3rd EU-Moldova Forum - 19-20 June 2014, Balti

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Security policy, Association Agreement aftermath, enhanced free trade zone as well as economic and institutional reforms were the focus of the 3rd EU-Moldova Forum. Conference was held on 19-20 June in Balti, Moldova.

Mr. Manfred Grund, Member of German Bundestag, Chairman of the German Moldovan Forum spoke within opening remarks about association agreement to be signed on the 27th of June: "Moldova has a European perspective".

The Forum has been opened by Prime Minister Iurie Leanca. The main theme of his presentation was the association agreement and the reform process. At the beginning of his speech he mentioned that Moldova is on the way to become a country where all the citizens become comfortable. Mr Leanca mentioned in his speech the internal problems that Moldova is currently facing of consolidation of Moldova, the need to forstering of the whole country, create a solid foundation of stability and beneficial for all the regions, as Transnistrian area, Gagausia region.

Igor Corman, Speaker of the Parliament said at the beginning of his speech that each new edition of the Forum engage more people and invested lots of time and efforts to be ready to sign this association agreement.

During the conference, there were organized following discussion panels:
- Moldova's European Future
- Benefits of Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA)
- EU – Moldovan Relations: political association and european perspectives
- The visibility of European Integration: EU assistance and projects in Moldova
- Judicial reforms – fighting corruption and improving transparency
- Market reforms as an incentive for investors
- Strategy for implementing the EU agreements
- Transnistrian conflict settlement and European Integration

The conference was attended by about 150 participants from Moldova, Europe and the eastern neighborhood countries, including senior representatives of the government, leading politicians, business representatives, academics and representatives of local government and NGOs. Foundation East was represented by CEO Mirosław Matreńczyk.