13 march

Comissioner Malmstrom to visit Moldova in May - Manservisi

European Commissioner in charge of Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom will pay a visit to Moldova on May 22-23, Stefano Manservisi, the Director-General of the European Commission Directorate-General for Home Affairs (DG HOME), stated at a news conference in Chisinau on Tuesday at the end of his visit to this republic.

Manservisi confirmed that Moldova citizens will begin traveling to the EU Schengen Area without entry visas at about the end of May or beginning of June 2014. It is believed that Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom’s visit will be timed exactly to that remarkable event.

Stefano Manservisi highly appreciated the reforms implemented in Moldova, and spoke for further consolidation of the country’s relations with the European Union.

He said Moldova has entered the process of reforms to win trust, root out corruption and get integrated with the European Union, and “I have tried to do everything possible to facilitate this process. But very much work yet has to be done. I think Moldova is going to have a brilliant future”.

Moldovan Deputy Premier, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Natalia Gherman said that the only condition for Moldova citizens going for a visa-free voyage to the Schengen Area is that the traveler must have a biometrical passport.

“To prevent illegal migration, Moldova citizens may be asked questions, such as e.g. the purpose of the trip and its approximate duration. At the same time, they may be demanded to produce documents confirming the correctness of the traveler’s answers”, said Natalia Gherman.

While in Chisinau, Stefano Manservisi held a meeting with Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti, who decorated the European official with the Ordinul de Onoare [Order of Honor] “for his special merits in promoting the Republic of Moldova’s integration into European structures”.