On Thursday, President Klaus Iohannis met Andrian Candu, Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, at the Cotroceni Palace.
According to a Presidential Administration communique, the talks included an exchange of opinions on the current aspects of the agenda of cooperation between Romania and the Republic of Moldova, with an emphasis on interconnection projects in the energy field, Republic of Moldova’s cooperation with the European Union, domestic developments in that country and developments registered in the settlement of the Transnistrian dossier.
Evoking the substantial meeting he recently had with the Moldovan Prime Minister on the margins of the high-level segment at the UN General Assembly, President Klaus Iohannis confirmed Romania’s continuous and strong support for the Republic of Moldova’s European agenda, outlining the importance of its consistent implementation of the reforms assumed through the Association Agreement with the European Union, so as to bring direct and concrete benefits to its citizens.
The Romanian President and the Moldovan high-level official stressed the priority that concrete progress in judiciary and public administration reform gains in the current context. At the same time, President Klaus Iohannis encouraged the completion, within the established deadlines, of the energy projects that seek to have the Republic of Moldova physically connected, via Romania, to the European energy space and common market, in line with the objectives of the Republic of Moldova’s economic integration.
In his turn, Republic of Moldova’s Speaker of the Parliament expressed his gratitude for Romania’s support for the Republic of Moldova’s European road, including for the recent disbursement of the third tranche of the reimbursable loan. At the same time, Andrian Candu outlined the importance of the continuation of bilateral projects with a direct impact in the improvement of the standard of living of Republic of Moldova’s citizens.
The Republic of Moldova’s Speaker of the Parliament also outlined the importance that the current Moldovan Government continues to confer on the process of reforms, with an emphasis on the fields of central state administration and the judiciary, and underscored the priority of implementing the Association Agreement and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement, reminding the efforts made in the field of integrity, including the creation of the National Integrity Agency. At the same time, the high-level official provided information on the measures required on the part of the Republic of Moldova for the on-time completion of energy interconnectors, with an emphasis on the Iasi-Ungheni-Chisinau natural gas pipeline project whose completion, alongside the completion of electricity grid interconnectors, is essential for the Republic of Moldova’s energy security.
President Klaus Iohannis and the Republic of Moldova’s Speaker of the Parliament Andrian Candu also discussed the stage of the process of settling the Transnistrian dossier, the aforementioned source added.
Dodon, after the Candu’s apologies from Bucharest: Mr. Candu should apologize, indeed, but not to the foreign governments, but to his own citizens
The President of the Republic of Moldova, Igor Dodon, says that Adrian Candu has to apologize, indeed, “many times and repeatedly”, but not to the foreign governments, but to his own citizens, for the “social problems and illegalities committed by the Democrat governments”. Dodon’s reaction comes after the President of the Moldovan Parliament said in Bucharest, after he met Liviu Dragnea and Calin Popescu Tariceanu, that he apologized for the Moldovan President’s statements related to Romania.
“Mr. Candu should apologize, indeed. Many times and repeatedly. But not to the foreign governments, but to his own citizens, for the disappointments, for the social problems and illegalities committed by the Democrat governments in the last years” Igor Dodon wrote on Facebook on Thursday morning.
As for the relationship with Romania, Dodon said that we are two related nations, but each of them has its history and country.
“I never was and I will never be against Romanians, but I will condemn unionism and I will advocate for the protection of the statehood of the Republic of Moldova” President Dodon added.
President of Moldovan Parliament Andrian Candu: I apologize for President Dodon’s statements about Romania
President of the Moldovan Parliament Andrian Candu on Wednesday announced that he apologized during the meeting he had with the Senate and Deputies Chambers Speakers Calin Popescu-Tariceanu and Liviu Dragnea for the statements made by President Igor Dodon about Romania.
“It brings me a great joy to be here today, in Bucharest, and to be able to have a good talk between such good friends and partners, with Speaker Dragnea and Speaker Tariceanu, a good talk as families have, I would say, for this is how we feel when we come to Bucharest – like home. We reviewed the bilateral relations agenda at parliamentary level, but also the general agenda of relations between the Republic of Moldova and Romania. We also tackled provocative discussion, including some that are coming from Chisinau. I also apologized. I really did apologize for the statements made by the President of the Republic of Moldova against Romania and about Romania, for it seems that a President who is lacking so many abilities tries to compensate them through statements that he makes against Romania. And I apologize for that,” stated Candu, at the Parliament Palace, after meeting with Speakers of the two Chambers of the Parliament in Bucharest.
He also underscored that Romania is an important partner of the Republic of Moldova.
“Romania is an important partner of us. Romania is an important partner, the number one partner and the number one friend and this is very well known in Chisinau and no one can speculate otherwise. Even if there were various interpretations made by the authorities in Chisinau, our top priority remains European integration and the reforms that we started for our European integration and Romania is out partner and our lawyer in the European integration process. We rely very much on Romania. I personally rely very much on my colleagues from the Romanian Parliament.. We’ve discussed several events that we are about to organize together in Bucharest and Chisinau and I am certain that we can do it,” said Candu.
ForMin Melescanu assured Moldovan Parliament President of Romania’s support for Moldova’s European journey
Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu on Thursday had a meeting with Republic of Moldova Parliament President Andrian Candu, who was paying a visit to Romania, and assured him of Romania’s support for the European journey of the neighbouring country.
The two high officials made a review of the stage of bilateral cooperation, with a focus on achieving the interconnection projects in the energy and transport areas, at the same time approaching the relevant developments in the Republic of Moldova and the relation with the European Union, a Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) release informs.
During the meeting, they discussed the reform demarches carried out by the Government and Parliament of Chisinau, in the context of implementing the Association Agreement and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with the EU, and the Romanian chief diplomat highlighted the need of consistent continuation and strengthening of the reforms to the benefit of the citizens of the Republic of Moldova.
Andrian Candu thanked Romania for the constant and concrete support granted and underscored the relevance of common collaboration projects for the development of the Republic of Moldova.
Minister Melescanu highlighted the priority importance granted to the relation with the Republic of Moldova in the entirety of Romania’s foreign policies, and reassured the Moldovan official of Romania’s active support in promoting the European bid of Moldova.