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Federal Minister Müller to visit Moldova


Development Minister Gerd Müller and Moldova's Prime Minister Iurie Leanca

18.06.2014 |

On Thursday, De­vel­op­ment Minister Gerd Müller will travel to the Republic of Moldova for an official visit. The two-day visit comes a week before the country's association agreement with the EU is due to be signed in the margins of the meeting of the European Council on 27 June. The visit will centre around the conclusion of the gov­ern­ment negotiations on de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion between Germany and Moldova. Germany will be making a total of 14.3 million euros available for de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion with Moldova and to support the country's reform efforts.

"Moldova is currently engaged in an im­por­tant process of transformation. The success of these efforts will determine the country's further alignment with the European Union," Minister Müller said. "The German gov­ern­ment is supporting the country's reform efforts through de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion, helping Moldova to find its place in Europe."

At the same time, the BMZ hopes the projects supported can help to start trust-building processes between the gov­ern­ment in Chisinau and the regions of Transdniestria and Gagauzia. In view of developments in Ukraine, the issue of solving internal conflicts will feature prominently at the meeting between the German Federal Minister and Moldova's Prime Minister Iurie Leanca. "Our Moldovan friends know that they can trust in us and that we wish to support progress in all parts of the coun­try and help to safeguard the unity of the state," Minister Müller stated prior to his departure.

On Thursday afternoon, Minister Müller and Prime Minister Leanca will open the EU-Moldova Forum in Balti. In the light of the upcoming association agreement with the EU and the Moldovan government's clear commitment to Europe, the Forum is going to get special attention. In his opening address, the Minister will emphasise the importance of Europe as a com­mu­ni­ty of values.
Minister Müller will visit two projects to see first-hand how German de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion is helping to modernise the country's infrastructure and thus better the lives of the people. Both projects – one concerned with modernising a Kindergarten in Pelinia, the other involving a hospital in Orhei – are about improving the efficiency and the quality of local public services for the people and bringing them closer to European standards.

On Friday, Minister Müller will also visit a social welfare centre in Chisinau that is run by the Catholic church and was built with support from the BMZ. The Minister wishes to recognise the im­por­tant contribution churches make to sus­tain­able social de­vel­op­ment and towards good co­op­er­a­tion between state-run and church-based institutions.

The Minister will also visit the premises of GIZ's new office in Chisinau, an office that is clear proof of Germany's interest in long-term co­op­er­a­tion with Moldova. "We are aware that, despite the efforts Moldova has made so far, the coun­try is still facing a difficult reform process," Minister Müller said. "The new GIZ office is a clear signal that Germany is ready to support Moldova in the long term as it continues along the path ahead."

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