President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday welcomed at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace Moldovan Deputy Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Natalia Gherman, with the Moldovan Minister reasserting on the occasion the determination of the Chisinau Government to carry on along the country’s pro-European track.
According to a Presidential Administration release, President Iohannis assured the Government of the Republic of Moldova of Romania’s cooperation and solidarity, hailing also the start, this Wednesday, of Romanian gas deliveries to Moldova via the Iasi-Ungheni pipeline, as a concrete and substantial sign of the support provided to the Republic of Moldova.
Natalia Gherman thanked President Klaus Iohannis for Romania’s strong support for the pro-European course of the Republic of Moldova.
“Our track to Brussels runs through Bucharest,” said the visiting Minister, adding that Romania is currently Moldova’s main trading partner, reads the cited release.
Republic of Moldova Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs and European Integration Minister Natalia Gherman paid a two day visit to Bucharest on Tuesday and Wednesday, at the invitation of the Romanian counterpart Bogdan Aurescu.
This is the first bilateral visit paid by the head of diplomacy of Chisinau after the creation of the new Government and the recent investiture in office.
According to a release of Romania’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, the two ministers had bilateral consultations and co-chaired the works of the third meeting of the Romania – the Republic of Moldova inter-governmental committee for European integration, a body meant to support the reform efforts of Chisinau in essential areas for the European integration: legislative harmonisation, rule of law, justice, internal affairs, agriculture and food safety.
Aurescu hails start of gas export from Romania to the Republic of Moldova
The Foreign Affairs minister, Bogdan Aurescu hailed on Wednesday the beginning of gas delivery to the Republic of Moldova, saying it is a symbolic momentum, for the first time gas running from West to East.
“I salute the good news. Finally, Romania is exporting gas to the Republic of Moldova, as of today, although it could have done it earlier. We are glad the technical shortages were overcome, even if the amounts are yet small, it is important that this project is starting to function effectively. Once the second phase is finalised, we are working on it, things will be much more substantial. We are talking of a solid commitment of the Romanian Government, of Prime minister Victor Ponta to deliver gas to the Republic of Moldova from alternative sources and this is a symbolic momentum – it is for the first time that gas runs reversely, from West to East,” Aurescu told a joint press conference with his Moldovan counterpart, Natalia Gherman.
According to the contract signed in December 2014, the Republic of Moldova will receive in 2015 over one million cubic metres of gas for 1,010 lei/1,000 cubic metres, Agerpres reports.
Gherman: All political parties will vote for a European Republic of Moldova
The Moldovan minister of Foreign Affairs, deputy premier Natalia Gherman said she is absolutely certain that the projects for the Republic of Moldova’s getting European and modern will be voted by all the political parties as soon as they will be tabled in the Chisinau Parliament.
She reminded in Bucharest in a joint press conference with Romania’s chief diplomat, Bogdan Aurescu that the Communists’ Party has voted for a governing programme which stipulates “very clear” the objective of launching the integration negotiations of the Republic of Moldova into the European Union.
“As soon as this support is obtained, we count of course on achieving these targets and other goals no less ambitious reflected in the programme and we are absolutely certain that, once we get to the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova with draft laws aiming to modernise the country, to put it on a European track and ensure a better living standard for the country’s citizens, not only the Communists’ Party, but all the other parties represented in the Parliament will vote to supporting these projects,” Natalia Gherman said.
The Republic of Moldova counts on an approach based on differentiation between the member states of the Eastern Partnership in the dialogue between its main actors, Moldovan Foreign Minister Natalia Gherman declared in Bucharest.
In a joint press conference with the Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu, Gherman said: ‘We are closely monitoring the process that has been launched (…) between the member states of the European Union and the European institutions as regards the reviewing of the European neighbourhood policy. We are really counting on the approach based on differentiation between the member states of the Eastern Partnership eventually prevailing in the talks between the main partners. Each member state of the Eastern Partnership would be evaluated based on its own progress and merits in the implementation of pro-European reforms. Also, we really hope that the assistance and commitment of the European Union will be proportional to this reform effort; not least, the financial aid offered by the European Union to its eastern neighbours.’
She mentioned that the Republic of Moldova is looking forward to the result of the evaluation of the neighbourhood policy concerning the attitude of the EU towards Russia.
‘In the current conditions, a very clear, well-articulated attitude of the European Union is necessary as regards Russia and the other eastern neighbours. This is why I mainly talked about an approach based on differentiation case by case,’ the Moldovan top diplomat explained.
According to Gherman, it is very important for her country to have a perspective of its adhesion to the European Union.
‘As we are the most advanced country in terms of implementation of the objectives of the Eastern Partnership, I assume we have every right to count on the support and solidarity of most of the EU member states and of the European institutions in the outlining of the perspectives of the relations between Moldova and the European community, so that we are really visionary about the projection of the relations between the Republic of Moldova and the European Union,’ the minister asserted.
Commenting the approach based on differentiation mentioned by Gherman, Aurescu said it was ‘absolutely natural.’
‘There is no doubt about the fact that the Republic of Moldova is still the most performing state within the Eastern Partnership. (…) We are working on a new approach to the neighbourhood policy, and within it, on a modernization of the Eastern Partnership, so that we keep what was good and efficient so far, so that the principles of differentiation (…) and the other principles already used in the relations – including the financial ones – with the states of the Eastern Partnership are preserved, while finding new efficiency criteria for the neighbourhood policy and for the Eastern Partnership,’ the Romanian minister said on the same occasion.