The construction of the Iasi-Ungheni gas pipeline on Romania’s territory was completed, the National Agency of Mineral Resources (ANRM), the project leader, announced in a press release. According to ANRM, in the coming period, there will take place several checkups and tests on the functioning in maximum safety conditions. ‘These types of works include activities such as: the pipes’ cleaning, pressure tests, the interconnection with the transport system, etc,’ the release also points out. The works on the Iasi-Ungheni pipeline were inaugurated at the end of August 2013 by Romania’s Prime Minister Victor Ponta, together with Republic of Moldova Prime Minister Iurie Leanca. The project is part of ‘Romania – Ukraine – the Republic of Moldova 2007-2013’ Joint Operational Programme and is conducted by the National Agency for Mineral Resources of Romania, as project leader, in partnership with the Economy Ministry of the Republic of Moldova. The total budget of the project stands at 26.4 million euros, out of which 7 million euros, namely 26.42 per cent, represent the financial contribution of the European Union, through the ‘Romania – Ukraine – the Republic of Moldova 2007-2013’ Joint Operational Programme, funded through the European Instrument of Vicinity and Partnership.