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Four MEPs distance themselves from Ilan Shor, EPP warns it does not support Shor party

The five MEPs meeting with Ilan Shor, the "operator" of the Grand Moldovan Theft

24 January 2018- In a statement, four Italian members of the European Parliament from the EPP group denounced the way the Shor Party and some press outlets reported their recent visit to Orhei, the Moldovan city where the infamous banker Ilan Shor is mayor. The MEPs are Fulvio Martusciello, Stefano Maullu, Alberto Cirio and Salvatore Domenico Pogliese.

According to them, the visit was used to attack the center-right opposition in Moldova, to discredit the European People’s Party and to misguide the public opinion:

“We deeply regret the malicious manipulations by the Shor party and the press regarding our last visit to Moldova. This visit to Moldova was conducted in our private capacity and does not represent, in any way, the European People’s Party’s (EPP) intention nor wish to express support or to work with Ilan Shor or with the Shor party.The use of the visit by the media – controlled by the Shor party and the ruling party – to attack the opposition, shows a desperate attempt to discredit the EPP, the center-right opposition in Moldova and to misguide the public opinion. ”

The decision to distance from Shor comes after the EPP group declaration on the visit of the four Italian MEPs and another Czech EPP MEP, Tomas Zdechovsky.  According to the Foreign Affairs Coordinator of the EPP, Cristian Preda, the visit itself and the declarations of the given MEPs do not represent the position of the EPP in matters of foreign policy:

“The European People’s Party does not have anything in common with Mr.Shor and his party”, stated the Romanian MEPadding that Maia Sandu’s Action and Solidarity Party and Andrei Năstase’s Platform “Dignity and Truth” truly represents the pro-European, democratic forces with engagement to the anti-corruption fight Moldova needs.

The four MEPs and the EPP can have the right to be concerned about how Shor’s media reflected their visits: they allegedly pledged to support Shor in his political career, appreciated his projects in Orhei, even promised support in the investigation of the banking frauds, questioned the Kroll report.

Ironically, just after the release of the EPP statement, the Shor party issued a report on its Vice-President, Marina Tauber (Shor’s former business partner), meeting the Vice-President of the European Parliament, EPP-affiliated FIDESZ MEP, Livia Jaroka. The meeting was reportedly focused on “the role of women in politics” and the issues of “anti-semitism and xenophobia”.

EPP can issue statement after statement condemning Shor, but eventually, lobby groups will do their best with Shor’s money to make EPP MEPs or other figures available for meetings and discussions with the former banker or his associates.

Ilan Shor has other “supporters” in the European Parliament: French MEP Jean-Luc Schaffhauser (who helped French Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen obtain a 9 million euros loan from the First Russian-Czech Bank), Italian MEPs Elisabetta Gardini (VP of EPP, supporter of lifting personal sanctions against Russian officials), Lorenzo Fontana (Lega Nord). Schaffhauser, Fontana, and the above-mentioned Alberto Cirio visited the separatist entities in Eastern Ukraine, while Gardini failed to visit illegally-occupied Crimea. His sudden visits to the EP drew quite some attention in the international and national press.

A central figure of the Kroll report on the “Billion Theft”, Ilan Shor was sentenced to 7,5 years in prison for particularly large scams, money laundering. Shor is accused of obtaining more than 5 billion lei from Banca de Economii in loans, from 4th to 25th of November 2014, the sum being confirmed by the Kroll report, and then laundering them through offshore companies. Ilan Shor has been under preventive arrest since 22 June 2016 but then released in June 2017. He is currently the mayor of Orhei, a city in the center of Moldova.

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IRI Survey: 46% of Moldovans would vote for joining the European Union, 36%- Eurasian Union

16 July 2018- The International Republican Institute published a new poll on the social-political opinions of Moldovan people.

The poll reflects increased interest of Moldovans in participating in the next parliamentary elections:

The Moldovans seem to be driven by dissatisfaction with the pace of change:

Here are few of the data of the poll we thought are interesting:

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MAE: Romania attaches great importance to Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine’s political association with EU

Romania attaches great importance to speeding up the economic integration and political association of the Republic of Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine with the European Union, Romania’s Foreign Ministry (MAE) quotes Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu as saying at an EU meeting on Monday.

Melescanu attended a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels that discussed the Eastern Partnership, and Libya.

“With regard to the Eastern Partnership, the foreign ministers reviewed the latest developments in meeting the 20 concrete results to be achieved by 2020 as set by the European summit of November 24, 2017. Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu reiterated Romania’s support for the consolidation of the Eastern partnership and the EU’s relationship with all the six partner states – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – in order to implement the reforms and policies of the Agenda 2020 to the direct benefit of the citizens. He underlined the major importance attached by Romania to the further development of additional co-operation ways with the three countries that have concluded association agreements with the EU (Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine) in order to speed up the political association and economic integration of these countries with the European Union, aiming to ensure stability, security and prosperity in the region. He highlighted the priority that will be given to this file under the Romanian presidency of the EU Council in the first half of 2019,” according to MAE.

The meeting offered the ministers the opportunity to address the latest domestic developments in Libya, focusing on political and security levels, as well as migration issues.

Melescanu reiterated Romania’s position on the EU’s efforts to support the UN plan of action to identify an inclusive political solution, sustainable stabilisation and internal security in Libya.

According to MAE, a working lunch allowed for an exchange of views on regional developments in the Korean Peninsula and highlighted the EU’s readiness to support the diplomatic process aimed at denuclearising the peninsula and inter-Korean reconciliation. Melescanu underscored the importance of maintaining a constant commitment of all the players involved in the region to achieve concrete and sustainable results with full, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation.

On the side-lines if the of the FAC meeting, Melescanu had a meeting with EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Common Security Federica Mogherini, informing about Romania’s interest in adequately marking the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership under the Romanian presidency of the EU Council in the first half of 2019. At the same time, Melescanu highlighted the importance of the support of EU institutions and of the personal involvement of the European official in ensuring that this is a success story.

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Should parliamentary elections be held next Sunday, four parties would pass over the threshold into the legislature. They are PSRM, PPDA, PAS and PDM. This comes out of the latest poll by the Sociologists and Demographers Association from Moldova.

Almost 50% of the respondents with clear voting intentions would cast their ballots for the Socialists Party (49.7%). The number of the Socialists’ voters has slightly dropped, compared to the results of a similar research presented in April (50.5%).

PPDA would come second and would collect 15.9% of the votes of the interviewed. In April, the rating of Andrei Năstase’s party was 8.9%.

The Democratic Party from Moldova would garner 13.5%, compared to 10.7% in April. The ranking of the parties with chances to get into the Parliament is closed by Maia Sandu’s organization. PAS would get 11.1% of the votes from the decided respondents, as compared to 19.3% in the previous poll.

The poll was carried out from June 26 through July 7 on a sample of 1,195 respondents from 81 Moldovan localities. The error margin is +/-3%.

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