December 30 (SeeNews) - Moldovan president Maia Sandu said that the the country aims to join the European Union by 2030.
"My wishes are very ambitious. I think we must become members of the European Union by the end of this decade," Sandu told public television Moldova-1 during a talk-show on Thursday.
During 2022, the country managed to obtain over 400 million euro ($425 million) from partner states during the three meetings of the Support for Moldova group organised by Romania, Germany and France and secure a further 1 billion euro for projects to be developed in the following years, the president added.
"We saw how important external support was in this very difficult year, as we managed to add more than 400 million euro to the state budget so that we can face the refugee and energy crisis. Part of these funds is used to compensate for high gas and electricity bills for vulnerable consumers," she added.
In June, the European Council decided to grant EU candidate status to Moldova and Ukraine. Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia applied for EU membership in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine launched in February.