French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday, November 21, in a speech at the third edition of the Platform in Support of Moldova, that our country will receive additional international aid worth more than 100 million euros to manage the energy and refugee crisis.
“We have decided to bring more and more money for Moldova, including for Moldovan companies. We are offering more than 100 million euros, including to settle refugee issues and to allow refugees access to education, food and everything else that is needed. Two million euros are also being mobilised to help public energy reforms.
The crisis situation in Moldova will not affect medium-term projects in any way, which is why the Development Agency will invest €85 million in energy and other areas. Today’s conference also allowed us to show support for your reforms and that justifies this choice we are making to grant EU candidate status to Moldova,” Macron said.
The President of France also noted that “if necessary, we will continue to take other massive decisions regarding energy supply during the winter. (…) The whole European Union knows that you need this”.
The Moldova Support Platform is an initiative of Romania, Germany and France to generate immediate political, financial and material assistance and in-depth expertise for the democratic reform process from the European Union institutions and member states, G7 countries, international financial institutions and international organisations as well as other development partners.
“The purpose of organizing the Conferences is to mobilize, focus and coordinate political, technical and financial support from developed countries to Moldova,” according to the government in Chisinau.
The first edition of the Ministerial Conference of the Support Platform for the Republic of Moldova took place in Berlin, Germany, on 5 April. The second took place in Bucharest, Romania, on 15 July.