EU Tells Moldova to Focus on Human Rights, Rule of Law
Thursday, April 13, 2006 9:05 AM

EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner told Moldovan Prime Minister Vasile Tarlev on April 11 that Chisinau should concentrate on essential reforms rather than on membership in the bloc, international news agencies reported. "Moldova has made quite important advances on the economic, political, and also structural-reform side," Ferrero-Waldner said in an April 11 meeting with Tarlev. These advances have resulted in Moldova being included in the EU's GSP Plus scheme, the bloc's equivalent of "most-favored-nation" status, which eases access to the European market. Ferrero-Waldner added, however, that "a lot of effort" still needs to be invested in reforms in the area of human rights, minority protection, and the rule of law. Ursula Plassnik, foreign minister of Austria, which currently holds the EU presidency, said Moldova must "manage its expectations in a responsible way." BW

Published in: EU Tells Moldova to Focus on Human Rights, Rule of Law, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 11 April 2006.

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