Moldovan pro-European sentiment remains shaky, polls show

Cateva sute de oameni protesteaza dupa ce Igor Dodon a castigat alegerile prezidentiale in defavoarea Maiei Sandu, luni, 14 octombrie 2016. Inquam Photos / Adel Al-Haddad

Upon being asked about the Republic of Moldova’s pro-EU commitment, President Klaus Iohannis stated that „there are no signs that the pro-European, pro-reform approach of Moldova will change, but on the contrary”. He stressed that „the ordinary people there, the local administrations need additional support – which we are willing to offer”.

The comment was made in the the context of latest polls demonstrating that Moldovans’ pro-EU sentiment remains fragile. The latest poll conducted by IDIS Viitorul think tank shows that a core of nearly 40% (39.6%) of the electorate that is both pro-EU and pro-Russia.

The segments that express single-sided views, namely pro-EU (27.0%) and pro-Russia (30.8%), are more or less balanced and comparatively smaller than the core segment of the undecided electorate. However, Moldovan sentiment is slowly shifting towards the EU, Romania and NATO, the study also shows.

„We do a little more than encourage them. We actually help them with expertise, with very concrete things – electricity, fuel, wood, gas. But we are very aware that for the simple people of the Republic of Moldova, things are complicated, and that is why we are talking with all allies, partners and friends to find ways to help the Republic of Moldova together”, Klaus Iohannis said.

However, Romania’s „aid” with electricity means that Energocom is allowed to purchase electricity from the centralized market in Romania – where at this moment only spot electricity (highly expensive) is available. Now, 75% of the electricity delivered to Moldovan customers is purchased by Energocom through Romania’s spot market.

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