FM Corlatean in Chisinau: European integration will generate economic growth

Foreign Affairs minister Titus Corlatean said yesterday in Chisinau that one must counter the manipulations of some Moldovan politicians about the effects of closer relations between R. of Moldova and the EU, adding that the process will have a positive impact on everyday life, generating economic growth.
Corlatean was on official visit to Chisinau in order to coordinate, jointly with the Moldovan deputy PM, minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Natalia Gherman, the proceedings of the second session of the Inter-governmental Commission for European Integration. The Commission takes places “in a very important moment for the European way of R. of Moldova, before the signing of the Accord of Political Associations and Free Economic Trade with the EU, just weeks before another historic moment, the liberalisation of the visa regime for Moldovan citizens,” Corlatean said in a joint press conference with Natalia Gherman.
The two ministers of Foreign Affairs signed two protocols of institutional cooperation in justice and food safety, as well as the Accord between the Government of Romania and the Government of R. Moldova on the collaboration in re-broadcasting the programme services of public radio channels. Corlatean also announced that the two countries will sign an action programme in agriculture, this week in Bucharest, in the margin of an international meeting.
Corlatean mentioned that one must counter “the manipulations in the internal political life” of Chisinau, which minimise the benefits of the closer relations with the EU, giving as example an impact study recently conducted by the EC on the liberalisation of economic exchanges between the EU and R. of Moldova, according to which the GDP will increase by 5.4 pc in average, exports will advance by up to 16 pc and the purchasing power will go up as well, “as effect of salary increases and the reduction of the consumer prices index.”
In her turn, the Moldovan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Natalia Gherman said that the support provided by Romania “in many sectors will allow us to step up the pace of reforms, so R. of Moldova, in a predictable period, will become a country eligible for the European perspective.”
Corlatean also met yesterday the president of R. Moldova, Nicolae Timofti and the speaker of the Parliament of R. Moldova, Igor Corman, as well as PM Iurie Leanca.
Corlatean met Canadian counterpart, went together to Chisinau
Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean had consultations on Sunday with the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird, who is in Bucharest at the invitation of the Romanian side. The two ministers underscored the wish to expand and diversify the economic relations, also by identifying and launching specific cooperation projects in the field and by capitalizing on the entire potential offered by the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada.
As far as the visa issue is concerned, the Romanian minister informed his Canadian counterpart of the fact that Romania would complete the internal procedures for sending a liaison officer to the Embassy of Romania in Ottawa to ensure enhanced cooperation with the Canadian side in the matters of shared interest pertaining to this dossier. The Canadian official reiterated the openness to having this problem of the bilateral agenda solved, expressing confidence that progress in this respect would be achieved in the coming period.
Minister Titus Corlatean saluted the Canadian Foreign Minister’s visit to Chisinau as representing recognition of the progress made by the Republic of Moldova and conveying a clear transatlantic message of solidarity. On the other hand, the heads of the two diplomacies stressed the necessity of further good coordination, of a unitary, coherent and firm position of the EU member states and the transatlantic partners on Ukraine topic, which should make it possible to engage the Russian Federation in a political dialogue process.

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