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May 16, 2022

Senate ratifies small-scale cross-border traffic agreement with R. Moldova

Yesterday, in plenary session, the Senate approved in unanimity the law on the ratification of the Romanian-Moldovan small-scale cross-border traffic agreement signed on November 13, 2009. ‘The PSD group will vote in favour of the ratification. It will be a political signal from Romania both towards R. Moldova and to the EU’ Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Titus Corlatean (PSD) stated.

Mediafax reports PDL Senator Viorel Badea said his party would ask for the re-activation of the Romanian-Moldovan Inter-ministerial Committee and that normality was being at last reinstalled in our relations with R. Moldova.

Senate Deputy Speaker Teodor Melescanu (PNL) said the agreement was designed ‘as a first step of a very long series of measures leading to rapprochement, so that Romanians living in either country could hope to live together in a united Europe’.

The draft law received 90 votes in favour.

Under the Agreement, nationals of either country who have a habitual address in the region of the common border for a minimum of one year may enter and remain in the neighbouring state’s border area for an uninterrupted maximum period of three months.

According to the goals and definitions section of the act, entry will be permitted based on a valid passport and a small-scale cross-border traffic pass with validity between two and five years. The Treaty was signed on November 13, 2009, during the visit of Moldovan PM Vlad Filat’s visit to Bucharest.

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