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Moldovan Envoy To Meet With EU's Enlargement Commissioner

Moldova’s Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Galbur is due to meet in Brussels on February 8 with Johannes Hahn, the European commissioner in charge of EU enlargement negotiations.

Galbur also serves as Moldova’s foreign minister and is the top official in Chisinau in charge of the country’s European Union integration.

Moldova has been actively pursuing EU membership, having signed an Association Agreement with the bloc in 2014.

But a corruption scandal that led to the downfall of the previous government in 2015 has raised concerns about the ability of authorities in Chisinau to carry out the reforms needed to bring the country into line with European standards.

Street protests broke out in January after lawmakers approved a new pro-European government led by Prime Minister Pavel Filip.

Antigovernment demonstrators are calling for early elections that could boost Kremlin influence in Moldova, an outcome that could complicate Chisinau’s efforts to become an EU member state.

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