H.E. Iurie Leancă
Republic of Moldova
Mr. Frederick Kemp
President and CEO
The Hon. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.
H.E. Björn Lyrvall
Swedish Ambassador to the US
Ms. Annette Heuser
Mr. David J. Kramer
Executive Vice President
Moldova remains one of the bright spots of progress in Eastern Europe even as President Putin’s latest move calls into question the future trajectory of the region and undermines the vision of a Europe whole, free and at peace. In spite of significant intimidation, Prime Minister Iurie Leanca has unequivocally committed Moldova to a European path, initialing an association agreement with the European Union at the same November 2013 Vilnius Eastern Partnership Summit at which former President Yanukovych abandoned Ukraine's European course. Like Georgia and now Ukraine, Moldova is also the victim of separatism fueled and financed by Moscow in the region of Transnistria.
Leanca, who is making his first visit to Washington as prime minister at the invitation of the White House, will offer his views on the current state of Europe’s East, and will discuss Moldova's efforts to undergo a transformation from the "poor man of Europe" to a model for its neighbors.
Atlantic Council President Fred Kempe will open this event and Council Chairman Governor Jon Huntsman will introduce the prime minister. Following the prime minister’s remarks, Atlantic Council Executive Vice President Damon Wilson will moderate a conversation with the prime minister who will be joined by Annette Heuser of the Bertelsmann Foundation, Ambassador Bjorn Lyrvall of Sweden, and David Kramer of Freedom House. The panel will consider the impact of Russia’s actions on the aspirations of Moldova and other Eastern Partners and discuss the way ahead for the European Union and the United States.
Join the conversation online using the hashtag #ACMoldova
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