The only thing that the EU partners demand from Moldova is “to meet the political criterion – to be on the right track.” This was stated by State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration (MFAEI) Vladimir Kuk on TV8 TV channel.
The official did not specify what, in the understanding of the West, is the “right way” for the Republic of Moldova, adding only that now they are waiting for 2-3 years from Chisinau to meet the highest EU standards.
He agreed with the opinion of the head of the EU delegation to Moldova Janis Mazeiks that the countdown of the duration of the passage of the candidate country (the Republic of Moldova together with Ukraine received this status last summer) of the European integration path will begin from the moment of initiation of direct negotiations on joining the European Union. In turn, he acknowledged that the negotiation process itself can be quite lengthy.
“The negotiation phase, it lasts for a number of years, depending on the diligence of the country, and during this period time is given to implement EU standards”, Cook said.
According to the Secretary of State, the question of a possible start of negotiations on accession to the EU, if it is considered, at best, at the end of this year.
“They will decide on the next steps after the autumn report on Moldova’s fulfillment of the EU conditions,” concluded Vladimir Cook.
Earlier, the President of the European Parliament said that Moldova deserves to become part of the European Union Robert Metsolaeven promising to outline the steps necessary for an early rapprochement with the EU.
Prior to this, Mazeix warned Chisinau that the accession of the Republic of Moldova to the European Union over the next few years would be possible only if the national laws adapted to the European ones work effectively, as well as the reforms being carried out now with a big slip.
As reported EADaily President of Moldova Maya Sandu I am sure that the republic will become a part of the EU by the end of this decade. Head of MFAEI not so optimistic Nicu Popescuwho predicts that at the current pace of European integration, this path will take more than a dozen years.