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Moldova's PM: Corruption may prevent Moldova’s integration with EU

December 09, 2013, 19:27 UTC+3 CHISINAU
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CHISINAU, December 09. /ITAR-TASS/. Moldova’s Prime Minister Iurie Leanca believes that Moldova’s high level of corruption hinders the country’s development and may threaten the European integration process.

“If we fail to take urgent measures, corruption may threaten the processes of both European integration and the country’s modernization,” Leanca told participants in the national conference devoted to the fight against corruption.

He stressed the idea the agreements concluded with the European Union required that corrupt practices in government institutions should be reduced, and this requirement was a major prerequisite for the visa regime liberalization for Moldovan citizens.

“We were able to see for ourselves that this phenomenon has become a real menace to state security,” Leanca said, recalling a whole series of raider attacks on the republic’s banks last year organised with assistance from some Moldovan judges.

To prevent this ill the country’s authorities established a national center for the fight against corruption. However, statistics show that the bribery level continues to grow. The heads of state institutions, including mainly high-ranking officials and middle managers, account for almost a third of all corruption-related crimes.

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