EU Commissioner for Agriculture to Visit Moldova

EU & MOLDOVA - As the Republic of Moldova prepares to take the next step towards EU membership, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Ciolos, will be visiting the country on 11 and 12 October 2013.
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European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Ciolos, will be in the Republic of Moldova on 11 and 12 October 2013 at the invitation of the Government in Chi?in?u. Commissioner Ciolos will in particular have bilateral meetings in Chisinau with the President of the Republic of Moldova Nicolae Timofti, with Prime Minister Iurie Leanca, with the Speaker of the Parliament Igor Corman and the Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry Vasile Bumacov.

The visit takes place in the context of the Republic of Moldova's preparation for the initialling of the Association Agreement with the European Union, foreseen to take place at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, in November 2013.

"Bringing the Republic of Moldova closer to the European Union, through its accession to the European market, will not only create jobs but also improve citizens' life. With the conclusion of the Association Agreement, the Republic of Moldova will have real opportunities for economic development through unrestricted access to a market of more than half a billion consumers", stated Commissioner Ciolos before the visit.

At the beginning of October, the European Commission proposed to the Council and the European Parliament to fully open the European Union's market to wine imports from the Republic of Moldova, in advance of the envisaged application of the EU - Republic of Moldova Association Agreement and the related Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA).

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