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Lithuanian president calls for political will for breakthrough as Moldova seeks to join EU

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda had a phone conversation with Moldovan President Maia Sandu on Tuesday and called on Chisinau to pool political will for a breakthrough in Moldova’s bid to become an EU member state.

Chisinau has made progress in implementing European reforms and EC recommendations, but it needs to make additional efforts and pool the political will for a decisive breakthrough, the Lithuanian leader said.

“Lithuania strongly supports Moldova’s ambition to become an EU member state. The country demonstrates respect for European values, supports the EU’s common foreign policy and is effectively implementing reforms. EU enlargement would help to ensure peace and stability in Europe,” Nauseda was quoted as saying in a statement released by his press service.

He says the next few months will be important for Moldova’s Euro-integration as the EC will publish a report on the progress made in implementing the recommendations on November 8, and the European Council will make decisions on the opening of EU membership negotiations in December.

Moldova applied for EU candidate status alongside Georgia in March 2022. Ukraine also applied fr it earlier. In June 2022, EU member states granted this status to Ukraine and Moldova, but not to Georgia, arguing that the country still needed more work.

Source: BNS

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