Moldovan PM has meeting with European Commissioner for Economy
17:01 | 27.09.2021 Category: Official
Chisinau, 27 September /MOLDPRES/ - Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita, during her official visit to Brussels, has had a meeting with European Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni. The PM thanked for the support from which Moldova had benefited through the OMNIBUS MFA programme and for the decision to reimburse the second installment of the OMNIBUS assistance, worth 50 million euros, which will reach Chisinau in early next October, the government’s communication and protocol department has reported.
The officials discussed the need to advance in the recovery of the money from the bank fraud. In the context, the minister highlighted the firm commitment to investigate and recover these assets, stressing, at the same time, that a functional justice was necessary for this. Natalia Gavrilita also asked for the European partners’ assistance for strengthening sustainable mechanisms of backing small- and medium-sized companies from Moldova, including through the introduction of partial and technical unemployment mechanisms, so that they can cope with the challenges from the pandemic period.
„The expertise of the countries which enforced such mechanisms of protecting jobs will be quite useful for Moldova. We are prepared to adopt the necessary decisions, in order to fully benefit from the implementation of the plan on economic recovery. We are confident that we can implement a new programme on macro-financial assistance on behalf of EU, with increase in the grant component,’’ the prime minister said.
The two officials discussed also the reforms from the customs and fiscal sectors. In the context, the PM came up with details about the adoption of the Customs Code, which was adjusted to the European Union’s legislation, which was actually one of the important conditions for deepening the cooperation with EU in the customs field. The new code is aimed at unifying, modernizing and optimizing the customs legislation, as well as at its adapting to the commitments taken by Moldova through the Association Agreement with EU.
The prime minister also referred to the importance of the Eastern Partnership and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA). Gavrilita noted that that the government’s policies were oriented to develop an economic model aligned with the European economic model, focused on digitalization, energy efficiency and green economy.