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PM Ciuca, at the joint meeting of governments of Romania and R. of Moldova: Chisinau shows the greatest openness ever in bilateral relation with Romania

Agreement on 100-million-euro grant to Moldova, other bilateral documents signed in Chisinau

Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca on Friday remarked  in Chisinau at the beginning of the joint meeting of the national governments of Romania and Moldova that this is the time of the “greatest openness” ever in bilateral relations.

“These favorable conditions allow us to build an intense and ambitious bilateral agenda. In 2020, in a year of crisis, Romania provided the Republic of Moldova official development assistance worth a record high 46.8 million euros, especially for Education, for scholarships,” the Premier said.

He added that the joint meeting of the two national governments has a special symbolic significance, expressing his conviction that this will materialize in the signing of several agreements, protocols and memoranda.

“We have managed to honor a promise we made not long ago, that we will hold this joint government meeting as soon as possible. For the first time it takes place in Chisinau. It is an activity suffused with symbolic meaning and I am convinced that it will materialize in realities, in hard facts, through the initialling of agreements, protocols and memoranda at minister level,” PM Ciuca said.

 

Romania is the first trading partner of the Republic of Moldova and one of its main investors

 

Romania is the first trading partner of the Republic of Moldova and one of its main investors and our country wants to further strengthen these positive developments, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca underscored on Friday during a joint press conference with his Moldovan counterpart, Natalia Gavrilita, in Chisinau.

“Trade volume between Romania and Moldova reached 2.4 billion US dollars in 2021, a record in bilateral relations. We want to strengthen these positive developments in order to fully exploit the huge potential for cooperation existing between our countries, especially through substantial Romanian investments in the Republic of Moldova. In order for this to happen, determined efforts are needed to improve the business environment and the investment climate in the Republic of Moldova,” Ciuca said.

He underscored that the Romanian Government is watching “with concern the major challenges” facing the Republic of Moldova in the energy sector.

“We are still by the Republic of Moldova’s side in this sensitive area, with significant implications for the citizens,” he added.

According to him, the agreement on non-reimbursable financial assistance of 100 million euros will be the “main vector” through which Romania will support in the next period, financially and technically, the efforts of the Republic of Moldova for sustainable development, advancement through reforms, rapprochement with the EU and increase in resilience in key sectors.

“Basically, this agreement will be the instrument through which we intend to support the firm, solid connection of the Republic of Moldova to the European space, through Romania – through roads and bridges, through electricity and gas networks, through local development projects. Agreements aimed at the construction of a bridge over the Prut River between Ungheni and Ungheni, respectively the consolidation of the border road bridge between Galati and Giurgiulesti have a strong practical and symbolic significance when it comes to the connection between Romania and the Republic of Moldova,” Nicolae Ciuca explained.

He brought to mind that, in 2020, Romania provided the Republic of Moldova with official development assistance worth a total of 46.8 million euros, mainly in the field of education. At the same time, in 2021, our country donated over half a million doses of vaccines against COVID-19 and over 100,000 rapid antigen tests and a new medical aid, worth over 2 million euros. Farmers in the Republic of Moldova received over 6,000 tonnes of diesel from Romania.

“Thanks to our voluntary contribution, the European Endowment for Democracy organisation has received 300,000 euros in funding for the implementation of projects in support of the civil society and the independent media,” he said.

At the same time, Nicolae Ciuca stated that a framework for collaboration is needed to reduce roaming charges, and the document signed on Friday does not amount to an immediate reduction in costs, but provides tools to achieve this goal.

“We are beginning this process today, with the essential involvement of the telephone operators on both banks of the Prut. We hope to have the results that our citizens expect as soon as possible,” he said.

Prime Minister Ciuca reiterated his support for the European path of the Republic of Moldova.

“I have sent a firm and sincere message of support to the Government led by Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita for the European path of the Republic of Moldova, under the Bilateral Strategic Partnership for the European Integration of the Republic of Moldova, as well as for its deep reform process. It should be noted from the outset that the Joint Declaration of the President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis, and of the President of the Republic of Moldova, Ms. Maia Sandu, signaled a new beginning, providing us with political guidance for relaunching bilateral cooperation,” Ciuca also said.

 

Moldovan PM Gavrilita: The two countries need to speed up energy interconnection efforts

 

Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita during a joint press conference with Prime Minister Nicoale Ciuca on Friday insisted that the two countries need to speed up energy interconnection efforts.

Her statement followed the signing ceremony of 11 bilateral documents, including a memorandum on cooperation in the field of energy security.

“The global energy crisis that affected including the Republic of Moldova showed us who are our friends who help us in need. The support provided by the European Union, the EU member states and, in particular, Romania was essential to overcome the most critical moments we went through in October. In the context of the major energy projects that Romania is carrying out, including in what concerns the natural gas extraction and storage, but also the development of electricity generation capacities, there is a need to speed up energy interconnection efforts,” she said.

Natalia Gavrilita brought to mind that on Friday she handed to Prime Minister Ciuca the certificate regarding the full execution of the contractual obligations undertaken by Eurotransgaz through the sale-purchase agreement for the investment tender of the unique heritage complex “Vestmoldtransgaz,” which represents the end point of the construction of the Iasi-Chisinau gas pipeline.

“Our government, immediately after the investment, unblocked the processes related to the interconnection through high voltage power lines and here we had a very good collaboration with our colleagues from Romania,” she mentioned.

The Prime Minister of Chisinau appreciated that the decision to build a new bridge over the Prut River is of a “special significance” for the bilateral relations. She underscored that it is the first new bridge that will connect the two banks of the Prut River after independence.

