Collective expert interview: The justice chapter should be a priority, together with the security, political, social and economic issues

For this FES/APE foreign policy newsletter, we have discussed with several experts in different fields to find out what Moldova’s tasks in 2024 should be, after the decision of the European Council of 14 December 2023 to give green light for the opening of accession negotiations with Moldova. The

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INTERVIEW// Liliana Palihovici: The EC report draws attention to the discrepancy between the offer of the education system and the demands of the labour market


The pre-vetting selected candidates strongly suspected of political connections, which generates a lack of trust


Natalia Albu: "With the intensification of Russian military actions in Ukraine, I don't think that Russia's agenda for the Republic of Moldova has disappeared"


It is very important for the government to produce results in the European integration process


Our approach is to modernize the army and not to increase the personnel or technical ceiling


The Moldovan army has mobility, but what needs to be developed is the enemy contact fire capability


INTERVIEW// Vladimir Socor, foreign policy analyst, Jamestown Foundation: „Russia will not invade Ukraine, and if it does make a minor incursion, that will aim at Ukraine’s domestic policy”


INTERVIEW// Cornelia Cozonac: I believed then Moldova will develop very quickly and move at the same pace as the Baltic states


INTERVIEW// Iulian CIocan: I didn


INTERVIEW// Vasile Soimaru: We hoped to get rid of the Soviet power, but this did not happen because the ‘Empire’ was in us


INTERVIEW// Iulian Fota: Russian troops in the Transnistrian region are relevant only to the Republic of Moldova


INTERVIEW// Leonid Litra: „The increase of the Russian presence in the Black Sea is guaranteed in the coming years”


Pirkka Tapiola, Head of the European Union Delegation to Moldova: “The country passed through periods of political instability and crisis. This has forced us also to look at the situation with more prudence”


Veaceslav Platon, about the US investigation over the theft from BEM, Vlad Plahotniuc’s role in banking frauds and Mihail Gofman’s disclosures


Doug Squires, anti-corruption expert in US: "Anyone who puts money in pocket illegally, hurts the society"


Maia Sandu: “The interest in reforms of the current governance is very low”


Pirkka Tapiola, Head of the European Union Delegation to Moldova: “There is no real political will to reform Justice sector”


Minister of Education Maia Sandu, about the conviction of ex chief of finance, Kroll report, 2015 Baccalaureate, and corruption in Education


Daniel Morar, former head of the Romanian National Anticorruption Division, about the fight against highly corrupt: “If there is no internal political will, you can’t do anything”