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    Visit of the Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova in Great Britain

    Visit of the Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova in Great Britain

    Mr. Andrian Candu, Chairman of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, paid a working visit to the UK, in the period 6-8 February 2017. The visit included meetings with Rt. Hon. John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, with members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Moldova, with Rt. Hon. Alan Duncan, Minister of State of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as well as with Mr Philip Bennett, First Vice-president of the EBRD.

    The parties discussed a wide range of topics regarding foreign policy priorities of the Republic of Moldova, in particular, the speeding up of implementation of the DCFTA and development of trade with the European Union, settlement of the transnistrian conflict and the Moldovan state authorities` actions aimed at strengthening banking sector of the national economy. Also, the parties identified new opportunities for cooperation and prospects for the development of political, economic and investment relations. Development of the inter-parliamentary dialogue, not only on the level of MPs, but also between civil servants, has been put forward as one of the practical proposals as well.

    The Chairman of the Moldovan Parliament has visited University of Kent, where he met with the administrative staff, professors and students of the University, Invinctus Games Foundation, where he met with the President of the Foundation, Sir Keith Mills. Also, Mr. Candu had a meeting with Lord Mayor of London, Andrew Parmley, and a working lunch at the Buckingham Palace.

    Mr. Candu participated in the roundtable discussions at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), dedicated to frozen conflicts, as well as in the Q&A session with experts in security issues, representatives of the British governmental institutions and diplomats accredited in London.