The European Union has announced that it will no longer transfer funds to Moldova to support the implementation of reforms in the judiciary system. The decision has been taken in the context of insufficient commitments and progress made in the implementation of the reforms in the sector, which resulted in the loss of 28 million euros.
According to a press release of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Moldova, these funds were available for Chisinau authorities, who agreed to use them for the implementation of reforms in the justice sector during 2014 and 2015.
"The EU has carefully followed the process of reform implementation and noted that Moldovan authorities have shown insufficient commitment to implement the reforms in the justice sector in the period of 2014 and 2015. Given the insufficient allocation of funds and staffs, the necessary reforms have not been implemented. As a result, the progress that has been made is not sufficient," the press release reads.
Moreover, the source quoted said this means that the Moldovan authorities did not meet the conditions imposed by the EU to receive the last financial transfer of 28 million euro to support the reform in the justice sector. Thus, this amount will not be transferred to the state budget, remaining within the EU.
Head of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Moldova, Ambassador Peter Michalko, said that "the EU continues to support Moldovans, who are working hard for a better future. We are now analyzing how we can help citizens in the coming years and we want to give priority to projects that will directly improve the lives of Moldovans," Peter Michalko said.
Also, according to the press release, the European Union has temporally suspended the payments for budget support for four other sectors. The date on which they will be made will be announced in a timely manner.