A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (15 November 2019) on the confirmation of the new government in the Moldovan Parliament:
Moldova still faces major challenges. It is crucial that the new government led by Prime Minster Chicu continues along the path of reform that has been embarked upon. The Federal Government welcomes the progress made in the areas of justice and the fight against corruption under the leadership of former Prime Minister Sandu. Only continued implementation of the reform agenda across party political lines can fulfil the expectations that the Moldovan people place in a state under the rule of law. These expectations include a full investigation into the bank fraud scandal of 2014/2015 and a willingness to grapple with the consequences.
Effective cooperation between Germany and the EU and Moldova depends on resolute implementation of the reform agenda. The association agreement and the free trade agreement with the EU will continue to serve as guides for future cooperation, alongside the rule of law.
On 12 November 2019, Prime Minister Sandu’s government collapsed following a vote of no confidence submitted by its coalition partner PSRM (Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova). A new government under the leadership of Prime Minister Chicu has been in power since 14 November 2019. Key priorities of the Sandu government were judicial reform and fighting corruption as well as full investigation of the bank fraud scandal of 2014/1015, when more than one billion US dollars disappeared from the Moldovan banking system.