Leaders of European Socialists and Democrats urge on political stability in Moldova

Leaders of European Socialists and Democrats urge on political stability in Moldova, The president of the S&D Group Gianni Pittella and president of the PES Sergei Stanishev, Association Agreement, enlargement, Marian Lupu, leader of the Democratic Party

The president of the S&D Group Gianni Pittella and president of the PES Sergei Stanishev call on the Moldovan authorities and all political forces to demonstrate their responsibility towards the country by lowering tensions and guaranteeing stability. That would be the first precondition to successfully face the challenges the country is facing and respect the expectations of citizens with functioning and fair institutions. Moldova can progress and continue along the European path by striking up the needed reforms.

Political struggles and instability have consumed too much time and obstructed implementation of important reforms in the recent years. The political stalemate in the country hampers the effective implementation of the Association Agreement and making full use of its opportunities.

The future of Moldova is at stake and only stable institutions committed with the European model can assure it. Challengers to the constitutional order endanger the whole process.

Sergei Stanishev, president of Party of European Socialists, said:

"We are worried by the calls to violence against the legitimate representatives of the Moldovan people. We believe that the current political issues can only be solved through intensive dialogue and respect of the rule of law."

Gianni Pittella and Sergei Stanishev held a meeting in Strasbourg with both members of the current governing coalition, Marian Lupu, leader of the Democratic Party of Moldova, and Mihai Ghimpu, from the Liberal Party of Moldova. During the meetings, Moldovan leaders expressed their will to implement the necessary reforms to address the expectations of the Moldovan people.

S&D president Gianni Pittella stressed:

"We want to see Moldova progressing and modernising. The country has signed the most advanced generation of the Association Agreement with the EU. Moldova has, therefore, a unique opportunity to make concrete progress in its European aspirations. We urge the newly established authorities in Chisinau to get back to work and to adopt and implement much needed reforms for the benefit of all Moldovan citizens and to fight corruption. We have received reassurances in this respect. We are calling for responsibility from all political actors in the country and strongly encourage political dialogue and condemn any extremist or violent actions."

The Social Democratic European family firmly condemn any act of political violence which not only threatens the needed peaceful atmosphere for progress, but also the regional security.