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Report stressed the need to tackle high-level graft, recover the money lost in the ‘theft of the century,’ and prosecute the culprits.9 April 2018
A joint report released on 5 April by the European External Action Service and the European Commission said that Moldova will receive 100 million euros ($123 million) in financial assistance only after some policies are changed, certain political criteria are met, and progress is made on a program that the country has with the International Monetary Fund.
Siegfried Muresan (pictured), vice-chair of the European parliament’s budget committee, told The Guardian “we are ready to make the money available. This is the right thing to do for a country in the immediate neighborhood of the EU to contribute to increasing stability, both economically and security wise. But we said subject to conditions.”
Muresan explained that the funds, which would consist of 40 million euros in grants and another 60 million euros in loans, were frozen last year after Chisinau approved a controversial new electoral system that will see the proportional voting system replaced by a mixed system, with some lawmakers elected in first-past-the-post races. The move came despite warnings from the Venice Commission, an EC advisory body on law and democracy, that the law risked “undue influence and manipulation” of the political process, according to The Guardian.
Moldovan President Igor Dodon, often at odds with the pro-Western government, seems to have done little to calm the worries of the European Union. He wrote on Facebook on 5 April that he had met with Egidijus Vareikis and Maryvonne Blondin, co-rapporteurs for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)’s monitoring of Moldova. The president said he told his foreign guests that the situation in the country is a lot worse than nine years ago in the fields of battling corruption, press freedom, and judiciary reform.
“I emphasized that this was the reason why the degree of trust of the Moldovan population in the European Union almost halved, after the current ‘pro-European’ alliance came to power in 2009. The PACE co-rapporteurs said that the EU intends to offer help for the development of our country. I thanked our European partners, but I also urged them to help us put in practice and implement some real reforms in the judicial field.”
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