Prime Minister Mihai Tudose stated on Friday in Chisinau that Romania will remain an advocate of the Republic of Moldova at international level.
He stated, at the end of a meeting in Chisinau with his Moldovan counterpart Pavel Filip, but also with members of the Moldovan Cabinet, that Romania will endorse the Moldovan authorities in order to follow a European path, but he underscored the need of continuance of the power in the Republic of Moldova.
“There is a need of continuance, a need of stability because otherwise all the efforts made by the Moldovan Government and the Government of Bucharest in order to help, if they don’t have a finality in a few years, to cross as soon as possible the path towards the European Union on which the Republic of Moldova has enrolled, it’s a shame to make so many unnecessary efforts. We are fully committed in the joint effort with the Republic of Moldova,” Tudose stated.
Romania, Moldova to have joint government sitting this fall in Chisinau
Premier Mihai Tudose on Friday said that he has agreed with his Moldovan counterpart Pavel Filip upon a joint government sitting in Chisinau, this autumn.
“I’ve also agreed with Mr. Premier [Pavel Filip – ed. n.] to reunite in Chisinau this fall in a joint government sitting, having by then monthly meetings at ministers’ level for boosting the common projects,” Mihai Tudose said at the seat of the Government of the Republic of Moldova, during a joint press conference with Pavel Filip.
The Romanian dignitary has reiterated that “Romania remains an advocate, an enthusiastic supporter of Moldova on an international level.”
Tudose recalled that four high European officials, former ministers are in Chisinau, as they are “good advocates of Moldova’s interests,” mentioning in this respect the Romanian former Education Minister, Daniel Funeriu.
Premier Pavel Filip: Beyond political colour of Bucharest governments, attitude towards Moldova unchanged
“Beyond the political colour of the Bucharest governments, their attitude towards the Republic of Moldova never changed,” said on Friday in Chisinau the Moldovan Prime Minister, Pavel Filip, at the end of a private meeting with Romanian counterpart Mihai Tudose.
Pavel said during a joint press conference with Tudose that “this cross-party attitude should be taken over, in his opinion, by some of the political formations and political leaders here, in Chisinau.”
“Despite emphatic statements delivered by certain officials in Chisinau, the Republic of Moldova knows who its real friends are and what its real path is. This path is toward Europe and the values defining the European Union’s space,” Filip stressed.
He underlined that “the relationship between Romania and Moldova is not just a relation between two states, a simple relation between two neighbour countries, but a soul bond.”
Filip: I’ve invited Romanian companies to invest in Moldova
The Prime Minister of the Government of Moldova, Pavel Filip on Friday had a conversation with visiting Romanian counterpart, Mihai Tudose about the privatisation programme of the Moldovan state-run companies and launched an invitation to the Romanian companies to invest in his country.
“We have reiterated our interest in furthering the Romanian investments in Moldova. We’ve talked about the privatisation programme we have here in Chisinau and have invited, once again, the Romanian companies to invest in the Republic of Moldova,” Pavel Filip said at the end of his tete-a-tete meeting with the Romanian counterpart.
Premier Filip emphasised that “Romania is the main commercial and economic partner of Moldova.”
“We are glad that more and more Moldovan products are now traded on the Romanian market and also that more and more Romanian investments can be found here in the Republic of Moldova,” he added.
Moldova’s PM Filip: The Republic of Moldova’s neutrality doesn’t mean this country’s isolation
Prime Minister of the Government of Republic of Moldova Pavel Filip has stated on Friday that the North-Atlantic Alliance (NATO) will open an office in Chisinau, underscoring that “the Republic of Moldova’s neutrality doesn’t mean the isolation of this country.”
Filip said, at the end of the meeting with Romanian PM Mihai Tudose, that the NATO office in Chisinau might be operational as of August 2017.
“We want and I assure you that we will further have a good collaboration with the North-Atlantic Alliance. (…) There is no obstacle and no barrier in opening this office, except for some technical issues and we hope that by August we would have fixed them so we have a NATO liaison office here in Chisinau,” PM Filip mentioned.
Moldovan PM: Hoping Iasi – Ungheni – Chisinau gas pipeline operational by end of 2018
Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip expressed hopes on Friday that the Iasi – Ungheni – Chisinau gas pipeline will be completed by the end of 2018.
Investments in the gas pipeline connecting Romania to the Republic of Moldova were discussed on the occasion of a meeting between Pavel Filip and his Romanian counterpart Mihai Tudose.
“This is about independence and security, more precisely the energy security of the Republic of Moldova, and from this point of view, we agreed to move very quickly with this project. The technical design will be ready in a few weeks and we hope that by the end of 2018 this pipeline is operational,” Filip said.
The two Prime Ministers also discussed the connection of the Republic of Moldova to Romania’s power grid.
“We have agreed that we we’ll anyway have a connection, at least for the beginning with Romania, specifically the Isaccea – Vulcanesti – Chisinau connection, therefore our colleagues will discuss the other technical aspects to advance on this project too,” added the Moldovan Premier.
Attending the talks in Chisinau were also Transgaz CEO Ion Sterian and Transelectrica CEO Corina Popescu.
Romania’s Government donates Rep. Moldova another 96 school minibuses
Romania’s Government on Friday donated to Moldova 96 school minibuses under a memorandum signed on 22 March on education assistance.
Prime Minister Mihai Tudose participated in a ceremony where the keys to the minibuses were handed over, with the first key having gone President of Hancesti District Ghenadie Buza.
In his speech, the head of the Romanian Government underscored the need to improve the living standards of Moldova’s population.
“We are offering and publicly declaring our further support for Moldova, both on a political level, in the relation with Western partners, and on a strategic level in respect of energy supply to the Republic of Moldova, as energy security is a staple in any country, and our common efforts, of the two governments, are directed to improving the standards of living, starting from kindergartens, reaching up to schools, transport and access to education, which is very important, and culminating with scholarships granted by Romania’s Government to the students of the Republic of Moldova,” Tudose said.
In his turn, the Moldovan PM, Pavel Filip, appreciated the support offered by Romania’s Government, underscoring that all “the citizens of the Republic of Moldova treasure very much this attitude and Romania’s gestures in support of the Republic of Moldova.”
“Romania has always known how to be together with the Republic of Moldova and directly contribute to its development and especially during its hardest times. I have said it repeatedly that, when the Republic of Moldova would have a hard time, the first to lend a helping hand would be our brothers from Bucharest,” Filip said.
This is the second donation of school minibuses to Moldova, after 100 donated last year.