Mayors of Iasi (Romania), Chisinau (Moldova) and Cernauti (Ukraine) on Saturday signed in Iasi, in the presence of Prime Minister Victor Ponta, a cooperation agreement on education, culture and public administration.The agreement was signed in the Gothic Hall of the Three Hierarchs monastery, attending the event being also His Eminence Teofan, Metropolitan of Moldova and Bucovina.
“We feel joy to unify today with the two cities, Chisinau and Cernauti, so that we can develop concrete projects together, since we live the same and we share the same objectives. In 2008, on January 24, I signed with the Chisinau City Mayor, Mr. Chirtoaca, the twinning agreement between our two cities. Later we became twin cities with Cernauti too, on October 14, on St. Parascheva’s Day. Today, on January 24 again, when we celebrate the Union of 1859 as a legal feast for the first time, we are signing, all the three cities, a protocol on education, culture and public administration. We are talking about concrete projects, with the two cities following to support Iasi in its endeavour to become an European Cultural capital, a capital wherefrom the European spirit will spread over the entire region,” said the Iasi Mayor, Gheorghe Nechita (photo) .
He wanted to thank Chisinau and Cernauti Mayors, Dorin Chirtoaca and Oleksi Kaspruk respectively, for the fact that they preferred to leave politics aside and think only of the common administrative problems of those on the right and left sides of the Prut River.
On this occasion, the Cernauti Mayor, Oleksi Kaspruk, said that, 156 years ago, the Romanian people succeeded, based on joint efforts, to build a beautiful country. “It is now our turn to build, through joining our efforts, a new Europe, an European future”.
In his turn, the Chisinau Mayor, Dorin Chirtoaca, said: “Let’s hope that we won’t need another 150 years to make justice for those on the other side of the Prut. Let’s also hope that, though such common projects and initiatives, such as the one today, we will be able to bring the European projects closer to us and that we will succeed in maintaining closer relations and, why not, maybe we will be able to make including this motorway to link Moldova to Europe, with extensions from the start to Bucharest and Cernauti. This would be the best Union in the 21st century.”
Also attending the event, Prime Minister Victor Ponta told the mayors of the three cities that these kinds of agreements are useful and welcome, as long as “we all feel like being brother and friends and we are all heading the same direction,” reports Agerpres.