Moldovan President says EU decision on candidacy status is a historic day

French President Emmanuel Macron visits Moldova

(Reuters) - Moldovan President Maia Sandu on Thursday said the European Union's move to grant her nation candidacy status was a historic day, adding: "We have a difficult road ahead, which will require a lot of work and effort".

In a Facebook post, she said EU membership would being more welfare, more opportunities and more order in the small country, which lies sandwiched between Ukraine and Romania.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Jonathan Oatis)