31 May 2023 19:31

EU to triple macrofinancial assistance to Moldova

CHISINAU. May 31 (Interfax) - The EU will ramp up its macrofinancial assistance to Moldova almost threefold to 1.6 billion euros from 600 million euros, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen told a press conference in the Moldovan capital Chisinau on Wednesday.

The macrofinancial assistance plan for Moldova, which was approved by the EU in 2021, envisages allocating 600 million euros to Chisinau over three years.

Additionally, in 2024, the EU will abolish roaming charges within EU borders for mobile network users coming from Moldova. There currently exists a regulation excluding roaming charges between Moldova and Romania.

Von der Leyen also promised to assign another 50 million euros for Chisinau to restore its rail infrastructure and 100 million euros to implement energy efficiency projects in support of socially vulnerable groups of the population and in preparation for the next winter season.

On June 1, Moldova will host a summit of the European Political Community, which will bring together leaders from across the continent.