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Eastern Europe 23-07-2021

Newer EU members support Associated Trio as ‘champions’

Though vast majority of EU countries welcome deeper integration with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, their "Associated Trio" initiative finds more support within Eastern and Central Europe, while the Commission and Western member states remain hesitant to adopt the term.
Europe's East 13-07-2021

Moldova pro-Europeans win resounding election victory

Moldova's main pro-European party has won a resounding victory in parliamentary polls, results showed Monday (12 July), strengthening the hand of President Maia Sandu as the former World Bank economist pushes to reform her ex-Soviet country.
Europe's East 12-07-2021

Moldova president pledges ‘end to rule of thieves’ as party leads poll

Moldovan President Maia Sandu pledged an "end to the rule of thieves" Sunday (11 July) as her pro-European party looked set to win snap parliamentary elections she called to shore up her position against pro-Russia forces.
Europe's East 09-07-2021

Moldova holds parliament vote set to weaken Russia’s grip

Voters in Moldova head to the polls Sunday (11 July) in a snap parliamentary election called by new President Maia Sandu to strengthen her position against pro-Russia forces.
Eastern Europe 09-03-2021

EU warms to more integration with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine

The idea of offering more tailor-made integration to the three Eastern associated partner countries, -- Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, -- is gaining momentum on the Commission's agenda, according to an EU official.
Eastern Europe 09-03-2020

Eastern Partnership’s champions expect more from the ‘geopolitical Commission’

As associated countries of Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova ask for a more ambitious Eastern Partnership (EaP) policy, the debate continues about the next steps and available financial support for what is lauded as one of the EU's most successful foreign policies.
Europe's East 17-07-2019

Moldova FM: We want to move as quickly as possible on EU accession

There is a high consensus in Moldova that we want good relations with Brussels and Moscow, but we have no alternative to strong pro-European integration, Moldova's new foreign minister, Nicu Popescu, told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.
Europe's East 21-03-2018

Ukraine says DCFTAs outdated, need deep review

One of the key messages from the EURACTIV debate on the Eastern Partnership – “Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and the EU: The Road to 2020” held on March 20 in Brussels was that the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements with these countries need a revamp.
Armenia 20-03-2018

Armenia: Balancing act between Russia and Europe

Few countries have established such close political and economic ties with Russia as Armenia has. But a new agreement is now meant to bring the small Caucasus republic closer to the EU. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 26-02-2018

EU and Chile looking for the perfect agreement

The European Union and Chile would like to improve on their association agreement, which in 15 years has resulted in the doubling of trade volumes between them.
Europe's East 14-07-2017

EU pushes Ukraine on corruption at Kyiv summit

European Union leaders yesterday (13 July) pushed Ukraine to step up its battle against corruption after the 28-nation bloc agreed to ratify a landmark cooperation deal.
Europe's East 03-05-2017

IMF approves more money for Moldova, EU cash in the pipeline

The International Monetary Fund has approved the disbursement of a second loan tranche to Moldova worth $21.5 million, citing stronger-than-expected growth. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Europe's East 19-04-2017

Moldova granted observer status in Eurasian Union

Moldova has been granted observer status by the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), in another shift towards Moscow following the election of its new pro-Russian president. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Europe's East 29-03-2017

Moldovan PM and President clash over Eurasian Union rapprochement

The Prime Minister of Moldova Pavel Filip has sent an angry letter to the country’s pro-Russian President Igor Dodon, qualifying as “reckless” his request for observer status to the Moscow-led Eurasian Union and for the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding with this organisation.
Economy & Jobs 23-01-2017

EU denies Russia say in Moldova Association Agreement

The European Union has quashed the suggestion that Russia could be involved in a trilateral review of Moldova’s Association Agreement with the bloc, which its president called into question last week during a visit to Moscow.
Enlargement 17-01-2017

Moldovan president hopes to cancel EU Association Agreement

Moldova's president said today (17 January) he hoped the ex-Soviet state's Association Agreement with the European Union would be cancelled if his party obtains a parliamentary majority, paving the way for an alliance with Moscow.
Enlargement 16-01-2017

Commission approves new aid programme for Moldova

The European Commission will provide Moldova with €100 million in EU aid as the Eastern European country struggles to meet its short-term financial needs. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Europe's East 07-12-2016

Court of Auditors unable to say how EU money was spent in Ukraine

The EU has disbursed billions of euros to Ukraine, largely for budget support, but the European Court of Auditors (ECA) admitted yesterday (6 December) it was unable to say how the money was spent.
Socialist Party election poster depicts activists meeting with Putin. It reads “Together with Russia” [Reuters]
Enlargement 29-11-2016

EU, Moldova reaffirm ties after pro-Russian president elected

The European Union and Moldova on Monday (29 November) reaffirmed close ties which they said would not be affected by the recent election of a pro-Russian president.
Elections 15-11-2016

Moldova’s pro-Russian president-elect says EU ties will remain

The pro-Russian winner of Moldova's presidential election said today (15 November) the country would not cut ties with the European Union, appearing to row back on campaign comments that it should move closer to Moscow.
Azerbaijan 14-11-2016

EU to launch negotiations for a new agreement with Azerbaijan

EU foreign ministers decided today (14 November) to start negotiating a comprehensive agreement with Azerbaijan, replacing the Association agreement proposed in 2010, which had omitted to take into account Baku’s view about the future of relations.
Elections 31-10-2016

Pro-Russia candidate narrowly misses first round victory in Moldova election

Moldova's presidential election will go to a second round, preliminary results showed early today (31 October), after a pro-Russian socialist candidate fell short of winning sufficient support to achieve all-out victory.
Europe's East 01-09-2016

Auditors expose failures in EU assistance to Moldova

The European Court of Auditors published a very critical assessment  today (1 September) of the way the Commission spends EU money in Moldova, a country associated with the EU and with an ambition to join the Union in the longer term.
Armenia 11-02-2016

Azerbaijan’s rejection of EU association was an eye-opener for Brussels

Azerbaijan is the best example that the one-size-fits-all approach of the EU vis-à-vis its neighbours does not work, a Commission official admitted to an audience in Brussels.