Bucharest, 16 July 2022 (TDI): The President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, opened the 2nd ministerial conference of the Moldova Support Platform, on Friday.

The Conference was co-chaired by the Foreign Ministry officials of Romania, Germany, and France.

The agenda of the conference was to identify new opportunities so that enough income could be generated to assist Moldova. Moldova has to achieve the proposed objectives set by European Union (EU) to attain membership in the EU.

To implement necessary reforms and overcome the crisis, Moldova needs the support of other states that will meet during the Conference.

In addition, the five working groups of the Support Platform of Moldova also participated in the Conference. The Working Group covers humanitarian assistance of Ukrainian refugees hosted by Moldova, corruption, energy security, financial assistance, and border management.

Foreign Ministry officials speak at the Conference:

The Foreign Ministry officials from Germany, Romania, and France agreed that supporting states affected by war is important. Moldova has been facing numerous problems since the war broke out in Ukraine. More than 500,000 Ukrainian refugees have fled to Moldova, causing the small state’s economy to be burdened.

Annalena Baerbock, the Foreign Minister of Germany, said that although they cannot force Russia to stop its brutalities, they have the power to help a democratic state to save it from the effects of the said war.

Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, the Minister of State for Development, Francophonie, and International Partnerships, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, also spoke at the event. She said France is proud to provide more than 136 M € of aid & to host the 3rd meeting by the end of 2022.

Bogdan Aurescu, the Foreign Minister of Romania, said that he and his German counterpart agree that their countries will continue to coordinate on support for Ukraine and Moldova and in terms of strengthening EU’s resilience. Moreover, they also addressed energy security & EU enlargement, and cooperation within NATO.