Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos said Thursday that the Romanian Government is aiming to improve things for Moldova’s citizens, and that is why it is a staunch supporter of the reforms Moldova has set to implement.
“Romania is treating its relationship with Moldova as a special one, but besides this sentimental side, we want a very pragmatic approach of the relationship with Moldova. We are aiming to improve things for Moldova’s citizens and that is why we have been staunch supporters of the reforms Moldova has set to conduct. The measures we have agreed together and that we tied to this first tranche of the loan agreement arise from this need for reforms, which the citizens of Moldova have also demanded,” Ciolos said at the beginning of a plenary meeting of his accompanying ministerial retinue at the State Residence in Chisinau.
Ciolos said the first tranche, of 60 million euros from Romanian repayable assistance for Moldova, was transferred to Moldova’s accounts on Wednesday.
“First important reforming steps have already been taken, which have been acknowledged as thus by the International Monetary Fund, and I am convinced that the European Commission will soon acknowledge it too. So, that shows that when we work pragmatically in partnership, everybody wins,” said Ciolos.
He added that non-repayable assistance for certain projects of Moldova’s, which have already proved viable, will continue.
At the same time, Ciolos said he wanted Romanian investment in Moldova.
“I would like for us to find, in the period immediately ahead, ways that would facilitate the presence of Romanian investment here. (…) There are state-run Romanian companies with a significant investment potential and privately-run Romanian companies ready to come invest in Moldova. This is not just a show of trust that reforms are on the right track, but also a pragmatic way to approach our economic relationship,” said Ciolos, according to Agerpres.
Romania’s Prime Minister Dacia Ciolos on Thursday morning was welcomed to the State Residence in Chisinau by his Moldovan counterpart Pavel Filip.
This is the first time that Ciolos pays an official visit to Moldova as head of the Romanian Government.
After the official welcome ceremony with military honours, the two prime ministers went for a one-on-one meeting, expected to be followed by a plenary meeting of the accompanying ministers.
Ciolos is also scheduled to meet Moldova’s President Nicolae Timofti and Chairman of the Moldovan Parliament Andrian Candu.
Accompanying Ciolos to Moldova are Romania’s Minister of Regional Development and Public Administration Vasile Dincu, Energy Minister Victor Grigorescu, Finance Minister Anca Dragu, Justice Minister Raluca Pruna, Minister of European Funds Cristian Ghinea, and Minister-delegate for Romanians Abroad Maria Ligor.
Ciolos is scheduled to meet officials of Moldova’s civil society, local officials represented in the Congress of Moldova’s Local Authorities (CALM) as well as leaders of Moldova’s parliamentary and extra-parliamentary opposition parties.
Part of the visit, Ciolos will lay a wreath at the Monument of Stephen the Great and Holly in Chisinau.
He will also visit a kindergarten in the village of Selement, the province of Cimislia, that is included in a programme for the refurbishment and equipping of Moldovan kindergartens on technical and financial assistance from Romania’s Government.