The document was signed by the head of the Moldovan legislature, Igor Grosu, and his Ukrainian counterpart Ruslan Stefanchuk during the second parliamentary summit of the Crimea International Platform.
The memorandum of understanding was signed in order to boost bilateral parliamentary relations, including in a context in which both Moldova and Ukraine are striving for European integration after obtaining the status of a candidate country for accession to the European Union.
Moldova and Ukraine agreed to strengthen cooperation in order to settle a common support structure for parliamentary processes and procedures. According to the Memorandum of Understanding, cooperation between the Moldovan Parliament and the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine will cover a number of aspects.
These include the support and promotion of democratic values, fundamental rights and freedoms, stability and security in the region; the improvement of the standards of legislative processes and procedures, which will make it possible to effectively include the EU integration programme and boost cooperation with NATO. In addition, the Moldovan Parliament and the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine will intensify their efforts to better manage possible crises and promote common interests for rapprochement with the European Union.
The parliamentary institutions in Chisinau and Kyiv will endeavor to strengthen institutional capacity to enhance transparency and provide analytical support and research in the legislative process. In the context of strengthening inter-parliamentary cooperation, mutual visits at the level of parliamentary leadership, joint meetings of parliamentary commissions and friendship groups, study visits and exchange of best practices, trainings, parliamentary conferences, etc. will be organized. The actions will affect both the parliamentary corps and civil servants.
The head of the legislative body, Igor Grosu, is in Prague, where he is participating in the parliamentary summit of the Crimea International Platform.