Moldova’s pro-EU government falls amid economic turmoil, Russian pressure
“If our government had had the same support at home as we had from our European partners, we could have advanced further and faster,” Gavriliţa said.
“Moldova is entering a new phase, one in which security is our priority,” she added.
Chișinău’s EU course
Gavrilița became prime minister in August 2021 after her pro-European Party of Action and Solidarity secured a majority in parliament with a mandate to clean up corruption.
Moldova was granted EU candidate status last June, together with Ukraine, but the government in Chișinău has faced intense pressure from Russia, which has sought to undermine its authority.
The government had been mapping out reforms to accelerate accession to the EU and working on diversifying its energy supply with European support.
The government collapse comes just days after Gavriliţa met with European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels to take stock of Moldova’s EU membership prospects.
“Moldova is a collateral victim of the war in Ukraine and has faced multiple crises, overlapping crises since the onset of the war,” Gavrilița said.
“We saw the anti-government protests, bomb threats, cybersecurity attacks and we think that this is part of a larger effort of various groups that want to prevent the European integration of Moldova and to thwart the government from this path,” she told EURACTIV in Brussels.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told EU leaders during Thursday’s EU summit in Brussels that Kyiv had intercepted Russian plans to “destroy” Moldova.
Moldovan intelligence services later confirmed they had also identified “subversive activities” aimed at “undermining the state of the Republic of Moldova, destabilising and violating public order.”