Moldova brings Europe together in an expression of unity and shared commitment to peace
- Around 50 European leaders meeting today in the Moldovan village of Bulboaca
- Second meeting of the EPC marks biggest international summit in Moldova’s history
- President Maia Sandu is expected to say the summit “is a clear expression of our unity, strength, and determination to act together as a single family”
Government leaders from across all of Europe and Heads of European institutions will convene in Moldova today at the second summit of the European Political Community (EPC) to discuss joint efforts for security, energy resilience and connectivity - the building of a common European home.
After welcoming leaders to the summit, Moldovan President Maia Sandu will make a speech in the plenary where she is expected to say that the event “is a clear expression of our unity, strength, and determination to act together as a single family - a family that sticks together, a family that works together to address common issues, a single European family where states from inside and outside the European Union act together to dissuade aggression and consolidate peace on the continent.”
She is also expected to say that “all of us have the right and ability to shape our own destinies” and that “for Moldova, that means being part of the free world, playing an active part in the European Political Community, joining the European Union and working together to build a stronger Europe.”
The EPC is a unique and unparalleled platform, providing small and large countries, both within and outside the EU, with an equal voice during discussions. It is also the first summit held in a non-EU country and one bordering the war in Ukraine - symbolising solidarity and support for Moldova in the face of adversities.
The President will welcome heads of state and government this morning at the Mimi Castle in Bulboaca - a historic vineyard about 35 km away from the Moldovan capital Chisinau - before making an address at the opening ceremony at noon.
Leaders will then participate in collaborative roundtable discussions on the three key themes of the summit: ensuring peace and security, improving energy security, and boosting connectivity across the continent.
Discussions on supporting Ukraine against Russia’s full scale invasion will have particular importance, with leaders meeting only 20 km from the Ukrainian border.
Bilateral meetings will then be held between attending leaders followed by a closing press conference with President Sandu.