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EU Report Concludes Moldova Continues to Fulfil Visa Liberalisation Criteria, Urges for Further Efforts

Moldovan citizens can continue to travel without a visa to countries in the European Union and the Schengen area as the country continues to meet visa liberalization criteria.

These conclusions were made by the Sixth Report on Partnership Implementation of the Association Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova of the European Commission, reports.

However, the European Commission stressed that more efforts should be made in order to address the issue of unfounded applications for international protection and other issues such as preventing and combating corruption and organized crime.

In this regard, reported last month that the governments of France, Germany and Italy urged the European Union to review visa agreements with Moldova and several other countries, claiming that these countries were involved in alleged violations of these agreements by them. citizens.

Authorities in France, Germany and Italy have confirmed that they are looking into the possibility of re-imposing visa requirements for travelers from Moldova, Albania, Ukraine and Serbia, due to a rise in “unauthorized stay crimes”.

However, the recent EU Report on Partnership Implementation of the EU-Republic of Moldova Association Agreement concluded that “the early parliamentary elections on July 11, 2021, contributed to giving a strong mandate to the pro-reform forces to pursue an ambitious anti-corruption agenda.”

On the topic, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, welcomed Moldova’s commitment to reforms in specific areas of the EU-Moldova relationship and participation in the Eastern Partnership.

The elections held in the reporting period dramatically changed the political landscape, with a pro-reform party winning a parliamentary majority for the first time in Moldova’s history. Borrell noted that this opened a positive perspective for further strengthening EU-Moldova relations and working together on long-awaited reforms, restoring public confidence in the judicial and public administration system, and improving the country’s business and investment climate.

The report was prepared by the European External Action Service and the European Commission and presents the state of play in implementing reforms under the EU-Moldova Association Agreement. The last report in this regard was submitted on 12 September.

In July, an earlier European Commission report stressed that the authorities in Moldova must work even harder in order to ensure full compliance with the EU’s policy regarding visa-free entry for its citizens.

Besides Moldova, the commission’s report also urged other countries, such as Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia and Serbia as well as Georgia and Ukraine, to make more efforts regarding the visa-free entry process.

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