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Visegrad Group, Baltic Countries welcome progress in European integration of the Republic of Moldova

Visegrad Group, Baltic Countries welcome progress in European integration of the Republic of Moldova

Leanca_The Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and European Integration Minister Iurie Leanca attended on March 5th an informal meeting of the foreign ministers of the Visegrad Group in Prague. The Czech Republic holds the presidency of this regional cooperation body.

The Baltic Countries, Denmark, which currently holds the EU Presidency, and the Eastern Partnership states were invited to the enlarged meeting. The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule represented the European bodies.

Referring to evolutions of the Eastern Partnership from retrospective and prospective viewpoints, Iurie Leanca emphasized the positive dynamic recorded in relations with Moldova in a relatively short period after the Warsaw summit. Conclusive examples are the initialing of the Agreement on Common Aviation Area with the EU, the launch of talks on the creation of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area and positive conclusions of the European Union's progress report that assessed the achievements in the implementation of the first stage of the visa dialogue.

In the light of Moldova's progress made while attaining the goals of its European agenda, as well as in the spirit of the declaration of the Warsaw Summit of the Eastern Partnership, the head of the Moldovan diplomacy stressed the need to work out a roadmap that will set short-term priorities of the bilateral and multilateral dimensions of the Partnership till the second half of 2013, on the basis of the principles of "more for more" and differentiation. As for the multilateral segment of the Eastern Partnership, Moldova sees cooperation to ensure transport and energy connections with the EU as particularly important.

In a joint declaration approved at the end of the ministerial meeting, the states of the Visegrad Group, Baltic Countries and Denmark expressed support for the European prospect of the Eastern Partnership states, and highlighted, in the context of the bilateral cooperation, the headway made by Moldova in its European integration.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Iurie Leanca held meetings with Commissioner Stefan Fule, Danish Minister for Trade and Investments Pia Olsen Dyhr, State Secretary at the Slovakian Foreign Ministry Milan Jezovica. The officials discussed Moldova's 2012 and medium-term priorities in relations with the European Union. A temporary horizon of these ties will be the summit of the Eastern Partnership due on the period of the Lithuanian EU Presidency in autumn of 2013.

Also, Iurie Leanca participated in the council of foreign ministers of the member states of the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development (GUAM- including Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova), held in Prague on the sidelines of the meeting of the Visegrad Group.