R. of Moldova and Georgia initialled Association Agreement with EU

The authorities from Bucharest received positively the accord, considering it an important step, especially for Moldova. On this occasion, President Traian Basescu underlined the core of the European Eastern Partnership started from the Black Sea Synergy, which was an initiative that belonged to Romania.
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The Republic of Moldova and Georgia in the Eastern Partnership Summit of Vilnius, on last Friday, have initialled the Association Agreement and, implicitly, the Free Trade Agreement with the European Union.
According to Agepres, in the initialling ceremony, Georgia was represented by President Gheorghi Margvelashvili, the Republic of Moldova, by Premier Iurie Leanca, and High Representative for Foreign Policy Catherine Ashton initialled the document on behalf of the European Union. Leanca showed, in a brief speech, that the Republic of Moldova was a European state: ‘We share the same culture, we belong to the same civilisation.’ The core of the Eastern Partnership started from the Black Sea Synergy, which was an initiative that belonged to Romania, President Traian Basescu, who also attended at the Eastern Partnership Summit, wanted to make it clear during a press conference.
‘Everybody speaks now of the EaP, which was initiated by Poland and Sweden in 2009. And, of course, Romania feels a slight frustration, because the genesis of this partnerhsip started in fact from the Black Sea Synergy […] Now we call it the EaP, but the core of it started from the Black Sea Synergy – that was a Romanian initiative, supported by the German presidency of the EU and approved by the German presidency in 2007, when it was said that the EU should extend cooperation to the Black Sea region,’ Traian Basescu said. The current ruling coalition in Chisinau should do everything possible to keep in power after the 2014 parliamentary polls too, so that the European integration process of the Republic of Moldova should be irreversible, President Basescu said. The Romanian leader stressed he had pronounced for ‘efficiency’ during the Summit. Basescu underscored that the Agreement must be translated into the European Union official languages. The Romanian president insisted that neighbouring Moldova cannot go towards the Euro-Asian Union from a cultural viewpoint.
PM Ponta: Neighbouring Moldova should be helped by technical assistance
In his turn, Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta has said, at the headquarters of the Ministry for an Information Society, he is very glad the Republic of Moldova has taken ‘a decisive step towards Europe’ by Chisinau’s initialling the EU Association Agreement. ‘Now, we have the obligation to help, not hamper them, i.e. not to put grist to Mr. (Vladimir) Voronin’s mill or to those who want to keep Moldova as far from Europe as possible’, Ponta said. He stressed neighbouring Moldova should be helped by technical assistance, infrastructure projects and political support.
‘On behalf of the Romanian Senate, I hail the initialling by the Republic of Moldova of the European Union Association Agreement at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius. We are facing a crucial historic moment, which maps out the irreversible direction towards the European Union for the Republic of Moldova. It is an important step for Moldova, which has made substantial progress over the last years in the relation with the European Union (…)’, a Senate press release to quoted Romanian Senate President Crin Antonescu as saying.
The Senate head also underscored Romania backs Moldova’s European track without reserves.
Also, Romania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) welcomes the initialling at the Summit of the Eastern Partnership in Vilnius, of the association agreement, the component of liberalizing exchanges included, between the Republic of Moldova and Georgia on the one side and the EU on the other, saying that it is ‘an essential moment for the two states starting on an irreversible European route.’
The Association Agreement represents a concrete modality of collaboration in the relations between the EU and the Eastern Partnership states, concreted in the support for the basic reforms, economic recovery, good governance and a wide liberalisation of the trade with the EU. The Republic of Moldova and Georgia began the negotiations on the Association Agreement with the European Union in 2010, both states hoping to sign this document in 2014.
Ukraine was freezing its plans to sign an association agreement with the EU, as bbc.co.uk informs. Under pressure from Moscow, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich abandoned plans to sign the agreement, preferring closer ties with Ukraine’s former Soviet master and dealing a blow to EU efforts to build closer relations with its eastern neighbors. The back step Ukraine has taken is regrettable, President Traian Basescu said upon the arrival to Vilnius. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande both blamed Yanukovich for the failure of the talks, but said the door remained open.

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