Speaker of the Seimas: ‘Lithuania supports Moldova on its path towards the European Union’
Press release, 4 April 2023
Following her meeting with Igor Grosu, President of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, Speaker of the Seimas, said that Moldova’s status as an EU candidate country and the accelerated pace of integration have opened up a historic opportunity for Moldova and its people, which Lithuania is determined to assist with.
Photo by Olga Posaškova, Office of the Seimas
‘We are well aware that there will be attempts to derail Moldova from the Euro-integration track. Over the past months, we have seen attempts by Russia and its proxies to destabilise your country by energy means, cyber-attacks, protests and other disruptive activities. You can count on Lithuania, because we support your determination to pursue the path of Euro-integration and are willing to help you in every possible way,’ said Ms Čmilytė-Nielsen in a brief press conference held right after the meeting.
The Speaker of the Seimas believes that right now the best response to Moscow’s disruptive plans is the swift implementation of the reforms required for EU integration. Moreover, such reforms would strengthen the overall resilience of Moldova and accelerate the EU accession negotiations.
The Speaker of the Seimas went on saying at the meeting that Lithuania would implement two new projects in Moldova later this year to support EU integration. ‘This way we will provide expert assistance to Moldovan public institutions and intensify targeted support in the areas in which we have strong expertise and experience, such as cyber security, economic diplomacy, resilience to hybrid threats, etc. We already have over 300 Lithuanian experts on Euro-integration prepared to provide advisory support,’ the Speaker of the Seimas said.
According to Ms Čmilytė-Nielsen, the upcoming NATO Summit to be held in Vilnius, which will focus on deterrence and defence, strengthening of the Eastern flank, and Ukraine’s membership of NATO, was an inevitable item on the agenda of the meeting with Mr Grosu.
‘Moldova is a close NATO partner, and Lithuania supports this cooperation. In the run-up to the Vilnius Summit, we have talked about increased support for and expectations of partners, Moldova included, that have been most affected by Russia’s aggressive and malicious policies,’ Ms Čmilytė-Nielsen said.
Igor Grosu, President of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, and the delegation under his leadership are visiting Lithuania at the invitation of the Speaker of the Seimas on 3–5 April.