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Official visit of the President of the National Council of the Federal Assembly of the Swiss Confederation, H.E. Christa Markwalder to the Republic of Moldova

Between September 7-9, 2016, President of the National Council of the Federal Assembly of the Swiss Confederation, H.E. Christa Markwalder, paid an official visit to the Republic of Moldova, upon the invitation of the President of the Parliament Mr. Andrian Candu.

During her visit to Chisinau, Speaker Christa Markwalder participated in official festivities organized by the Moldovan Parliament on the occasion of marking the 25th anniversary of Moldova's Independence and had a series of formal meetings with the President of the Parliament Andrian Candu, Prime – minister Pavel Filip, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Policy and European Integration of the Parliament Valentina Buliga, President of the Swiss parliamentary friendship group Galina Balmoş and the Director of the Swiss Cooperation Office, Simone Giger.

The main message of the visit of Mrs. Christa Markwalder was that Switzerland welcomes the reforms undertaken by the Moldovan Government and will continue implementing projects. President Markwalder noted that the reform agenda undertaken by the Government of the Republic of Moldova is ambitious, but realistic, and reiterated Switzerland's willingness to support this process, expressing strong belief that our country has great potential to be jointly capitalized.

The high dignitary said that the Swiss Parliament, which approves budgets of external assistance for development, had decided to continue cooperation with Moldova and gave full mandate to Swiss authorities to prepare a new strategy of cooperation with Moldova for the period 2018-2021. The Swiss Speaker said that consultations shall be undertaken, with a view to set strategic priorities and members of Moldovan Parliament shall be invited to give proposals therein.

The visit of Her Excellency Christa Markwalder was the first ever visit of a President of the Swiss Parliament since the establishment of the Moldovan-Swiss diplomatic relations in 1992.

Additional information on the afore-mentioned visit can be found at:

http://parlament.md/Actualitate/Comunicatedepresa/tabid/90/ContentId/2620/Page/0/language/en-US/Default.aspx

http://www.gov.md/ro/content/premierul-pavel-filip-parteneriatul-cu-elvetia-este-unul-foarte-important-pentru-republica