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Romania, Republic of Moldova Govt’s meet in joint sitting in Neptun on Tuesday

The Governments of Romania and the Republic of Moldova will meet in a joint sitting in the Black Sea resort of Neptun on Tuesday, with the event to be chaired by Prime Ministers Victor Ponta and Valeriu Strelet.

“The sitting of the two governments was decided on the occasion of the visit paid by the Romanian premier to Chisinau on August 27, when the two sides set the priorities for the bilateral agenda in the coming months and signed the fourth Additional Protocol to the Agreement between the Government of Romania and the Government of the Republic of Moldova on the implementation of the technical and financial assistance programme based on non-repayable financial aid amounting to 100 million euros”, the Romanian executive announced in a release to Agerpres on Monday.

It added the members of the Romanian and Moldovan governments will establish the new projects to be funded under this Agreement and special attention will be given to continuing the energy infrastructure projects with a view to inter-connecting the national electric and natural gas systems as well as the projects in the transport sector by designing and building new bridges over the Prut River, which makes up the Romanian-Moldovan border.

Other projects that are to be examined and agreed at the sitting target farming, the sanitary-veterinary control and the environmental protection, support to the development of the health sector by extending the emergency intervention system in the Republic of Moldova, investments for dialysis centres in the main hospitals and for upgrading the surgery bloc in Comrat, the release said.

Another special part of the programme of financial assistance rendered by Romania is education.

The two sides plan to continue the projects aimed at building kindergartens, in the rural area particularly, as well as to extend the scholarships for Moldovan students in Romania, mainly for specialities not covered in Moldova.

Also set will be the priorities relating the support for training Moldovan public administration specialists in Romania.

The economy ministers will propose initiating common actions for the commercial promotion outside the country and granting support for setting up industrial parks in several Moldovan districts, the release added.

“As having resulted from the previous meeting of the two prime ministers, the Romanian Government is watching with preoccupation the difficult financial situation the Republic of Moldova is in at present and encourages Chisinau’s initiatives aimed at cleaning and stabilising the banking sector as well as at forging a deal with the IMF”, the source said.

The agenda of the plenary talks, the separate meetings of Prime Ministers Ponta and Strelet and the talks of the concerned ministers might tackle the recent developments on Moldova’s European route as well as topical regional matters concerning the two neighbours, the release added.

“The representatives of the Romanian Government will voice strong support for Moldova’s continued path to the European Union and will also urge [the Moldovan authorities] to consolidate the political, economic and social stability based on the European norms and demands regarding the functioning of the rule of law and the democratic mechanisms”, the release stressed.

PSD’s Dragnea: PM Ponta asked mandate for Romania to grant Moldova 150-million-euro loan

Interim chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea announced after a meeting of the ruling coalition on Monday that Prime Minister Victor Ponta asked for a mandate for Romania to be able to grant a 150-million-euro loan to the Republic of Moldova, ahead of a joint meeting on Tuesday of the two countries’ national governments.

“The PM asked us for a mandate and we agreed: Romania will grant a loan of 150 million euros to the Republic of Moldova. The terms of the agreement will be discussed tomorrow and then a draft law will go to Parliament. For this reason he needed a mandate and support and we hope that the colleagues in the PNL [National Liberal Party] support such a draft law in Parliament for the endorsement of the Republic of Moldova,” Dragnea said at Parliament Palace.

He explained that the money is devoted to the state operation and to other budget payments.

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