FM: Hungary to help Moldova's EU integration
“The EU needs success stories; and the Eastern Partnership could be one, in which the Republic of Moldova has a very important role to play,” the foreign minister said.
The foreign ministry will assign two diplomats to work in Chişinău to help the Moldovan government’s progress towards European integration.
Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, announced the move following talks with Aureliu Ciocoi, Moldova’s foreign affairs and European integration minister.
The minister said EU enlargement and the Eastern Partnership program rank high among Hungary’s foreign policy priorities. Hungary seeks to develop bilateral relations and promotes closer ties between the European Union and Moldova, he added.
“The EU needs success stories; and the Eastern Partnership could be one, in which the Republic of Moldova has a very important role to play,” he said.
Minister Szijjártó noted that Moldova has signed a free trade agreement with the EU and is an observer state in the Eurasian Economic Union.
“When we talk about eastern partnership we mean actual partnership. You will never experience any lecturing or interference in domestic affairs from us,” he said. “We will never voice an opinion about your domestic affairs because that’s just simply none of our business.”
MTI also revealed that Eximbank is helping Hungary-Moldova business relations with a USD 100 million credit line and OTP has become the largest player in the Moldovan financial market through an investment, which will give further encouragement to Hungarian companies to invest there.