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May 15, 2021

Basescu: EU integration should be R.Moldova’s main goal

President Traian Basescu expressed yesterday his support for the integration of the Republic of Moldova within the European Union. While receiving at Cotroceni Palace a delegation of Moldovan youths that took part in the street riots that took place in April in Chisinau, the President stated that the Republic of Moldova’s EU integration should be a goal assumed by all parties, including by the Communist Party whose importance is not ‘negligible.’ ‘My main message is to encourage you to go forward with making the Republic of Moldova an EU member state when it will be ready for that from the point of view of state efficiency and of the political standards that such a goal entails,’ Traian Basescu stated, quoted by Mediafax. He also told the young Moldovans not to expect their government to be able to quickly change its approaches, pointing out that actions that are typical of the old regime – disinformation, lies – can still be seen in Romania.

At the same time, President announced that early next year he will set up an agency that will handle the process of offering the Romanian citizenship. The Head of State expressed his content with the way in which the new Romanian citizenship law is applied, stating that the process has been ‘speeded up.’

President Traian Basescu has signed the decree on promulgating the law that approves the Government’s emergency ordinance that modifies the Romanian citizenship law in the sense of simplifying the procedures needed in order to regain and offer the citizenship. The President announced as early as Tuesday that he will promulgate the citizenship law promoted by the Government through an emergency ordinance, pointing out that the number of citizenships offered in 2009 on the basis of that emergency ordinance ‘surpassed the number offered since 1990.’ Titus Corlatean, the president of the Senate’s Foreign Policy Commission, nevertheless accused the Head of State of waging, out of electoral reasons, a campaign of ‘brazen populism’ and ‘demagoguery’ in the Republic of Moldova, and of taking credit for the adoption of the Citizenship Law.

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