Embassy office in Moldova will get full embassy status

NETHERLANDS, July 15 – Today Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra informed the Dutch cabinet that the embassy office in Chisinau, Moldova will be upgraded to full embassy status. The embassy office currently falls under the jurisdiction of the Ambassador to Romania, who is based in Bucharest.

The decision was made in order to deepen the existing ties of the Netherlands with Moldova. The Netherlands supports Moldova’s EU candidacy and maintains good relations with its pro-European government. Another factor in the Dutch desire for stronger representation in Moldova is the war in neighboring Ukraine.

The change in status means that an ambassador will be appointed and additional staff will be assigned to the new embassy. An ambassador in the field will have better access to the Moldovan government and can ensure that the Netherlands is better informed of developments in Moldova and the fallout from the war in Ukraine. An ambassador will also be able to more effectively promote Dutch interests in Moldova and support the Moldovan government in its reform agenda. The embassy office will be granted full embassy status as soon as an ambassador has been appointed.

The Netherlands looks forward to continuing and strengthening its close cooperation with Moldova in the years to come.