Today the European Commission adopted the Annual Action Programme 2011 for the Republic of Moldova, worth nearly EUR 80 million. It is the biggest financial aid allocated to the Eastern Partnership country. The assistance will be primarily used for the reform of the justice system and development of energy safety in Moldova.
The European Commission adopted the Annual Action Programme 2011 for Moldova. According to the document, Moldova will receive EUR 78.6 million in total this year. The financial assistance will contribute mainly to the development in the energy sector and reform of the justice system. During the press conference Stefan Fule, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, commented: ‘Today’s decision confirms our full commitment to continue supporting the efforts of the Republic of Moldova to achieve concrete results in its reform process and to help the country move closer to the European Union.’ The money transferred by the Commission will be used for development of research into renewable energy potential and improvement of efficiency of the justice system, e.g. through providing consultancy and expert opinions on the issue of creation of Justice Sector Coordination Body.
The Action Programme prepared by the European Commission, apart from the energy sector and justice system, covers two other key fields: the resolution of the Transnistrian conflict and support for Moldova in preparation for new framework of cooperation with the EU (Association Agreement, Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area and Visa Liberalistation). Recipe for solving the conflict with the separatist republic is to provide economic and social aid for local communities living along both banks of Dniester and fostering civic society in Transnistria.
The financial means will be provided within the framework of the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). In 2011 Moldova will get the biggest financial aid from among all the EaP countries within the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). By contrast, the financial aid allocated to Georgia is EUR 50.73 million, Ukraine – EUR 30 million, while to Armenia a little over EUR 19 million. For 2011-2013, financial aid for Moldova within the framework of ENPI and the EaP is to reach EUR 273.14 million. This makes Moldova the biggest beneficiary of the Union financial support per capita from among all the countries covered by ENP.
Source: The European Commission