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President Iohannis meets Chairman of Moldova’s Parliament Andrian Candu, reiterates Romania’s consistent and substantial support to Moldova’s European journey

Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis on Monday welcomed Chairman of Moldova’s Parliament Andrian Candu at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, saying that reform in Moldova will contribute to consolidating confidence in the country’s state officials.

The Presidential Administration reports that the two high-ranking officials discussed the overall bilateral relationships between Romania and Moldova, the latest developments in the implementing of Moldova’s association agreement with the European Union, the latest domestic developments in Moldova, as well as the prospects for settling the Transnistria file.

Iohannis is quoted as having reiterated Romania’s consistent and substantial support to Moldova’s European journey materialised at a political level as well as in multiple bilateral projects supporting reforms in a European spirit.

“Romania’s President underscored on this occasion the importance of sustained continuation by the Moldovan Government of domestic reforms in Moldova that have increased relevance to the citizens. At the same time, he pointed out that such conduct is able to contribute to the consolidation of confidence in Moldova’s state officials, both domestically and externally. To this end, President Klaus Iohannis voiced encouragement for a priority management of justice reform, the fight against corruption, improving the business environment as well as the public administration.”

Iohannis gave assurances over support for Moldova’s economic integration with the European Union, including under energy projects that connect Moldova to the European energy space via Romania.

In his turn, Chairman of Moldova’s Parliament Andrian Candu unveiled an assessment of the latest domestic developments in Moldova, underscoring the determination of the Moldovan Government to continue reform efforts based on the roadmap pledged early this year, as well as synchronisation between the actions of the Government and Parliament, with emphasis on the reform of the banking system, justice reform and improving the local business environment.

Candu thanked Romania for support in the European design, for humanitarian assistance recently extended by Romania and for bilateral projects with special impact implemented in Moldova, mentioning to the point the introduction of the SMURD emergency rescue service.

In the same context, he underscored the emotion at the level of the entire Moldovan society generated by the recent tragic event in which a four-crew SMURD medevac helicopter crashed in Moldova.

Iohannis and Candu also exchanged opinions on the latest developments in the Transnistria file in the context of a recent meeting in Berlin, June 2-3, of the 5+2 talk format related to the file.

 

Moldovan Parliament Speaker Candu: It’s very important that Moldova, Romania have pragmatic relationship

 

Visiting Speaker of the Moldovan Parliament Andrian Candu underscored on Monday that the Republic of Moldova and Romania must have a pragmatic relationship that should yield results.

Andrian Candu met on Monday at the headquarters of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) with party leader Liviu Dragnea.

“With union talks gaining momentum, but with little done at practical level, so that the Moldovan and the Romanian citizens don’t feel it, this remains just a hollow word with no substance,” Candu said in reply to a question about the two states possibly uniting.

“This subject has always sparked debate and, regrettably, it also divides Moldovan society, considering various elements and the 70 years spent as part of the Soviet Union, the issue of Transnistria, Gagauzia, and there are many, many other aspects to discuss, which could trigger instability,” said the Chisinau official.

PSD chairman Liviu Dragnea said that “he’s had enough of the demagoguery and doublespeak” practiced for many years, qualifying as “inadmissible” the Romanian government and President’s attitude towards the Republic of Moldova.

“Either they are our brothers and we want to help, or we get in line with the institutions or countries that advise us to wait. Wait for what, maybe for a rapprochement of theirs to the East,” said the PSD leader, who added that Romanians should provide effective assistance to their brothers across the Prut.

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