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Political analyses and commentaries on “Foreign policy / European integration” topic

Pre electoral context
Igor Botan, September 2, 2016
Presidential elections scheduled for October 30, 2016 take place in a very complicated social-political and economic context. The political crisis erupted in December 2014, when the Moldovan authorities announced that a billion US dollars was illegally evaded from the banking system[]
Gagauzia before the Elections of the Governor
Igor Botan, February 27, 2015
The electoral campaign for the elections of the governor is a natural occasion to discuss the problems of the people in the Gagauz autonomy. The substance and gravity of their problems are diverse. The electoral competition will lead to the identification of the candidate who offers the best and most agreeable solutions to voters[]
EU — Moldova Forum
Igor Botan, March 31, 2011
Moldovan authorities more and more frequently show that they mastered the art of making influential friends for the country they rule. This is important and necessary. The last example in this regard is the EU-Moldova Forum, held on March 29 to 31 in Chisinau[]
The Myth about the Story…
Igor Botan, March 15, 2011
Joe Biden explained the reason of his visit: “I will visit the Republic of Moldova, because this country is a democratic success story”[]
Patriotic exhibitionism and Romanian danger
Igor Botan, July 17, 2009
During the early parliamentary elections main political parties clarify in fact which of them loves the Motherland the most. The ruling Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM) claims that only leaders and members of this party love the Motherland. PCRM has launched its campaign slogan — Let’s defend our Motherland![]
Eastern Partnership — opportunity or barrier for European integration of Moldova?
Oleg Cristal, March 31, 2009
During the March 20, 2009 session of the European Council, EU heads of state and government approved the Polish-Swedish European Commission’s initiative on the Eastern Partnership. Besides EU member states the Eastern Partnership covers six eastern neighboring countries: Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia[]
CIS summit — a pretext for a propagandistic campaign?
Igor Botan, November 15, 2008
During November 13–14, 2008, Chisinau hosted the summit of CIS heads of government. Much was written about this regional organisation, though it deserved only some ascertainments. The CIS may claim the title of the most secret regional international organisation[]
Republic of Moldova shall join EU one day, somehow…
Igor Botan, June 30, 2008
President Vladimir Voronin chaired a sitting of the National Commission for European integration on July 25, 2008. In all likelihood, the sitting was set over the expiration of the November 28, 1994 Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) between European Communities and their member states, on one hand, and the Republic of Moldova, on the other hand[]
Sankt-Petersburg CIS Summit
Igor Botan, June 15, 2008
The informal CIS Summit held in Sankt-Petersburg on June 6–7, 2008 had a distinct significance. All CIS leaders have shown interest to attend the summit and this is a rarity. Grave problems between a number of CIS states and Russia could not halt the participation in the first collective meeting with the newly-elected Russian president, Dmitri Medvedyev[]
The Action Plan is dead. Long live the Plan!
Elena Prohnitchi, April 15, 2008
On April 3, the European Commission made public the second document analyzing the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy by the partner countries during the period November 2006 — December 2007 (Communication to the Council and the Parliament on the ENP implementation in 2007)[]
E.U. — Republic of Moldova Action Plan turns 3
Igor Botan, February 29, 2008
On February 22, 2008, the European Union — Republic of Moldova Action Plan (EUMAP) signed at the 7th Meeting of the Cooperation Council turned three. This is an occasion to sum up accomplishments and estimate prospects[]
Visa facilitation agreement: “Beer for members of trade unions only?!”
