Romania and Moldova to start new economic cooperation projects

The first meeting of the joint Intergovernmental Commission for European Integration took place in Bucharest yesterday.

Premier Victor Ponta announced his intention to pay a visit to Chisinau within the next ten days to sign several economic cooperation projects between Romania and the Republic of Moldova. The visit was announced Tuesday during the talks the Romanian PM had with Moldovan counterpart Vlad Filat at the inauguration of the videoconference system between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of   Romania and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova. “The economic cooperation documents will be passed by Government Wednesday and within ten days I will be in Chisinau. Nice words have always been spoken, yet, I would like to go beyond that. I hope you haven’t taken your holiday yet and, within the next ten days, we will see each other in Chisinau,”  Ponta told the Moldovan PM.Premier Ponta made the point the energy interconnection between the two countries will be one of the major economic projects to be discussed. Ponta assured Premier Filat he would benefit from Romania’s support on the lifting of visas demanded of Moldovan citizens willing to travel to EU member states, Mediafax reports.The videoconference system was launched during first meeting of the Romania –Moldova Intergovernmental Commission for European Integration. The meeting was attended by Romanian FM Andrei Marga, along with Leonard Orban, minister of European Affairs, and Iurie Leanca, deputy prime minister, minister of foreign affairs and European Integration of the  Republic of Moldova. The meeting was also an occasion for several aspects being approached over Romania’s experience during the pre-accession period, current European foreign affairs topics, as well as an opinion exchange on the stage of relations between the Republic of Moldova and the European Union and the setting up of some joint projects in the coming period aimed at supporting the steps taken by the Republic of Moldova part of its European roadmap.  Minister Andrei Marga reiterated Romania’s support for the European perspective of the  Republic of Moldova. „I assured our guest of Romania’s firm and steady support to the European roadmap of the Republic of  Moldova, and the successful carrying on of the reform and modernization process in Romania’s neighbor country. This commission deepens the bilateral dialogue on European issues. We wish that the bilateral relations become part of the pre-accession  logic,” said Andrei Marga, according to a ministerial press release. In his turn, Deputy PM Iurie Leanca confirmed the open and constructive features of the discussions:  „The mechanisms  we have discussed and put into action today will allow our European roadmap and reforms in the Republic of Moldova to be sped up a great deal, so that the citizen feels the benefits of this rather difficult move – since the reforms we are going to take are not very popular, yet their impact will be beneficial in the medium and long run,” the head of the Moldovan diplomacy said.

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