TALLINN – Led by Estonian MEP Urmas Paet and French MEP Nathalie Louseau, members of the European Parliament committee on foreign affairs and subcommittee on security and defense will be visiting Moldova from Thursday to Saturday.
The 10-member delegation will be led by Urmas Paet, vice chair of the committee on foreign affairs, and Nathalie Loiseau, chair of the subcommittee on security and defense, spokespeople said.
More than 300,000 war refugees have arrived in Moldova since Russia's unprovoked and illegal invasion of Ukraine, placing a heavy burden on the small country. Moldova's independence and sovereignty are also threatened by Russia's military presence in the breakaway region of Transnistria. Moldova has recently formally applied for membership of the European Union.
The delegation will meet with Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita, speaker of the Moldovan parliament Igor Grosu, members of parliament and representatives of international organizations.
On March 24, the European Parliament approved financial assistance of 150 million euros to Moldova. Parliament also approved the activities of the European border and coast guard agency Frontex in Moldova and on the Moldovan-Ukrainian border.