Igor Botan, January 30, 2008
The agreement allows the issuance of E.U. multi-visas and stipulates a 35-euro single visa issuance fee[]
Communication from the Commission “A Strong European Neighbourhood Policy”. Preliminary conclusions for Moldova
Sergiu Buscaneanu, December 16, 2007
The European Commission released on December 5, 2007 a new communication titled “A Strong European Neighbourhood Policy”. The Moldovan mass media did not cover this document much[]
Weekly meetings of the National Commission for European Integration — an early assessment
Margareta Mamaliga, September 30, 2007
At the 13 September meeting of the National Commission for European Integration (NCEI) Prime Minister Vasile Tarlev reiterated the irreversible nature of Moldova’s European integration objective and demanded the full implementation of the provisions of the European Union — Moldova Action Plan (AP) by 17 November 2007[]
E.U.-Moldova Cooperation Council (June 2007)
Sergiu Buscaneanu, July 3, 2007
Luxembourg hosted the 9th Meeting of the European Union-Moldova Cooperation Council on June 19, 2007. President Voronin headed the group of Moldovan officials who attended the meeting[]
Evolution of European option in Moldova (2000–2007)
Sergiu Buscaneanu, May 31, 2007
This approach reveals the evolution of European option in Moldova from August 2000 to May 2007, establishes the profile of “Europtimistic” group of people and the hierarchy of criteria that divide the public opinion concerning the European integration[]
Perception of foreign relations (Part II)
Igor Botan, March 4, 2007
The internal political stability in Moldova is strongly influenced by its foreign relations in the virtue of certain factors. However, it seems that authorities are not steadfast in ensuring an appropriate legal support for new trends, though the perception of foreign relations by citizens has essentially changed after the March 2005 parliamentary elections[]
Moldova within ENP. First assessment report by the European Commission
Sergiu Buscaneanu, January 31, 2007
The first seven action plans worked out within the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and launched by the European Commission turned two on December 9, 2006, while the European Union-Moldova Action Plan signed at the 7th meeting of the EU-Moldova Cooperation Council will turn two on February 22, 2007[]
Implications of Romania’s accession to EU on Moldovan-Romanian bilateral relations
Monica Sitaru, December 30, 2006
As it was already said, the accession to the European Union (EU) is a historical moment for Romania. But the moment of euphoria will pass and it is normal to focus on concrete actions that Romania should take to continue internal reforms and to respect commitments assumed during negotiations with the EU[]
Governmental monitoring of the EU-Moldova Action Plan’s implementation process
Sergiu Buscaneanu, October 15, 2006
The present article aims to highlight some issues regarding the governmental monitoring of the EU-Moldova Action Plan’s implementation process[]
Appeal of GUAM and eventual implications
Igor Botan, September 30, 2006
The May 22 Kiev GUAM summit decided to sanction this regional organisation and to establish its priorities, including the settlement of the separatist conflicts in member states[]
The three deteriorated pillars
Sergiu Grosu, September 15, 2006
Half of the term for the implementation o the European Union — Moldova Action Plan (EUMAP) has passed[]
European integration remains a priority of the Republic of Moldova
Igor Botan, July 31, 2006
The spring-summer session of the Parliament has ended, as usually, with totals made by country’s leadership. In spite of optimistic reports, political developments in Moldova in the first half of 2006 and especially in July have been marked by serious uncertainties[]
New customs regime and Ukrainian factor: Main piece of resistance or weak link?
Radu Vrabie, May 17, 2006
The new-old customs regime introduced at the Moldovan-Ukrainian border on March 3 is being implemented for the third month, but the attitude of the main participating actors towards this measure has not substantially changed[]
Driving away from CIS
Igor Botan, May 15, 2006
The August 2006 CIS summit in Kazani has declared 2006 as “the year of CIS”. The motive is that this structure turns 15 in December 2006[]
Public opinion in Moldova concerning Euro-Atlantic integration
Viorel Cibotaru, April 28, 2006
The Republic of Moldova adopted a political decision last year to develop its relations with the North-Atlantic Treaty Organisation at a new quality stage[]
Improvement of electoral legislation
Cristian Untila, February 28, 2006
The European Union — Moldova Action Plan has recently turned one and the implementation of this very important document was summarised in Chisinau on this occasion[]
New concepts on foreign policy and national security
Igor Botan, February 14, 2006
In compliance with the December 22, 2005 #374-IV and January 16, 2006 #414-IV presidential decrees, national commissions made up by high-ranking state officials are due to draft the national security concept and foreign policy concept of the Republic of Moldova by March 1, 2006[]
Forum of Community of Democratic Option
Igor Botan, December 5, 2005
The Republic of Moldova participated in the constitution of the Community of Democratic Option (CDO) and signed the declaration at the end of the forum that took place in Kiev, Ukraine, on December 2[]
Kazan’ CIS Summit
Igor Botan, August 30, 2005
International political climate sets favorable conditions for Russia to strengthen its positions in CIS[]
Upgrading of GUUAM. Tendencies and perspectives
Iurie Gotisan, April 25, 2005
The reason to create the GUUAM is as actual and motivated as possible The project on creation of an efficient union of states, regarded especially as an economic and, eventually, defence-military alliance, within the non-functional Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), was libelled as counterproductive since its creation in 1997, being permanently criticized and obstructed[]
The GUUAM summit
Igor Botan, April 17, 2005
Perspectives of GUUAM after upgrading leave room for many questions related to[]
Astana Summit: an evidence to the CIS crisis
Igor Botan, September 26, 2004
President Voronin’s refusal to attend CIS Summit in Astana and use that opportunity to talk to Presidents Putin and Kucima on ways of settling Transdnistrian conflict indicates that the potential for negotiations on Transdnistria with the participation of Russia and Ukraine has been fully exhausted[]
Is European integration still of strategic importance?
