Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of State for European Affairs attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will visit Moldova for the first time on September 13. She will meet with Igor Dodon, President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, Prime Minister and Nicolae Popescu, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
This visit is taking place at a crucial juncture for Moldova’s relations with France and the EU. The European Council welcomed the peaceful transfer of power in Moldova on June 20, 2019, and called on the EU to lend its support to Moldova in its efforts to complete its reform process and continue to implement the association agreement between the EU and this country. A joint declaration on bilateral, European and international issues will be adopted during this visit.
During her meetings, the minister of state will reaffirm France’s attachment to strengthening relations between the EU and Moldova and will lend her support to the efforts undertaken by the new government to combat corruption and strengthen the rule of law.
This visit will provide an opportunity to give fresh impetus to bilateral relations. The minister of state will notably sign a letter of intent concerning the upgrading by French firms of the Chisinau-Ungheni railway line, a strategic priority in terms of promoting Moldova’s interconnection with the European railway area and the European Economic Area.
Amélie de Montchalin will discuss the conflict in Transnistria. She will reaffirm France’s willingness to contribute, in support of the discussions held within the so-called “5+2” framework (which brings together the parties concerned, the three mediators – the OSCE, Russia and Ukraine – and the two observers – the EU and the United States), to a comprehensive, peaceful and lasting settlement, based on the Republic of Moldova’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.