The Republic of Moldova Ambassador to Bucharest, Iurie Renita, called on the Development Assistance Unit (UAD) at the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) for direct development assistance to the Republic of Moldova. “The Government of Romania provides assistance through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other international organizations. I would recommend that you give direct assistance instead. I know what UNDP and other international organization-mediated assistance means. Eighty per cent of the allocations go down the drain,” the diplomat cautioned at a roundtable discussion on bilateral ties between Romania and the Republic of Moldova. While Mihaela Rutjens, head of MAE’s Development Assistance Unit, shared the ambassador’s view, she nonetheless mentioned that the current legal framework would not allow for greater deployment of bilateral assistance funds.