Igor Botan, January 11, 2004
In his speech of December 26, 2003 at the closing of the Parliament fall-winter session, Vladimir Voronin outlined new tasks for the year 2004. One of those tasks was speeding up the efforts in view of Republic of Moldova’ integration into EU[]
Asymmetric reasoning
October 20, 2003
At the end of November expires Republic of Moldova’s presidency over Council of Europe Ministerial Council[]
Who would take us to Europe?
Oazu Nantoi, October 19, 2003
Political developments in the last twenty years have changed dramatically the political geography of the European continent. In May 2004 European Union would open up to ten new members, whereas in 2007 three other members, i.e. Romania, Bulgaria, and Croatia are expected to join EU[]
One step forward, two steps back…
October 6, 2003
President Voronin’s negative reaction to the establishment of the Single Economic Area (SEA) by Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus has spurred some contradictory reactions among the Moldovan society[]
CIS Summit and European Integration
Igor Botan, October 5, 2003
Albeit there were quite a lot of speculations lately on the European vector of the Moldovan foreign policy, still there is much doubt on the sincerity of the Communist authorities in this respect[]
European Integration Conception — at last…
Mariana Argint, September 21, 2003
The Government has finally prepared the draft of the “Conception for European Integration of the Republic of Moldova”. Its discussion and more accurate definition are yet to come[]
European Integration — A Strategic Objective?
August 7, 2003
On 31 July 2003, The Parliament held the closing meeting of the 2003 spring-summer session, which heard reports by President Voronin, Prime Minister Tarlev and Speaker Ostapciuc[]
Political parties between the EU and the CIS
Stefan Gorda, July 14, 2003
A defining element for understanding the position of parties on the issue of European integration is the way they conceive the geopolitical orientation of our state[]
Political Parties and European Integration
Stefan Gorda, July 7, 2003
In the Republic of Moldova, the European option has first gained shape in the administrative structures rather than inside the political parties[]
The Vector of European Integration
Igor Botan, June 15, 2003
According to the Government Plan of Activities for the first quarter of 2003, the Conception of European Integration was to be developed by 14 March 2003, and promulgated by the President on 9 May 2003, on Europe Day[]
Moldova — future EU neighbour or member?
Valeriu Gheorghiu, April 27, 2003
European Union (EU) relations with Moldova are as old as 10 years, yet they have evolved much slower than with other European countries. Most often, the blame is put on the Transdnistrian conflict and Russia’s involvement, as well as on the fact that Moldova belongs to the former Soviet space[]
Referendum on joining EU
December 23, 2002
Vladimir Voronin’s visit to Washington and his appeal to heads of EU states to support Republic of Moldova’s efforts to join EU are undoubtedly the most significant events of the 2002 political year[]
Metamorphoses
December 16, 2002
Republic of Moldova President, Vladimir Voronin is due to make an official visit to US at the invitation of US President George W. Bush on December 16–20[]
Perspectives of CIS development
Igor Botan, October 14, 2002
The great majority of domestic observers view as very modest not to say null the impact of the Community of Independent States (CIS) Summit hosted in Chisinau on October 6–7[]