Romania blocked a critical statement of the European Union about the situation in Moldova because of the "nuances in determining the most effective approaches." As reported by NewsMaker, the Romanian Foreign Ministry stressed that now we have the “inappropriate conditions for the adoption of critical conclusions on Moldova by the EU”.
In Romania, they said that the EU "should directly communicate its position and expectations to Chisinau" regarding reforms.
The Foreign Ministry noted that relations with Moldova are a constant topic of discussion at the EU level.
"Under the circumstances, Romania considered that all conditions for accepting the Council of EU Foreign Ministers conclusions were not fulfilled," the statement said.
The statement on the situation in Moldova was approved at a meeting of the Council of the EU Foreign Ministers on December 7. Finally, it should have been approved on December 10, but Romania and Hungary were against it.
The draft statement states that “invalidation of the mayoral elections in Chisinau” raises serious concerns about Moldova’s compliance with its obligations to fulfill the Association Agreement with the EU.
In addition, the document expressed concern about the "increase in the number of reported cases of pressure and intimidation" in Moldova.