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Moldova Citizenship by Investment The facts

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Thursday, February 28, 2019
February 28, 2019
By Muhannad Samara, For ACIC Inc.

Promotional material of a new product that offers citizenship against a Euro 100,000 donation to the government of Moldova has circulated the Immigration / citizenship market for some time now. The lure of this alleged citizenship in a European Union country and the merits it allegedly bestows warranted this quick dig into this programme.

 

History:

The World Fact book of the Central Intelligence Agency, the CIA, describes Moldova as: “present day Moldovan territory became a province of the Russian Empire in 1812 and then unified with Romania in 1918 in the aftermath of World War I. This territory was then incorporated into the Soviet Union at the close of World War II. Although Moldova has been independent from the Soviet Union since 1991, Russian forces have remained on Moldovan territory east of the Nistru River supporting the breakaway region of Transnistria, whose population is roughly equally composed of ethnic Ukrainians, Russians, and Moldovans. Although Moldova has been independent from the Soviet Union since 1991, Russian forces have remained on Moldovan territory east of the Nistru River supporting the breakaway region of Transnistria, whose population is roughly equally composed of ethnic Ukrainians, Russians, and Moldovans.”

More from the World Fact Book: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/md.html

 

The website of the government of Moldova describes the republic as:

 

“Moldova is an integral part of Europe and has a rich history. This country is situated in the contact zone between different cultural and historic trends – Carpathian-Balkan, Central-European and Eurasian, and during its multi-millennial history harmoniously absorbed diverse cultural traditions of Proto-Indo-Europeans and archaic Indo-European peoples, including the Thracians, Slavs, Celts, Goths, Huns, etc., thus obtaining specific and unparalleled features.”

More from the Moldova website can be viewed here: http://www.moldova.md/en/content/history

 

Country Facts

 

Capital:                 Chișinău
Official Lang:        Romanian and Ukrainian
Ethnic groups:      Moldovan, Ukrainian, Russian, Gagauz, Romanian, Bulgarian, Romani, Poles
Government:        Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Republic

Formation

 

Moldovian Democratic Republic                      Dec 15, 1917
Independence from Soviet Union:                   August 27, 1991
Admitted to the UN:                                         March 2, 1992
Constitution Adopted:                                      July 29, 1994

Population:                                                       3,350,900 (2017)
GDP(nominal):                                                 11.436 Billion (2018)
GDP/capita:                                                      USD$3,226
Currency:                                                          Leu(MDL)
 

November 28, 1994, a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement was entered into by and between Moldova and the European Union. The agreement took effect on July 1, 1998. Moldova has been actively seeking membership in the EU for quite some time. The republic has significant ties to Romania (who is a full member in the EU), and in many instances utilizes that standing to gain leverage in the attempts to join the EU.

 

Obstacles in Joining the EU

 

  1. Moldova has an extremely volatile and fragile economy, among European countries, it has one of the weakest economies. The economic turmoil of Moldova is one more obstacle in the path of joining the Union.

  2. The Transnistrian quarrel concerning a desired breakaway republic, backed by Russia, stands as a major hindrance to the membership as well.

Moldova is betting heavily on Romanian support, when Romania takes presidency of the European union in 2019 to support the membership.

 

The European Commission and Moldova ... The Facts

 

The European Union, as of today, does not recognize Moldova as one of:

  • The 28-member countries of the EU

  • The 26-member states of the Schengen area

  • The 5 Candidate countries for EU membership (Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey)

  • The 2 potential candidates for EU membership (Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo)

Moldova is listed on this website under:
Other European Countries. More can be read here: https://europa.eu/european-union/about-eu/countries_en

 

Conclusion

As of the date of this article, no information is available, to prove that Moldova is, or will be soon, a member of the European Union. Claims that citizens of Moldova are considered European Union citizens have no foundation of fact. Only if the membership of Moldova is considered and approved by the EU, will a citizen of this country be considered a European Union citizen. Moldova, being a European country, in definition, is significantly remote from it being a European Union member state.

Moldova Citizenship by Eur100,000 donation move, will surely cause an addition of a third point to our “Obstacles in Joining the EU” section above.

 

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