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October 5, 2022

PM Ciolos: I explained to President Juncker how Romania wants to help Moldova

Romania’s Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos on Monday discussed with European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker the manner in which Romania plans to help the Republic of Moldova implement committed reforms.

“I have discussed the Republic of Moldova, I explained to Mr President what Romania plans to do to help the citizens of the Republic of Moldova, the current government to implement its accepted reform commitments. (…) I was assured that the European Commission will also get involved in this support as long as the Government of the Republic of Moldova proves it really wants to enforce these reforms,” Ciolos said in a joint press statement with Jean Claude Juncker.

The topic of the aid for the Republic of Moldova was resumed also at the meeting Dacian Ciolos had with Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn.

According to official sources, Ciolos and Hahn agreed that any financial aid going to Moldova must be aimed at projects with direct impact on Moldovan citizens.

The discussions were held as, according to sources, Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti will be paying a visit to Bucharest on Wednesday.

“I came to Brussels to advertise Gov’t priorities, ensure they get support”

Romania’s Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos said Monday that his ongoing visit to Brussels is aimed at making the priorities of his Cabinet known to the high-ranking officials he meets and making sure the priorities are considered and supported.

“I mean here particularly the reforms we envisage, such as administrative reform, which is needed to consolidate the progress with the fight against corruption,” Ciolos said in a Facebook post at the end of the first day of his visit to Brussels.

He also says that in his conversations with Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker he presented Romania’s way of thinking about the manner in which Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, under which Romania’s progress with judiciary reform and the fight against corruption has been assessed, will be lifted.

“I have received signals that positive decisions can be made to the point in the near future. I underscored again the fact that Romania has fulfilled the requirements for acceding to the Schengen Area, and I was assured of the European Commission’s support,” says Ciolos.

Ciolos adds that he also discussed Moldova and agreed with Commissioner Hahn that the European commitment to the Republic of Moldova has to stay active and the support granted should come in response to the country’s reform, and above all it should reach the citizens.

“With Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva I discussed intentions about a midway revision of the EU Budget as well as the situation of Romanian nationals working with European institutions. I met some of these Romanians at the end of the day and I had an interesting exchange of opinions on all these matters,” Ciolos says.

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