EU ceases financial support for justice reforms in Moldova

Today, the EU has announced that it will not transfer any further funds to the Moldovan state budget to support reforms in the justice sector, IPN reports.

In a press release, the EU Delegation to Moldova says the EU has closely observed the reform process and noted that the Moldovan authorities showed insufficient commitment to reforming the justice sector in 2014 and 2015. With insufficient allocation of funds and personnel, the necessary reforms have not been carried out. As a result, progress has not been sufficient.

This means that the Moldovan authorities have not fulfilled the EU’s conditions for receiving the last financial transfer under the justice reform program, which amount to €28 million. This sum will not be paid to the Moldovan state budget, but remain with the EU.

The Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Moldova, Ambassador Peter Michalko, said the EU continues to support Moldovans as they work hard for a better future. “We are now reflecting on how we can assist the citizens in the coming years. We want to give priority to projects that directly improve the lives of Moldovans,” stated the diplomat.

The EU has also paused payments of budget support in another four policy areas. The timing of payment will be clarified in due time.