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September 17, 2021

FM: R. of Moldova border treaty close to completion

The border regime treaty with the Republic of Moldova is almost complete, after 11 rounds of negotiations between Bucharest and Chisinau, Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi said yesterday after being heard by Senate’s foreign affairs panel. Baconschi did not give a date when the treaty could be signed, according to HotNews. In his turn, the head of the panel, Titus Corlatean, voiced hope that the treaty will be signed soon because “it’s a technical agreement” that can help improve bilateral ties. The document has been discussed by the two countries for 19 years. Moldova and more specifically, the country’s European prospects before and after next month’s legislative elections, was one of the topics approached during Baconschi’s hearing. The FM also talked about Romania’s efforts to be represented in the European External Action Service (EEAS), with Senate committee members voicing discontent that none of the country’s applicants managed to be included in the body in the first recruitment round.

“We learned something from this first attempt, that the focus fell more on applicants’ evaluation, on their familiarity with procedures, jargon and categories that European institutions operate with, less on regional expertise,” the minister explained, quoted by Agerpres. He explained that Romania will have to adjust its application strategy to these requirements and also said he would ask for a government derogation to hire 100 more people at the Foreign Ministry.

For the second EEAS recruitment round, Romania filed some applications, aiming at obtaining some top management posts in the EEAS headquarters, he said. Baconschi also explained that the Romanian side has remained “in insistent and systematic” contact with EU Foreign Policy High Representative Catherine Ashton and asked her to present a report detailing EEAS recruitment and how the process respects geographic balance.

“EEAS will become operational on December 1. Let me remind you that according to the Lisbon Treaty, EEAS will consist of one third diplomats from member states and two thirds workers from the European Commission and the Council’s General Secretariat,” Baconschi added.

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