At the same time, Moldova was criticized for its worsened state of democracy and rule of law, as reported by EP press-secretary in Latvia Signe Znotiņa-Znota.

The European Parliament approved two resolutions, in which implementation of associations agreements with Moldova and Georgia are covered, says Znotiņa-Znota.

MEPs welcome the reforms implemented by Georgia and the progress achieved with the association agreement. It is stressed that EU has become Georgia’s largest trade partners and the largest source of direct foreign investments.

This is why MEPs invite Georgian authorities to ensure stability and continuation of reforms to improve residents’ economic and social conditions. High levels of corruption in the country, problems with independence of the court justice system, human rights, use of media for political purposes and nature protection remain the chief concerns when it comes to Georgia, the resolution mentions.

MEPs also regretted seeing Russia continue occupying territories that belong to Georgia. MEPs once again voiced support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

EP rapporteur Andrejs Mamikins notes: «Georgia is positively changing its political identity since the Association Agreement was signed in 2014. Notwithstanding the persistent challenges related to corruption and labour rights, Georgia has made clear steps towards the European model of governance, and the structural reform of the ministries promises good results. I am also glad to see that human rights made it to the top of the political agenda. The EU, including the European Parliament, will maintain its engagement with and support to Georgia on its ambitious reform path».

EP mentions that Moldova should also continue with its commitment and implement social reforms. MEPs point towards progress made in trade, energy and public finance governance fields. At the same time, EP is concerned over the high corruption level, shortage of independence of the court justice system and reduced standards of democracy.

Moldova is caught in a trap consisting of oligarchs’ interests – economic and political power has ended up in the hands of a small group of people. Their influence reaches the parliament, government, political parties, state administration, justice system and media, the report mentions.

MEPs say Moldova will only get financial support after next year’s parliamentary elections, if they are found compliant with international standards.

EP rapporteur on Moldova Petras Auštrevičius: «The European Parliament remains seriously concerned about shrinking space for democracy and the rule of law in Moldova. At the same time, Moldova is of particular importance for the EU. I therefore continue to believe in open and democracy-based dialogue with the authorities in Chisinau aimed at full implementation of these key elements of the Association Agreement. This is the one and only way towards Europeanisation of Moldova. I reiterate that the future of EU-Moldova relations now very much depend on how the next parliamentary elections are run. It is not about who wins, it’s about how they win».

The resolution on Moldova was adopted by 396 vote to 76, with 186 abstentions, while the resolution on Georgia was approved by 528 votes to 97, with 34 abstentions.


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