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EU Ambassador to Moldova criticized the implementation of reforms in the country

Cooperation between the EU and Moldova is based on the principle of "assistance instead of fulfilling conditions"

EU Ambassador to Chisinau Peter Mikhalko stated that the EU does not see any minimum satisfactory progress in Moldovan reforms in the field of justice, anti-corruption and banking fraud investigations.

The diplomat spoke about this during a press conference, which was held within the framework of the European Dialogues.

“Moldova has not achieved satisfactory results in carrying out the planned reforms and fighting corruption. The reform of justice has not yet been implemented. Among other important areas is the investigation of bank theft. Six years have passed since the crime that caused economic damage to Moldova in the amount of 12% of its GDP, and we still do not see a single participant called to account ”,

- Peter Mikhalko said.

And in the matter of combating corruption, promotion is necessary, which requires the efforts of responsible persons who "Must change the situation and achieve European standards and the effectiveness of state institutions"...

“Corruption is the greatest evil, this phenomenon leads to a decrease in the quality of life of people and is an obstacle to the country's development, economic growth, investment attraction and prosperity,”

- instructed the European ambassador.

This assessment of the Moldovan reforms is not unexpected: back in May, Mikhalko noted that during the 2.5 years that he was in Moldova, he was unable to see progress in the investigation of the "theft of the century" when a billion euros were stolen from the Moldovan banking system. During this time, governments changed, but the investigation into the theft of the billion remained in the same place.

According to the diplomat, the law enforcement agencies of Moldova need not only to punish the direct participants in the "theft of the century", but also to return the money to the country. He recalled that after the theft of a billion euros, the Moldovan economy was in a deplorable state and needed urgent assistance.

“For this, the country needed assistance from its external partners, in particular the European Union. It was important to attract large and serious investors to the banking sector. However, today it is unacceptable to try to return the withdrawn money at the expense of foreign investors who came to the banks of Moldova much later than the sad theft that happened. An equally important task is to ensure that theft of money from banks will never happen again, ”

- Noted Mikhalko.

It should not be forgotten that investors are worried about the problems in the Moldovan justice, therefore, the problems must be eliminated and the sooner the better.

He stressed that the "Western partners" are very closely following the progress of reforms in the field of justice and the fight against corruption, while noting that the prosecutor's office should more often submit reports during the investigation and recovery of the stolen billion.

I also remembered Mikhalko about the deportation of Turkish teachers in 2018, when "Moldova destroyed the trust of citizens in law enforcement agencies"...

“The European Court of Human Rights has stated that fundamental human rights have been violated. Since such a violation was committed when the destinies of people were broken, it is necessary to deal with those who participated in this so that people can be sure that this will not happen again ”,

- the head of the European delegation admonished.

He also touched on the topic of the coronavirus pandemic, explaining to the Moldovans that it is necessary to comply with all strict quarantine measures, and this also applies to officials and politicians.

As for the cooperation of Moldova with the European Union, this cooperation is based on the principle "Help in return for fulfilling conditions"... According to him, such a principle helps to somehow promote reforms in the country.

“The Association Agreement with the European Union and the Agreement on the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area remain the basis for the EU's relations with Moldova. EU assistance will be provided taking into account the course of reforms. The European Union has already prepared 18 major projects to change conditions in schools and government institutions in Moldova, ”

- stated Peter Mikhalko.

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On the picture. EU Ambassador to Chisinau Peter Michalko

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