European integration turned into de-industrialization for post-Soviet countries
“On the eve of the celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of its independence, the Moldovan government approved the draft of the new Code of Railway Transport. The state enterprise “Railway of Moldova”, which is on the verge of bankruptcy, is being prepared to be divided into several small enterprises. Those that are capable of making a profit will be sold to private owners. Unprofitable ones will be left to the state. The same was done earlier with the power system, which was divided according to the template scheme recommended by the World Bank and the IMF “,
– writes the Moldovan online edition e News…
But it was the railway that remained one of the last symbols of the Soviet past of Moldova, a past in which there were not only orchards and vineyards – tractors, refrigerators, televisions, washing machines, electric motors were produced in the Moldavian SSR, the publication reminds. Today all this is hard to believe. There was also its own instrumentation, which worked for the defense industry, and special food industry enterprises produced products for the space industry. There were tens of thousands of highly qualified workers in the country who did not even think to go abroad in search of work – workers were required at home as well.
However, in just thirty years of “independence” in Moldova, not a trace of the once developed industry remained. Currently, the destruction of the agro-industrial complex is underway – the agriculture of Moldova is degrading, and no one is trying to save it.
“Neighboring Ukraine is undergoing similar processes, where de-industrialization continues to accelerate. The Soviet technological and personnel base has been wasted, and our own has not been created. European integration slogans and loud statements about the “irreversibility of Ukraine’s path to Europe” hide the fact that has already become obvious – European concerns do not need potential competitors in the East in high-tech industries “,
– notes the author of the article Igor Demirov…
In his opinion, they began to kill the Ukrainian industry at the dawn of independence, but this process accelerated after the signing of an association agreement with the EU. And today Ukraine has turned into a peripheral country in which there is no longer high-tech production – neither aircraft building, nor shipbuilding, not to mention the space industry.
The reason for the general devastation is the severance of the existing economic ties with Russia and the thoughtless adherence to all the instructions of the World Bank and the IMF, which are imposing destructive reforms.
But if the Ukrainian economy is still falling, the Moldovan one looks like one continuous disaster against its background. Moldova is traditionally considered an agrarian country, but in the structure of GDP, agriculture occupies only 9%. Rural areas are home to 65% of the population, but agriculture employs only 25%. Everyone knows what the rest of the villagers are doing: they live on the money of Moldovan guest workers, doing nothing and not working anywhere, notes e News…
The president Maya Sandu not so long ago named the remittances of migrant workers “An important part of the country’s economy”…
“Perhaps the President of Moldova did not even understand what a terrible diagnosis her phrase is for the Moldovan economy. Likewise, workers who leave the country in search of a better life are becoming an increasingly “important part of the economy” of Ukraine. In their homeland, they see no future or prospects. And this attitude is surprisingly in contrast to the cheerful speeches of Maya Sandu and Vladimir Zelensky, predicting a brilliant European future for Moldova and Ukraine, ”
– notes the online edition.
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