Wednesday, July 12, 2023
Cannon House Office Building, Room 210
Live stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm-R6rfQbCo
In recent years, Moldova has enacted numerous reforms under current Moldovan President Maia Sandu to strengthen its democratic institutions, combat corruption and kleptocracy, and integrate with the European Union. In 2022, the European Union granted Moldova “Candidate” status in its EU bid alongside Ukraine. Moldova’s many accomplishments are made all the more remarkable given the ongoing destabilizing effects of Russia’s illegal war on Ukraine and the Putin regime’s efforts to undermine Moldova’s security, economy, and political processes. Nonetheless, Moldova’s government and people have doggedly pursued a liberal democratic path, and have opened their country to hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens who have transited or found refuge in the country in the wake of Russia’s brutal war.
The hearing will feature a discussion with senior U.S. and Moldovan parliamentary leadership to explore how the United States can continue to support Moldova in its democratic reform agenda, continue its anti-corruption efforts, and achieve durable security for itself and the region.
The following witnesses are scheduled to testify:
- Dan Bischof, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs
- Igor Grosu, President of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova
- Doina Gherman, Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova
- Ambassador (ret.) William Hill, Global Fellow at the Wilson Center
Other witnesses may be added.