The EU further increases its budget support to Moldova, providing a total of €135 million since the end of last year
Today, on the occasion of the second Ministerial Conference of the Support Platform for Moldova, the Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, OlivierVarhelyi, announced that the 53 million euros budget support issued in April this year will be increased to 75 million euros. With the budgetary support of 60 million euros adopted at the end of last year,it brings the of the European Union total budget support package for Moldova €135 million since December 2021. This budget support program addresses rising energy costs as well as the serious consequences of Russia’s war against Ukraine.
This additional support will help the Republic of Moldova cope with the multiple repercussions of Russian military aggression against Ukraine. In particular, it will help the most vulnerable segments of the population of Moldova cope with rising energy costs and support the long-term socio-economic recovery, energy security and energy transition of the Republic of Moldova. This support should be delivered quickly by the end of the month.
Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, Olivier Varhelyisaid: “The EU stands with the Republic of Moldova in these difficult times. We continue to provide our support to help the country cope with the serious consequences of Russia’s war against Ukraine. European solidarity with the Republic of Moldova is unshakable.
This 135 million euros the budget support package adds to the 150 million euros macro-financial assistance program and the emergency assistance already provided by the EU to the Republic of Moldova.
- 13 million euros in humanitarian aid, to provide emergency aid at border crossing points, transit points and reception centres, as well as to guarantee basic living conditions for refugees currently displaced in Moldova.
- 15 million euros support the dignified and effective treatment of refugees as well as the safe transit and repatriation of third-country nationals, in close collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
- 15 million euros to support the EU Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM). The Mission has recently reoriented its activities to help Moldovan border guards manage refugee arrivals. The mission will work hand in hand with Frontex, which is stepping up its deployment in the country, following the agreement on the status of cooperation in border management signed on 17 March 2022 by the EU and the Moldovan authorities. . EUBAM’s mandate has also been strengthened, giving the possibility of obtaining executive powers for border control. This will allow EUBAM staff to participate directly in border control if necessary and to complement the border management teams of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex).
- Through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, 19 countries (18 Member States plus Norway) have already donated large amounts of shelter items, energy supplies and medical aid. The Commission has also mobilized medical equipment from the rescEU medical stocks hosted by Hungary and the Netherlands.
In addition to crisis management, the EU continues to support Moldova’s long-term resilience, notably through the Eastern Partnership Economic and investment plan, aimed at mobilizingaround 3.4 billion euros in public and in privateinvestmentsfor five key themes: support for SMEs, trade facilitation, energy efficiency, connectivity and human capital development. Last week, the European Investment Bank and Moldova agreed Loan of 150 million euros to connect Moldova to the TEN-T network.
Since February 24, 2022, Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against Ukraine has had devastating consequences, especially for the people of Ukraine. While more than 4 million refugees have fled the war, it has also posed a clear challenge to neighboring countries. Since the start of the aggression, Moldova has received a large number of refugees fleeing Russian bombs. With 100,000 Ukrainian refugees currently in Moldova, it is the country with the most refugees per inhabitant, while having to manage twice as many refugees transiting through its territory.
Today Second Ministerial Conference of the Support Platform for Moldova was organized by Romania and took place in Bucharest. Created by Germany, France and Romania, the platform brings together EU Member States, G7 countries, international partners and like-minded countries to mobilize immediate and concrete international support for the Republic of Moldova facing the current situation.