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PM Gavrilita in Bucharest: Romania stood by the side of Moldova in the most difficult moments in the last couple of years, the pandemic and the energy crisis

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Natalia Gavrilita, on Thursday had a meeting in Bucharest with her Romanian counterpart, Nicolae Ciuca. She was  also received by President Klaus Iohannis, and by the Speakers of the two Chambers of Romanian Parliament, Florin Citu and Marcel Ciolacu.

 

Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova Natalia Gavrilita on Thursday stated, after the meeting with her Romanian counterpart, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca, that Romania stood by the side of Moldova in the most difficult moments in the last couple of years – during the COVID-19 pandemic and the energy crisis.

“It is a great honour for me to be the first Prime Minister you welcome at the Victoria Palace for an official visit. I believe that this fact reflects the special privileged relationship existing between the Republic of Moldova and Romania, a relationship based on language, culture and community. I am also pleased to have the opportunity to visit Bucharest just two weeks after President Maia Sandu was here, when the new Roadmap on Priority Areas was signed. We have a historic chance to transform the language community into a community of great projects to the benefit of the people on both banks of the Prut River, by building new bridges, both symbolical and concrete ones, whether we are talking about the interconnection in the energy field, about connecting the transport infrastructure in the Republic of Moldova to European networks, or facilitating telecommunications between the two shores,” Natalia Gavrilita told a joint press statement with Romanian PM Nicolae Ciuca.

“Romania has stood by the side of Moldova during the most difficult times of recent years: during the COVID-19 pandemic and the energy crisis, that is. I would like to take this opportunity to voice our sincere thanks for Romania’s generous solidarity with our citizens, who received hundreds of thousands of doses of COVID vaccines, or doctors in the Republic of Moldova, who received protective equipment and other materials when they could hardly be found on international markets. So it was the normal thing to do for us to show solidarity when we had that opportunity as well,” said Gavrilita.

She also mentioned that, in the context of the energy crisis, “Romania has once again jumped to the aid of the Republic of Moldova” through the gas delivered in October.

“Also, thanks to the supply of the natural gas transmission pipeline Iasi – Ungheni – Chisinau, the Republic of Moldova will be able to take important steps in ensuring independence and energy security,” added Natalia Gavrilita.

She also mentioned that the Republic of Moldova wants more investors from Romania, stating that an absolute priority is to achieve by 2024 the interconnection of energy systems between the two countries, the construction of roads linking the regions on both banks of the Prut, the improvement railway connections between Bucharest and Chisinau.

Gavrilita proposed Prime Minister Ciuca the organization of a joint meeting of the governments of the Republic of Moldova and Romania at the beginning of next year.

 

PM Ciuca: We want to conclude a new agreement on providing non-reimbursable financial assistance to the Republic of Moldova

 

Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca said that following talks with Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita on Thursday, he expressed, among other things, his ‘wish to conclude a new agreement on providing non-reimbursable financial assistance to the Republic of Moldova, establishing, at the same time, the organization of a new meeting of the two governments at the beginning of next year.

“Today’s talks set the concrete benchmarks of our cooperation in the coming period on the basis of the Strategic Partnership for European Integration of the Republic of Moldova and starting from the community of language, culture and history. We also start from the Roadmap on priority areas of Romania-Republic of Moldova cooperation, signed on the sidelines of the visit of the President [of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu] and which lists all sectoral initiatives of priority interest,” Nicolae Ciuca told the press in a joint statement alongside his counterpart from Chisinau.

He added that the Moldovan Prime Minister’s visit to Bucharest marks the continuation of the joint effort to implement the bilateral agenda, which is “ambitious and forward-looking”.

According to him, the discussions were “very applied” on “a wide range of topics”.

He pointed out that the bilateral agenda is a “rich” one, with “clear and impactful projects” for the citizens on both banks of the Prut.

“We want to conclude a new agreement on the granting of non-reimbursable financial assistance for the benefit of the Republic of Moldova as soon as possible. The former agreement, signed in 2010, expired this year, in March, but we have committed and together we will make efforts, so that we can prolong its validity,” Ciuca said.

Other priority topics for the two countries are energy interconnection and the implementation of infrastructure projects.

“I am referring here to the interconnection of power lines between Romania and the Republic of Moldova. We are also pursuing the implementation of infrastructure projects with a central role in connecting the Republic of Moldova to the European space, through Romania, with special emphasis on the consolidation of the Galati-Giurgiulesti road bridge,” Ciuca explained.

Last but not least, the Romanian Prime Minister announced that he had agreed with the Chief Executive of Chisinau to organize a joint meeting of the two governments at the beginning of next year.

“We have agreed with Prime Minister Gavrilita to meet soon, at the beginning of next year, for a new joint meeting of the two governments. In the remaining time, we will work closely for the accelerated advancement of bilateral projects in key areas. There is openness and an unprecedented climate of trust in bilateral relations. We understand that we must make the most of this window of opportunity, as well as the dynamic dialogue at the presidential, parliamentary and governmental levels,” Ciuca added.

 

Senate President Citu: Romania supports European path of Republic of Moldova

 

Romania supports the European path of the Republic of Moldova and all those projects that will ensure a better collaboration between the two states, in the spirit of European values, Senate President Florin Citu said on Thursday at the meeting with the Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Moldova Natalia Gavrilita, on an official visit to Bucharest.

According to a Senate press release, the talks focused on continuing the sustained and meaningful political dialogue of late as well as on current issues of bilateral cooperation, for an applied and comprehensive approach to the sectoral agenda and on establishing solid benchmarks for advancing common priority projects.

Florin Citu expressed the Senate’s full support in the processes of transformation, modernization and implementation of reforms in the Republic of Moldova, expressing his readiness to convey Romania’s experience and legislative expertise, especially in terms of justice reform, fight against corruption, supporting the business environment.

 

Ciolacu: I saw a lot of determination from the Prime Minister for the implementation of the reformist programme promoted by President Maia Sandu

 

The Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Marcel Ciolacu, said on Thursday, after a meeting with the Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Moldova, Natalia Gavrilita, that he had seen much determination at the Moldovan official regarding the implementation of the reform programme in this country.

“Today I had a very pleasant meeting with the Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Moldova, Mrs. Natalia Gavrilita. I saw a lot of determination from the Prime Minister for the implementation of the reformist programme promoted by President Maia Sandu. This gives us hope that the Republic of Moldova will progress consistently in terms of supporting the European agenda!” Marcel Ciolacu wrote on Facebook.

 

 

Compiled from Agerpres

Photo: www.gov.ro

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