Romania and the UK lead support for Moldovan anti-corruption push

Romania and the UK lead support for Moldovan anti-corruption push
Romania and the UK lead support for Moldovan anti-corruption push. Image: hyotographics/

The Romanian Ministry of Justice has continued to lead international efforts to support Moldova in its goal of combating corruption. 

According to Romanian broadcaster Mediafax, Secretary of State George Catalin Serban participated in a meeting of the working group of the Support Platform for the Republic of Moldova on the topic of how to better strengthen the justice system and to protect public funds.

These two issues are key elements that must be resolved if Moldova wishes to move ahead with further integration into the European Union. 

The working group has been co-chaired by the Romanian Ministry of Justice and the British Ambassador to Chisinau, His Excellency Steven Fisher. 

According to a statement made by the Catalin Serban, Romania is determined to “fully support the efforts of the Chisinau authorities in the fight against corruption” and would continue to work with “our strategic partners – UK, EU and USA” to help achieve this. 

In April 2022, Germany, France and Romania co-organised the International Support Conference for the Republic Of Moldova in Berlin, an event at which 47 states, international organisations and financial institutions participated. A result of this conference was the creation of the Working Group on the issue of anti-corruption, which is being co-run by Romania and the United Kingdom. 

Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, on 3 March, Moldovan President Maia Sandu officially presented the country’s application for membership of the European Union. The EU has acknowledged that in recent years the Moldovan political system has been moving in the right direction with a “clear alignment of the presidential, executive and legislative powers on a pro-reform, anti-corruption European path for the first time since independence.” 

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