LIVE//TEXT//The "European Moldova" Assembly began in Chisinau. Maia Sandu stated, "Moldova will join the EU, and this must happen by 2030."

Cornelia Cozonac

In Chisinau, on Sunday at 11:00 a.m., the "European Moldova" National Assembly commenced with hundreds of thousands of citizens from various regions of the Republic of Moldova gathering in the Great National Assembly Square.

The Assembly was inaugurated by the President of the Republic of Moldova, who addressed the crowd in multiple languages, including Ukrainian. Maia Sandu declared, "Moldova will join the EU, and this must happen by 2030." She further stated, "Today, we have gathered to affirm that Moldova is European, that Moldova holds its head high and moves towards the EU. Moldova belongs to all of us, and I urge you to believe in our European future. It is our generation's commitment to work tirelessly for the sake of future generations living in Europe," as proclaimed by the head of state. "We want the diaspora to come home because Europe is our home! We no longer want our country to remain on the fringes of Europe. We share a common mission to enhance the wealth and prosperity of our nation."

Maia Sandu addressed the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, reaffirming support for the Ukrainian people, stating, "Even though Moldova may not be able to contribute significantly to the defense of our neighboring country."

The participants at the gathering applauded the president's speech, chanting phrases such as "We want to be in Europe!", "European Moldova!", and "Slava Ukraini!" (Glory to Ukraine!)

The President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, also participated in the "European Moldova" National Assembly. The distinguished guest initiated her speech in Romanian, saying, "The European Union is the future of the Republic of Moldova. Europe is Moldova, and Moldova is Europe," expressed Roberta Metsola.

The "European Moldova" assembly can be watched live here.

Images of citizens mobilizing towards Chisinau have been shared on social networks.

By 11:00 a.m., the Grand National Assembly Square, the venue of the "European Moldova" Assembly, was filled to capacity.

Composer Eugen Doga delivered a speech in which he emphasized that Moldova is part of Europe, and together they will sing in harmony with the family of European countries.

Tatiana Țâbuleac, a writer residing in France for several years, remarked that her generation became acquainted with Europe through foreign language textbooks, while their parents' generation experienced a harsher Europe. Tatiana Țâbuleac stated, "It would seem that after February 24, when Ukraine was bathed in blood, the choice for Moldovans should be obvious. However, Moldovans still hesitate and succumb to misinformation. It infuriates me that Moldova continues to appear in headlines  of international media on the side of a criminal regime. Europe is not merely a border; it is a way of life to be embraced. The question is not if, but when. And that when is today," asserted the writer Tatiana Țâbuleac.

"Europe signifies a better life, higher standards. The hand is extended to us, so why not choose a brighter future, my fellow compatriots?" declared the singer Cristi Aldea Teodorovici, who commenced his performance with the song "Bucurați vă, prieteni" (Rejoice, my friends).

The program of the European Moldova Assembly can be found here.

After Cristi Aldea Teodorovici, the renowned singer Cătălin Josan, widely known in many countries, took the stage. "Freedom is a daily struggle. We will not allow anyone to steal our future. We are a European nation. We have always been and will continue to be part of Europe," stated Cătălin Josan. He commenced his solo concert with the iconic song "Wind of Change" by the renowned band Scorpions. Additionally, he performed a well-known song from the National Movement for the Independence of the Republic of Moldova in the 1990s, titled "Stand up, compatriots, under the flag of Stefan." This song was sung during that time by his father, Nicolae Josan.

Several dignitaries and their families were present in the crowd at the Great National Assembly Square, including the President of the Parliament, Igor Grosu, and the Prime Minister, Dorin Recean. Additionally, there were guests from outside the country, such as the European Deputy Siegfried Mureșan.

Cornelia Cozonac

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