10 Jul 2018 15:01

Moldovan PM: Europarl resolution on suspending macro-financial assistance to Moldova aimed at its citizens

CHISINAU. July 10 (Interfax) - The Moldovan government will do everything possible to make sure the European Union resumes its macro-financial assistance to the country, Prime Minister Pavel Filip said.

"We really expect the macro-economic assistance to be resumed, and we will do everything necessary to that end. The Republic of Moldova has no financial problems, and the available revenue enables us to complete all our projects," Filip said at a meeting with Moldovan ambassadors on Tuesday.

The European Parliament resolution "is purely political in nature and is aimed at the country's citizens," Filip said. "The government has implemented all conditions for receiving the first tranche of the macro-financial assistance and intends to continue the reforms it has started," he said.

The prime minister put the blame for the passage of the resolution on the leaders of the right-wing opposition, who were unhappy that a court invalidated the Chisinau mayoral election won by Andrei Nastase.

"They have decided to bring political rivalry from Moldova to the European Parliament. It's very bad that the European Parliament went along with it by adopting a resolution against Moldovan citizens. The suspension of financing makes not the authorities, but the citizens of the country suffer," Filip said.

Moldovan Ambassador to the European Union Eugen Caras said he was disappointed that the European Parliament adopted the resolution, which will affect Moldova's relations with the EU.

The European Parliament passed the resolution on July 5, in which it denounces the rulings of Moldovan courts invalidating the Chisinau mayoral election and criticizes the Moldovan authorities. The European Parliament demanded that the European Commission suspend the allocation of budgetary support for Moldova. Thus, the issuance of the first tranche of a 100-million-euro package of macro-financial assistance originally due in July has been suspended.