Moldova: The Light of Europe’s East

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March 3, 2014 - 5:00 pm

1030 15th Street, NW, 12th Floor (West Tower)
Washington, DC

A conversation with
Iurie Leancă
Prime Minister
Republic of Moldova

Moderated by
Damon Wilson
Executive Vice President
Atlantic Council

With ongoing protests in Ukraine having taken an increasingly violent turn, the events of the past few months have thrown the trajectory of Eastern Europe into a downward spiral. Moldova, in contrast, has provided one of the few bright spots of progress in the region since the contentious Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius last year.

In spite of significant obstacles and pressure from international actors, Prime Minister Iurie Leancă has led Moldova’s continued integration into the Euro-Atlantic community. Moldova remains the only Eastern Partnership country to be governed by a political coalition, bringing a critical element of checks and balances to the government. Leancă will provide a personal outlook on the current state of Eastern Europe, and will comment on Moldova’s efforts to undergo a transformation from the “poor man of Europe” to a model for its neighbors.

This event will be webcast and live tweeted. Join the conversation online using the hashtag #ACMoldova



Iurie Leancă has been prime minister of the Republic of Moldova since May 2013.  He is a member of the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova, and has been an active leader in Moldovan foreign policy for decades. Previously, he was deputy prime minister and Foreign and European Integration Minister in the Vlad Filat Cabinet.

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