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Moldovan deputy PM says European Union officially opens negotiations on accession of Moldova, Ukraine

12:50 | 15.06.2024 Category: Political

Chisinau, 15 June /MOLDPRES/ - The European Union officially opens the negotiations on the accession of Moldova and Ukraine. The first Moldova-EU Intergovernmental Conference will take place on 25 June. Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration Cristina Gherasimov has made statements to this effect.   

The deputy PM informed that the ambassadors of the member countries under the European Union accepted, on principle, the frameworks of negotiation for the official opening of the negotiations on accession with Moldova and Ukraine.   

On 25 June, the Belgian Presidency of EU will summon the first intergovernmental conferences with the two countries.

„Congratulations to everybody on this historical moment! And we thank the Belgian Presidency on this good news!’’ Cristina Gherasimov said.    

On 7 June, the European Commission informed that Moldova and Ukraine had fulfilled the conditions for starting the negotiations on accession to the European Union. ‘’All stages have been fulfilled by the two countries. Now, the decision is up to the member states,’’ said a spokeswoman for the Commission, quoted by the Agerpres Agency.   

At the summit on 14 December 2023, the European Council ruled to start the negotiations on accession with Moldova and Ukraine. The decision was taken, after the two states had submitted applications on accession to EU and got the status of country candidate for accession two years ago.  

Moldova submitted the application on accession to the European Union on 3 March 2022 and got the status of country candidate on accession to EU on 23 June 2023.   

The Moldovan authorities have the goal of Moldova’s accession to the European Union till 2030.

According to data by the most recent survey, if a referendum is held, 54 per cent of the electors would vote for the accession to EU, while 28 per cent would vote against. This is data of an opinion poll conducted by IMAS on 2-19 May 2024, on a representative sample of 1,088 respondents from 89 settlements, with an error margin of +/-3 per cent.   






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