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Igor Dodon: Eastern Partnership Summit confirmed the illusion of European integration

On November 27th, the President of the Republic of Moldova, Igor Dodon, came up with a statement in the context of finished Eastern Partnership Summit held in Brussels last week.

According to Dodon, the Summit confirmed the “illusory character of the European integration” and that “Moldova’s case is in the last drawer of Europe’s preoccupations”. He believes that the recent events, including the Summit, revealed that Moldova is far away from the EU and that in Brussels, the essence of the current government is known.

The Moldovan President argues that the government from Chișinău uses its anti-Russian rhetoric “not only to become attractive for the West but also to create a favorable ideological background for the interior, for political and electoral considerations. Dodon qualifies this rhetoric as useless for the relations with the West and toxic for the social and economic development of Moldova because it would create ethnical and social divides within the country and harm the relations with the Eastern partners, especially the Russian Federation.

“In the last years, the citizens of the Republic of Moldova were victims of a massive manipulation campaign, whose goal was and is to prove that the integration within the European Union is not only a doable objective but also that it would be done in the close future”, declares Dodon, claiming that the European Union has enough internal problems and there are messages from Brussels that the EU doesn’t want an extension.

However, in the end, Dodon thanks the “European partners” for the support given to Moldova but asks them to recognize that Moldova must have a balanced foreign policy.

Later in the statement, he specifies that coming back to the strategic partnership with Russia is a necessity dictated by the present situation.

Pavel Filip, PM of Moldova who attended the EaP Summit, responded to President’s statement, calling it “disappointing and populist”. Filip says that during his many visits in Moscow President Dodon might see different the Eastern Partnership. The Prime-Minister ended his message by stressing that Moldova’s future is based on the “European project of modernization”, supported by the majority of citizens.

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James Pettit: The process of European integration is slowing down

Compared to the year 2016, Moldova’s European integration process has recently slowed down. The statement belongs to the US Ambassador to Chisinau, James Pettit. During a show at TVR Moldova television, the diplomat mentioned that a cause of the slowdown may be the fact that the Republic of Moldova is on the verge of parliamentary elections, IPN reports.

The ambassador considers that the biggest challenge in terms of European integration of the Republic of Moldova is corruption, which exists in all areas. At the same time, the diplomat claims that there are several areas that are not working well, including the legal sector that has not made much progress in recent years. As a national tragedy, the ambassador called the migration of the population of the Republic of Moldova.

The Ambassador said that the US is providing training through its programs for judges, lawyers, and civil servants.

“From time to time we have experts in the US or in Europe who can train these officials,” declared Pettit.

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Former communist deputy – the candidacy of the Government for the position of ambassador of R. Moldova in Switzerland

Oxana Domenti, the communist deputy who, in December 2017, renounced the parliamentary mandate and announced that she left politics, is the candidature of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration (MFAEI) for the position of Moldovan ambassador in the Swiss Confederation.

Today, September 12, her candidacy was approved by the Parliamentary Foreign Policy and European Integration Commission. Moreover, the Ambassador will hold the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Moldova at the UN Office in Geneva.

Pursuant to the Article 10 of the Law on Diplomatic Service, plenipotentiary ambassadors, permanent representatives, envoys and permanent envoys of duty, heads of diplomatic missions – are appointed and recalled by the President of the Republic of Moldova on a Government proposal.

Respectively, the candidacy of Oxana Domenti is to be approved by the members of the Executive, and the appointment decree is to be signed by the president Igor Dodon.

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Andrian Candu about the 7 expelled Turkish citizens: the case is not related to today’s government in Moldova or Turkey

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Today, Andrian Candu, Parliament Speaker, held a press conference after the parliamentary hearings in the case of the expulsion of 7 Turkish citizens from the country, organized on the platform of the National Security, Defense and Public Order Commission and the Parliamentary Control Committee on the Information and Security Service.

“It should be noted that this subject is complicated. Since 1997-1998, the SIS has overwhelmed terrorism (n.red: referring to the 7 Turkish expelled citizens). In the last 3-4 years, 48 foreign persons are oversight. 18 were declared undesirable and 7 were expelled. They have no connection with whoever is in Moldova or Turkey,” declared Candu among other statements.

According to the official, during the last 4-5 years, there are 60-70 expulsions and this is not a novelty for the authorities.

After completing his speech, Andrian Candu left the conference room without answering the questions of any attending journalists.

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