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The upcoming visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to Chisinau tomorrow may be an attempt to sweeten the pill in anticipation of a possible negative decision on the accession of the Republic of Moldova to the European Union. This was stated today, June 14, by political analyst Igor Botsan.

He believes that the “pill” will be accepted by the authorities of the Republic of Moldova, but the position of Ukraine will also be undermined. The application of the “Associative Trio” (Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia) for the status of an EU candidate will be considered at a meeting of the European Council on June 23-24. Before that, on June 17, the European Commission will express its opinion on this matter. Within three months, the governments of the three countries prepared responses to hundreds of questions received from the EC to determine whether they were ready to receive candidate status.

“I believe that the decision of the European Commission will be quite positive, but with regard to the European Council, we know that there are countries that show pronounced skepticism,” Botan said.

Macron has previously said that it will take Ukraine “several decades” to prepare for entry. In this regard, he came up with an initiative to form the so-called European political community, which should become an alternative to the European Union for such countries as Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia.

Then in Chisinau they recognized that the republic was not yet ready for integration, and the President of the Republic of Moldova Maya Sandu said that it is not so important whether the republic receives the status of a candidate country, but that the reform process has begun and is becoming irreversible. In turn, Macron assured her that the “European Political Community” does not replace the classical path to joining the EU, but complements each other.

“I’m afraid that the purpose of Macron’s visit to Chisinau is to insist on palliative measures, and I’m afraid that the Moldovan authorities may make such a decision that will undermine the position of Ukraine,” concluded Igor Botan.

As reported EADaily , the government of Moldova believes that before the end of the month the republic still has a chance to get the status of a candidate country for membership in the European Union. This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration (MFAEI) Nicu Popescudespite the fact that the issue of fighting corruption and reforming the justice system remains unresolved in the Republic of Moldova. He believes that this should not prevent Brussels from offering Chisinau a clear prospect of entry, and Emmanuel Macron is coming for this.

“We expect very positive signals from the European Union. We hope that we will have a clear prospect of joining the European Union so that we can start accession negotiations at the next stage. We have work to do before these negotiations begin,” Popescu said.

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