Next year will mark 30 years since the stability of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Moldova and the Baltic States. In all of these, the Baltic States have offered the Republic of Moldova “consistent and unconditional support, both politically and diplomatically, socially, economically, culturally and educationally,” said Doina Gherman, chairwoman of the Foreign Policy and European Integration Commission. a joint press conference in Chisinau with the chairs of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the Baltic Parliaments.
The Baltic Republics also assisted the Republic of Moldova in combating the COVID-19 pandemic. During the meeting, parliamentarians discussed the implementation of the Moldova-EU Association Agreement, the conclusion of bilateral agreements for mutual recognition of diplomas, certificates and scientific titles between the Republic of Moldova, on the one hand, and Latvia and Estonia, on the other. Such an agreement was concluded with Lithuania in 2013. The bilateral agreement on social security with Latvia will be ratified in the near future. Developments in the energy market in the region, the Baltic countries’ experience in developing renewable energy projects and energy efficiency were discussed.
“It is extremely important to develop and intensify cooperation relations between our countries, including at the parliamentary level. This will not allow us to benefit from a wider consultation and we will be able to share experiences on the topic of common interest “, mentioned Doina Gherman.
The chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Latvian Parliament, Rihards Kols, noted that especially since 2004, when the country became a member of the EU, he considered it his duty to support the Republic of Moldova. “Do not be afraid of reform, embrace reforms, because 15 years after we are members of the EU I can say that we still have to make reforms, not to make legislation, regulations, to have good governance, state . and to strengthen people’s confidence “, he mentioned in the Latvian report.
The chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Lithuanian Parliament, Žygimantas Pavilionis, stressed that the Republic of Moldova was the second state in the world to recognize Lithuania’s independence, after Iceland, 31 years ago. “Thank you for this. We left the Soviet prison together and we, three Baltic states, got the job done. We have strengthened our independence in the European family. And we will help you do the same. It is important to achieve unity in your country. This is the key to success, because the enemies will do everything to divide you “, was the message sent by the Lithuanian deputy.
“We discussed the 3 + 1 format, the Baltic States + Moldova, the formation of a parliamentary assembly between the Baltic States and Moldova. Your president must attend the democracy summit, because Moldova is an example. Democracy has been in decline for some years and we need an inspiring example, ”added Žygimantas Pavilionis.
The chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Estonian Parliament, Marko Mihkelson, said that Moldova is going through interesting times and is attracting a lot of international attention at the moment. “The people of Moldova have made a clear choice to get out of isolation. Moldova is now at a very important crossroads, you are at the beginning of one of the biggest challenges – energy crisis “, the Estonian parliamentarian mentioned.
The three officials from the Baltic States are in the Republic of Moldova on a three-day visit.