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Foreign Minister Paet to Participate in European Union Friends of Moldova Meeting

30.09.2010

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Today Foreign Minister Paet will participate in a meeting of the European Union foreign ministers’ Friends of Moldova group in Chisinau. At the meeting, the future of Moldova’s developments related to the European Union will be discussed.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that Estonia considers the European Union taking an active stance regarding Moldova to be very important. “We must move forward with deepening the dialogue with Moldova in order to help the nation grow closer to the European Union and make the implementation of political and economic reforms there more effective,” said Paet. “Moldova’s active participation in the European Union’s Eastern Partnership is also essential,” Paet noted, adding that interested parties from Moldova are welcome to attend the training seminar and conference taking place in the Eastern Partnership Training Centre in Tallinn at the end of November.

The foreign minister stated that Estonia will continue to support Moldova’s European Union endeavours in any way it can. Moldova remains one of Estonia’s priority development co-operation partners, which we have supported since 2000. “We are prepared to share our reform experiences with Moldova. For example, we will continue to organise trainings for Moldovan state officials to strengthen and firmly establish rule of law. The Foreign Ministry also supports the master’s and doctoral studies of Moldovan university students in Estonian universities and in research and development institutions,” Paet stated.

In addition to supporting Moldova’s reform endeavours, Foreign Minister Paet stated that we must also move forward quickly with negotiations for a new European Union-Moldova Association Agreement. “We also feel it is important for the European Union to implement visa freedom for Moldovan citizens and to conclude a free trade agreement,” he added.

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