Botsan: Moldova Is in the EU Partner’s Rebounding Status Process

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Expert Igor Botsan believes that the Republic of Moldova is getting through the rebounding status process of a reliable European Union partner. It depends on the political class whether this process ends with a return to normalcy. And all this is because citizens, the country and those politicians who participate in this process will benefit from this, they will only benefit from the EU support. The statements were made during the public debate “On the quality of Moldova-EU relations through the prism of 6 new and old conditions”, reported. “In particular, we understand how modest the development potential of the Republic of Moldova is, so without such a partner as the European Union, which has demonstrated its openness to help our country, it will be very difficult to maintain a decent living standard and stop all residents leave the country,” permanent project expert Igor Botsan stated. He affirms that society can encourage politicians to reform and fulfill the conditions set by the European Union. And this, including in the conditions when the EU is developing very interesting and useful projects in settlements, for example, in Cahul, Ungheni, Cantemir, etc. In his opinion, cooperation with civil society is necessary. According to him, there are opportunities to exert pressure on responsible persons and the circumstances are stronger than politician’s interests. In this regard, the expert recalled the Prime Minister Ion Chicu’s May statements. “The prime minister himself made unexpected statements that impressed public opinion. The prime minister touched upon next agreement with the International Monetary Fund. In the same context, the prime minister said that he wants not only European integration but also Moldova accessing to the European Union with five areas of reforms that are absolutely necessary for the state,” Igor Botsan stressed. According to him, Ion Chicu is a prime minister who enjoys the trust of socialists and democrats. And even if he does not enjoy the confidence of the opposition, the opposition itself has long been stating namely those things the prime minister used to say. In his opinion, under the pressure of circumstances, mutual understanding may occur between political forces, so that the Republic of Moldova overcome the obstacles and restore relations with the European Union and return the status of a reliable partner. “This is what everyone wants. Elections still remain elections, of course. There will be competition between competitors, but the interests of the Republic of Moldova and obligations to partners must be fulfilled,” Igor Botsan added.