Romanian president encourages CoE to support Moldova's European path

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has called on the Council of Europe to go on supporting Moldova.

At a session of the CoE Parliamentary Assembly (CoEPA), he said Romania was a keen supporter of the democratic process within its neighborhood, pointing out that the role of the CoEPA members was fundamental in consolidating democracy.

"Romania has firmly backed up Moldova’s democratic development since it declared its independence in 1991. Romania was the first country in the world to recognize Moldova’s independence. We preserve the conviction that the only way of bring long-term prosperity to the neighboring state is the European integration,” Iohannis said.

“I encourage the community of the Council of Europe to further support Moldova, taking into account that the next parliamentary elections in 2018 will have a crucial role as for the future democracy in that country," said the Romanian leader.

He added the EU’s expansion must continue, too.

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