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Moldova plans 2024 referendum on EU entry: President Sandu

Moldova plans 2024 referendum on EU entry: President Sandu Photo: Maia Sandu, President of Moldova (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

Moldova's President Maia Sandu initiates a referendum in the fall of 2024 on the country's accession to the European Union, according to the president's video address marking three years in office.

In her video address, Sandu reminded that the leaders of the European Union recently approved the decision to start negotiations on Moldova's integration. According to her, this achievement "seemed impossible three years ago".

"We still have a lot to do, and most importantly, ensure peace and a better future for all families and children in Moldova. We have a guarantee of such a future only as a member state of the European Union," added Moldova's leader.

Sandu called on the parliament to initiate a referendum in the fall of 2024, where the voice of the country's residents will be decisive.

She specifically sought support from the people for her candidacy in the upcoming elections next year, where she will participate to "complete the mission of European integration."

European Union summit

On December 14 in Brussels, the European Council summit took place, during which the leaders of EU member countries approved the start of negotiations for the accession of Ukraine and Moldova to the EU.

During the voting, Hungarian Prime Minister Orban left the meeting room and did not block the decision of the Euro Council regarding Ukraine. Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz prompted him to take such an action.

As previously noted by the Head of the EU Delegation Janis Mazeiks, the EU hopes that Moldova will be able to join the bloc within its internationally recognized borders, including the Transnistrian region.