BUCHAREST (Romania), May 5 (SeeNews) - The European Parliament on Thursday adopted a resolution calling on the European Commission to grant Moldova EU candidate status.
"Against the backdrop of Russia’s war against Ukraine, Parliament welcomes Moldova’s formal EU membership application on March 3 2022 and says the EU should grant it candidate status, in line with Article 49 TEU and ‘on the basis of merit," the European Parliament said in a press release.
In the meantime, the EU and Moldova should continue work on integrating the country into the EU single market and on enhanced sectoral cooperation, it added.
MEPs called on the Commission to swiftly complete its application assessment and provide Moldova with its full assistance while this is ongoing. According to MEPs, Moldovan authorities are "undoubtedly on the right track by adopting key reforms, notably on democracy, the rule of law, and human rights".
The resolution also expressed serious concern over recent developments on the territory of the Moldova's Transnistria region controlled by pro-Russian separatists, which has witnessed a number of 'security incidents' in April, considered by MEPs as dangerous acts of provocation in a highly volatile security situation.
MEPs reiterated their support for a comprehensive, peaceful and lasting political settlement of the Transnistrian conflict, based on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Moldova within its internationally recognised borders, and with the removal of Russian forces based there.
The European Parliament also stressed it is "unacceptable" that Russia has been weaponising its gas supply to exert political pressure on Moldova in order to influence the country’s political trajectory and geopolitical orientation - particularly after the recent instalment of the country’s pro-western government.
Thus, MEPs called on the Commission and EU countries to support Moldova in ensuring its energy independence, connectivity, diversification and efficiency, as well as accelerating the development of renewable energy sources.
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