Eastern Partnership: The European Parliament adopted the implementation reports of the EU Association Agreements with Moldova and Georgia
MEPs today adopted in plenary the reports on the implementation of the EU Association Agreements with Moldova and Georgia, two members of the Eastern Partnership, highlighting achievements and concerns in both cases.
On Moldova, the findings of the Foreign Affairs Committee provide a contrasted image of the implementation of the Association Agreement, underlining in particular its concerns about the electoral reform, the lack of independence of the Judiciary, the media freedom and civil society.
ALDE MEP, Petras Auštrevičius (Liberal Movement of Lithuania), European Parliament's rapporteur on Moldova, said:
"Chisinau needs to accept the fact that full respect for core democratic principles constitutes an essential element of EU and Moldova relations and of the Association Agreement. The EU aims to give a chance for irreversible democratic transformation in Moldova. We wish to see an independent judiciary, fair elections and free media working in this country. Presently, there is still a deficit of Europe in Moldova."
The findings of the report on Georgia provide a positive image of the implementation of the Association Agreement. MEPs call on the Georgian authorities to address some remaining concerns regarding labour standards, environmental protection and discrimination against vulnerable groups and women."
MEP Javier Nart (Cidadanos, Spain), Vice-President of the ALDE Group and shadow rapporteur on Georgia, added:
“Following the ratification of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement, the association efforts must maintain their positive pace to deepen our political, social and economic ties. The European Union stands with the people of Georgia, who have clear aspirations to become part of our European family. However, we need Georgia to urgently address important issues such as the rule of law and the abuse of the judiciary, the fight against high-level corruption, freedom of speech or children´s and labour rights. The EU must maintain its engagement and support to Georgia on its ambitious reform plan, but there must be mutual effort. It is a two way street.