Prime Minister says government manages to re-bring things on right track
Prime Minister Pavel Filip and Parliament Speaker Andrian Candu today unveiled a progress report on fulfilling the measures contained in the Roadmap on priority reforms agenda for implementing the Moldova – European Union Association Agreement.
In the beginning, PM Pavel Filip stressed that the commitments taken had come as a response to the concerns set forth by the civil society and development partners of Moldova, including the European Union.
“This is a document, by which we assumed quite clear commitments before the development partners, which are measurable and limited in time. This was a goal, which is to say that Moldova is a rule of law state, within which law and supremacy of law are at the head of the table, so that all partners trust us,” the prime minister noted.
Referring to the results achieved, PM Pavel Filip highlighted that, due to the successful implementation of the commitments included in the Roadmap, authorities had managed to re-launch the reforms in key sectors, such as justice and business environment, which favourably contributes to developing a competitive national economy. At the same time, the government has regained the confidence of the European and American partners; the EU budgetary support is to be soon resumed, and the first installment of the loan provided by Romania will be earmarked till late August.
In the end of his speech, the PM said that he had never been more optimistic about the future of Moldova, stressing that the results achieved on this period confirmed that the country had a strong perspective of development.
“We have experienced a difficult period. Yes, we have not managed to change things entirely; yet, from my point of view, we succeeded in re-bringing them on the right path. I want to come up with a message of soul to Moldova’s citizens, to back these achievements, so that we can develop the country together,” Prime Minister Pavel Filip said.
For his part, Speaker Andrian Candu said that 74 actions of the Roadmap had been fully implemented so far, and another eight were under implementation. At the same time, the progress report unveiled today provides for a string of actions for the next parliament session, due to start on 1 September.
“This was a consolidated effort and a good instrument of institutional mobilization. This report also sees the actions we are set to achieve in next autumn; we will focus on implementing the reforms and assessing their impact on the citizens’ daily life. We are set to continue at the same high, intensified pace and in full cooperation between all institutions,” Andrian Candu said.
In the context, Pavel Filip and Andrian Candu said that they had signed a letter to EU High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, thereby informing the European officials about the progress recorded and priorities for the immediately next period.
It is worth mentioning that, in early next March, the government and parliament of Moldova jointly developed a Roadmap on priority actions, due to be undertaken to advance the reforms and speed up the process of implementing the Moldova – EU Association Agreement. The 82 measures included in the documents have been subsequently discussed at the Moldova – European Union Association Council, held in Brussels in 14 March 2016.