President Andrzej Duda, after meeting with Moldovan president Maia Sandu, said that Poland was trying to help the authorities in Chisinau in difficult reforms necessary for this country to join the European Union. The president explained that the aid was to rely on expert and financial support. The status of a candidate for the European Union for Moldova is an important and joyful news for us – added Andrzej Duda.
President of Moldova Maia Sandu thanked Poland for its support on the way to the European Union. She stressed in the context of Russian aggression on Ukrainethat our two countries must unite their efforts for peace to prevail. On Thursday, the president Moldova she is visiting Warsaw, where she met, inter alia, with the president Andrzej Duda and Senate Marshal Tomasz Grodzki. During his statement to the media after the meeting, President Andrzej Duda congratulated Moldova on the European Union candidate status by the decision of the European Council of 23 June and stressed that this was an important and joyful news for Poland.
Andrzej Duda noted that the victory of Maja Sandu in the presidential elections and the victory of her pro-European party in the parliamentary elections in 2021 show that “the democratization of Moldova and the maturation of civil society is a fact in this country.”
Duda: Poland is trying to help Moldova
The president stressed that Poland “is trying to help Moldova by offering expert support, as well as offering financial and material assistance to support the difficult reform process” in this country.
As he stated, the fact that Moldova and Ukraine were granted the status of candidate countries to the EU is “a momentous and extremely important act, although it is only a preliminary step”. – We will be most happy when, together with the president, we can rejoice that Moldova will be a full member of the European Union, he said. “I believe deeply that it will happen,” he added.
– Today both our countries are in a difficult situation. Moldova, as we know, is in a particularly difficult one: it not only borders on Ukraine, which is in terrible oppression, subject to Russian aggression, but also has part of the territory of the so-called Transnistria, which, we can safely say, is a rebellious Russian enclave. This is a huge problem that Moldova and its democratically elected authorities struggle with on a daily basis, said Andrzej Duda.
Andrzej Duda on Polish-Moldavian cooperation
The president also recalled that during the Soviet era, the Moldovan economy was dependent on Russia, which remains a problem to this day. – We are trying to support here, but we are aware that the situation is very difficult and we also talked about it – he said.
– It is absolutely justified that the entire European community, seeing Moldova as a country whose society aspires to the Union in an absolutely deserved way, should give support from us, the European Union countries, which are in a better material situation today than society and the Moldovan state. Poland is also a provider of this support – said Andrzej Duda. As he added, despite the difficult international situation, President Sandu’s visit to Warsaw was joyful, as, inter alia, commemorates the 30th anniversary of mutual diplomatic relations.
He emphasized that the last time has been a period of very good Polish-Moldovan cooperation. – We hope that we will continue it, not only until Moldova is successfully admitted to the European Union, but also and, of course, later, when we are in the Union together – he stressed.
Sandu about his visit to Poland in the context of the war in Ukraine
President Sandu also referred to the fact that her visit coincided with the 30th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and the Republic of Moldova. – I am glad that we have recently managed to revive contacts – she emphasized and added that both countries are interested in “deepening cooperation”.
– Both we and you know very well that it is not easy, but we choose to fulfill the neighborly duty (towards Ukraine) to be human – said the President of Moldova.
She expressed her sadness that her visit took place in the dramatic context of Russian aggression in Ukraine. – People die every day in the war – said the President of Moldova, referring to Thursday’s rocket attack in Vinnitsa. Sandu emphasized that Moldova from the very beginning condemned the war, and its citizens, like Poles, opened their homes and hearts to Ukrainians. “Both our countries must join efforts for peace to prevail,” she said.
Sandu: The European Union is a successful peace project
The president of Moldova also said that war in Ukraine it had a huge impact on the economy of her country, which was also affected by the pandemic and the crisis in the fuel market. – I would like to thank the authorities and citizens for the support that the Republic of Moldova received in order to alleviate this crisis – said Sandu.
As she recalled, on March 4, Moldova applied for accession to the EU, and on June 23 it was granted the status of a candidate country. “Thank you for supporting us on this path” – she noted. At the same time, she assessed that thanks to the status of a candidate country to the EU, “despite the unprecedented challenges we are currently facing, we can modernize our country and we can count on the support of the European Community in this process.” – The EU is the most successful peace project in our history – emphasized Sandu and assured her that her country “intends to be a factor of stabilization, prosperity and affirmation of European values in our region”.
Main photo source: PAP / Marcin Obara