Mr. Andrian Candu, Chairman of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, paid a working visit to Ireland, in the period 9-10 February 2017.
The agenda included meetings with Irish parliamentarians: Mr Seán Ó Fearghaíl and Mr Pat the Cope Gallagher, President, and Vice President of the Lower House of the Irish Parliament, respectively, Mr. Brendan Smith, Chairman of the Joint Commission on foreign policy and trade, Mr. Paul Coghlan, Vice-President of the Senate, and Mr. Jerry Buttimer, Leader of the Senate.
The discussions focused on political, economic and social situation in both countries, the banking crisis, the EU-Moldova relations and implementation of the DCFTA, transnistrian conflict, as well as on cultural relations with the Moldovan diaspora living in Ireland. Some untapped opportunities in the relations with Irish state institutions have been identified, which could benefit political, economic and trade relations of both countries. Irish officials have been informed on the attractive sectors of the Moldovan economy to the Irish investors (air transport, food and textiles industry and other).
Irish counterparts announced their intention of creating a parliamentary group on cooperation with Moldova. In this regard, Irish MPs from the constituencies with significant Moldovan migrant communities could be included in the respective group.
Mr Candu had a meeting with some representatives of the Irish business and discussed the possibility of organizing their study visit to Chisinau, in the near future.
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