EU Threatens Moldova Sanctions Expansion

The European Union may expand its sanctions list to include individuals and entities undermining democracy and Moldova's sovereignty.

This warning came from Jānis Mažeiks, the EU Ambassador to Chișinău, during a recent interview on Radio Moldova.

Ambassador Mažeiks explained the EU's sanctions process, emphasising the need for concrete evidence before imposing sanctions. He highlighted that the current list targets six individuals and one entity responsible for destabilising Moldova. However, the list can be expanded if EU member states reach a consensus on additional targets.

Sanctions imposed by the EU typically involve freezing financial resources and travel bans within the EU area. These sanctions are only implemented after a rigorous review process to ensure they are legally sound and can withstand potential challenges.

The EU established a new sanctions framework specifically for Moldova in April 2023. This framework allows the EU to target individuals and entities engaging in activities that threaten Moldova's democratic institutions, rule of law, and stability.

Translation by Iurie Tataru

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