PRESS RELEASE, 3199th Council meeting, Foreign Affairs / Defence, Brussels, 19 November 2012
20.11.2012 ,
 

Republic of Moldova - action plan on visa liberalisation

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

"The Council reaffirms the EU’s commitment to the shared objective of visa-free travel for the
citizens of the Republic of Moldova in due course provided that the conditions for well-managed
and secure mobility as set out in the Action Plan on Visa Liberalisation are in place. In this context,
the Council, recalling that such an Action Plan was presented to the authorities of the Republic of
Moldova in January 2011 and that two reports on its implementation were presented by the
Commission services in September 2011 and in February 2012, welcomes the Commission’s third
report of 22 June 2012 on the implementation by the Republic of Moldova of the Action Plan on
Visa Liberalisation. The Council also welcomes the Commission’s report on possible migratory and
security impacts on the European Union of future visa liberalisation for the Republic of Moldova,
and underlines its importance as well as the need to address the identified potential impacts and
measures in the process of implementing the Action Plan on Visa Liberalisation, including as
regards the integration of minorities, the tackling of illegal migration and the fight against
trafficking in human beings.

Building on these reports, the Council shares the analysis that the Republic of Moldova has fulfilled
all the benchmarks under the first phase of the Action Plan on Visa Liberalisation, and decides to
launch the assessment of the benchmarks set out under the second phase. In this connection, the
Council stresses the need for full and effective implementation of all the benchmarks under the
second phase.

The Council invites the Commission to continue supporting the Republic of Moldova in
implementing the Action Plan on Visa Liberalisation, as well as to continue reporting about the
implementation thereof, including on the follow-up to the Commission’s report on possible
migratory and security impacts, with a view to deciding on the fulfilment of all the benchmarks of
the Action Plan on Visa Liberalisation."

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