The European Union announced on Tuesday the first five people from the Republic of Moldova sanctioned based on the procedure for countering actions to destabilize the country, initiated by the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu. “Romania will continue to support the resilience, European integration and democratic path of the Republic of Moldova”, said the Romanian diplomat.
The General Affairs Council of the EU adopted the first lists of sanctioned persons based on the EU sanctions regime for countering actions to destabilize the Republic of Moldova, created at the proposal of the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Romania had a central role in the creation of this EU sanctions regime, as well as in the preparation of the listing package, reports the MAE.
“The political-diplomatic efforts of the MFA determined solid support from all EU member states and European institutions, which led to the adoption of the regime in record time – being the fastest process of creating an EU sanctions regime until now”, the MFA press release also states.
The package adopted on May 30 includes five people listed under the regime of sanctions for countering actions to destabilize the Republic of Moldova, as well as two people listed under the regime of restrictive measures for actions that undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, these from being in close connection with the destabilization actions of the Republic of Moldova
“Approving the listings is an important step in sanctioning those responsible for destabilizing actions, and the decision is of particular importance in the current regional context marked by the consequences of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, as well as by the hybrid, extensive and systematic pressures on the Republic of Moldova, which include interference in internal political processes and attempts to undermine the constitutional order. Romania has a major interest in the implementation of this sanctions regime and the listing of persons based on it, for reasons that include ensuring security, resilience and stability in the Eastern Neighborhood as a whole, also being a measure that will increase Romania’s security and its citizens. Romania remains a firm supporter of the European path of the Republic of Moldova and we continue to actively support its firm and irreversible anchoring in the values of democracy and the rule of law”, Minister Bogdan Aurescu said on this occasion.
Based on the EU sanctions regime for countering destabilizing actions of the Republic of Moldova, the EU can take restrictive measures to counter actions that undermine or threaten the sovereignty and independence of the Republic of Moldova, as well as its democracy, rule of law, stability or security.
Sanctions may target individuals who undermine the democratic political process, including the organization of elections, or who attempt to overthrow the constitutional order, for example through acts of violence. The sanctions regime may also target individuals who engage in serious financial misconduct with respect to public funds and unauthorized capital export, to the extent that they could take control or seriously influence the activities of state authorities. Decisions on restrictive measures include the travel ban, the freezing of funds and economic resources, as well as the prohibition to make funds and economic resources available to natural and legal persons, entities or bodies responsible for actions or policies that undermine or threaten the sovereignty and independence of the Republic of Moldova .
Editor : I.C