Moldova applies for EU membership

“The Republic of Moldova must have a clear European path. We are ready to do everything needed to achieve this fundamental national goal,” Sandu said. [Creative Lab/Shutterstock]

The Republic of Moldova is joining Ukraine and Georgia in applying for EU membership, further distancing itself from Russia and its former Soviet past.

Moldova President Maia Sandu signed a formal application to join the EU in a briefing in Chisinau. The document, which is co-signed by the country’s prime minister and the parliament speaker, will be sent to Brussels in the coming days.

“The Republic of Moldova must have a clear European path. We are ready to do everything needed to achieve this fundamental national goal,” Sandu said.

“Some decisions take time, but others must be made quickly and decisively while taking advantage of the opportunities that arise in a changing world,” she said.

Moldova is the third former Soviet republic that says it wants to join the EU after Russia invaded Ukraine. “It took 30 years for Moldova to reach maturity, but today the country is ready to take responsibility for its own future,” Sandu also said, referring to the period since Moldova gained its independence from the former Soviet Union, in 1991.

Negotiations to join the EU will take many years, but neighbouring Romania, with which Moldova shares the language and a large part of its history, promised to help. “Romania will continue to be a sincere, constant and active supporter of Moldova’s place in the European Union family,” President Klaus Iohannis tweeted.

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