Iurie Leanca, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova met in Berlin with Members of the Bundestag, representatives from government agencies and selected think tanks to discuss the priorities of Moldova’s foreign policy and the developments in Transnistria.
On the progress of Moldova’s integration with the EU, there was concern that the preoccupation with the EU debt crisis might detract EU’s efforts to integrate aspiring members such as Moldova. Moldova’s response was to press on with its goal to strengthen integration with the EU, albeit another option on the table to consider was towards achieving integration with the Eurasian community.
When outlining Moldova’s foreign policy, the external relations with Russia, Romania and Ukraine were discussed. On Transnistria, participants discussed the present modality and observed that the issue would not hurt Moldova’s prospect of closer relations with the EU. Also discussed were the migration of young Moldovians abroad, and the developments of civil society in the country.
Körber Foundation regularly invites a small circle of high-ranking actors within Berlin’s foreign policy community to its Political Background Discussions. As in the Bergedorf Round Tables, the discussions take place shielded from the public, so as to enable a confidential, frank, and constructive exchange.