The Iasi-Ungheni pipeline was inaugurated on Wednesday by the Prime Minister of Romania and the Republic of Moldova, Victor Ponta and Iurie Leanca respectively.
PM Ponta said on this occasion that the natural gas from Romania will not only be cheaper, but following this project the R. of Moldova will risk no more to remain without energy.
“Today’s inauguration gives a strong message for everyone: Moldova and Romania, in order to be really independent, need energy, as they need other resources. Together we could be independent and together we could be respected, this is the message we are sending to Europe and to everyone. I trust that the gas would be not only cheaper, but will bring certainty so that Moldova will never find itself in a position to lack energy,” Ponta said. In his turn the Moldovan PM Iurie Leanca said: “Such projects are not oriented against someone, they are serving the interest of the Republic of Moldova. This means we will become assured no one could cause us troubles, to threaten us, but we will have normal, civilized relations.” The European Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger also attended the ceremony.
PM Ponta: it is first time Republic of Moldova marks independence as state associated to EU
Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Wednesday sent a message on the occasion of marking the Independence Day of the Republic of Moldova, underscoring that it is for the first time when the neighbouring country marks this event as a state associated to the EU.’Now, the future of the Republic of Moldova is closely linked to Europe, and the country can enjoy the European identity to which our common history, culture and values entitle it,’ the prime minister wrote on his Facebook page.
Ponta added that he has always insisted that Romania and the Republic Moldova have concrete projects to work together on.
‘I have always insisted on having concrete projects to work together on with our brothers over the Prut River. One of the most important projects, in the current international context, is the objective of energy independence, and the construction of the pipeline is a historic step in this sense. We are on the right track. Happy Anniversary to the Republic of Moldova!’ said the prime minister, who was paying a visit to the neighbouring country on Wednesday
Support for culture on either side of Prut is crucial
Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta and the accompanying official delegation paying a visit to the neighbouring Republic of Moldova on the occasion of Moldova’s Independence Day celebrated on Aug. 27 laid bunches of flowers at the monument of medieval ruler Stephen the Great and Holy in the Moldovan capital on Wednesday.
Also laying wreaths were Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti, the Moldovan Parliament Speaker Igor Corman and Prime Minister Iurie Leanca.
Ponta visited the Chisinau-based National Art Museum of Moldova, on which occasion he announced that the Government of Romania, via the foreign ministry donates one million euros to continue the restoration of the building.
‘It is a special day for Moldova, the Independence Day, but beyond this we must do things for culture, education, art. The restoration works will need a little bit of support and this comes from Romania, with all its heart. /…/ The support for culture on either side of the Prut river is crucial to the preservation of the national identity. Any Romanian or Moldovan leu that we spend for culture is a well-invested leu’, Ponta said at the Museum.
The Romanian delegation then visited Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu Municipal Library, where the Romanian prime minister took part in a book donation consisting of 25,000 volumes aimed at the Chisinau library as well as at several libraries and schools in the Republic of Moldova.
Afterwards, the Romanian head of government and his Moldovan counterpart, also accompanied by the other members of the official delegations visited a traditional crafts fair, where Ponta talked to several craftsmen who were making traditional embroidered sheepskin coats, pottery and wood objects.