Moldova's Integration into Europe and the Black Sea Region
Iurie Leancă, Deputy Prime Minister of Moldova, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration
Recent parliamentary elections in Moldova have produced a majority coalition orientated towards increased European integration. However, the coalition lacks sufficient deputies to elect a new President, threatening to create political deadlock and hold back the development of stronger ties with the European Union. The Minister will discuss his country's foreign policy priorities and the prospects for regional integration in the context of a challenging domestic political environment. The Minister will speak for twenty minutes, followed by approximately an hour of questions and discussion.
Iurie Leancă is Deputy Prime Minister of Moldova and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, a position he has held since September 2009. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1986. In 1998 he was appointed Ambassador-at-large for European Integration issues. In 1999 he became First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. 2005-2007 he worked as a Senior Advisor to the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities.
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