“It is a bridge that will connect two towns with the same name: Ungheni. It is a bridge that will bring welfare to the people on both banks of the Prut River and it is not just about fuel and time saved for travel, but also the feeling of closeness, which will generate new employment opportunities, new flows of tourists and consumers and new businesses, developed both in Ungheni and in Iasi, she pointed out.

Natalia Gavrilita also welcomed the approval of the agreement on the 100 million euro fund for development projects in the Republic of Moldova.

“There is money that will bring development in the regions of Moldova, will create jobs, will be transformed into infrastructure that will make the life of communities better: access to quality water, sewage treatment plants, quality public services, cultural and development projects of tourism,” Natalia Gavrilita also said.

She mentioned the “drastic” reduction of incoming calls and internet services and the elimination of roaming charges for calls made by citizens of both countries.

“Several important documents have been signed on digitization, education, research, cooperation on justice and the fight against corruption. It has been a busy bilateral agenda, which we are happy about,” she said.

She also said that she was very happy to communicate directly with the representatives of the new government in Bucharest.

“We are very lucky that all political forces in Romania have a common approach when it comes to the Republic of Moldova. We hope that through such partnerships we will convince all political actors in Moldova that the citizens can only benefit from this cooperation,” said Natalia Gavrilita.

 

Agreement on 100-million-euro grant to Moldova, other bilateral documents signed in Chisinau

 

A series of bilateral documents were signed in Chisinau on Friday at the end of a joint meeting of the national Romanian and Moldovan governments, including an intergovernmental agreement on the implementation of an aid programme under which Romania extends 100 million euros in financial grants to Moldova, an agreement signed by Romania’s PM Nicolae Ciuca and Moldova’s PM Natalia Gavrilita.

The two also signed a joint statement of the government of Moldova and the government of Romania on strengthening economic and investment co-operation.

During the same event, a series of documents were signed at the level of ministers.

Thus, an agreement was signed between the two governments on cutting tariffs for the provision of international roaming services and international calls between the two countries by Moldova’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Nicolae Popescu and Romania’s Minister of Research, Innovation and Digital Transformation Marcel Bolos.

A bilateral agreement on technical, financial, legal and organisational matters regarding the consolidation of the border road bridge between the two countries over the Prut River between Giurgiulesti (Moldova) and Galati (Romania) was signed by Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development Andrei Spinu, and Romania’s Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu.

The same ministers also signed an agreement on technical, financial, legal and organisational aspects regarding the construction, operation, maintenance and repair of the border road bridge between the two countries across the Prut River from Ungheni in Moldova to Ungheni in Romania.

A memorandum of understanding on energy security co-operation between Moldova’s Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development and the Romanian Ministry of Energy was also signed by Spinu and Popescu.

Another memorandum of understanding between the two national governments regards digital transformation. It was signed by Moldova’s Deputy Prime Minister and Digital Transformation Minister Iurie Turcanu and his Romanian counterpart Marcel Bolos.

Another memorandum of understanding was signed between Moldova’s Ministry of Education and Research and the Romanian Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digital Transformation in the area of development and innovation research by Moldovan minister Anatolie Topala and Romanian minister Marcel Bolos.

At the same time, a cooperation protocol was added between Moldova’s Ministry of Education and Research and the Ministry of Education of Romania for the years 2020-2026, signed by Moldova’s Education Minister Anatolie Topala and Romania’s Education Minister Sorin Cimpeanu.

At the same joint session, a protocol on military education co-operation between the defence ministries of Moldova and Romania was signed by Molodva’s Defence Minister Anatolie Nosatii and Romania’s Defence Minister Vasile Dincu.

A joint statement was signed by Moldova’s Interior Minister Ana Revenco and Romanian Interior Minister Lucian Bode on internal affairs co-operation. The two ministers also signed a co-operation plan in the area of professional training for the interior ministries of the two countries for the year 2022.

Another plan, an action plan in the area of justice between the justice ministries of Moldova and Romania, was signed for 2022-2024 by Moldova’s Justice Minister Sergiu Litvinenco and senior offcial with Romania’s Justice Ministry Catalin Serban.

 

EnergyMin Popescu: We signed memorandum on cooperation with Republic of Moldova in energy security area

 

Representatives of the Governments of Romania and the Republic of Moldova on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the area of energy security, Romanian Energy Minister Virgil Popescu announced on Facebook.

“Together with Andrei Spinu, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development, we signed today the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Romania and the Government of the Republic of Moldova on cooperation in energy security. Energy is one of the areas in which cooperation between Romania and the Republic of Moldova is a close one and, I might add, with concrete results,” mentioned Virgil Popescu.

The Minister of Energy explained that Romania and the Republic of Moldova will draw up in the next 6 months the joint action plan in case of energy crisis.

“The memorandum signed today establishes a framework for dialogue in which we will be able to exchange information and coordinate our actions to ensure the continuity of electricity and / or natural gas supply to consumers, without affecting the fulfillment of the obligations assumed, according to the coordination platforms and mechanisms implemented under the Energy Community and the European Union. In the next 6 months, we will draw up a Joint Action Plan and Solidarity Measures in the Event of an Energy Crisis,” said Virgil Popescu.

The Minister of Energy stressed that Romania supports the harmonisation of the internal legislation of the Republic of Moldova with the European legislation in the field of energy.

“Romania supports the harmonisation of the internal legislation of the Republic of Moldova with the European legislation in the field of energy, in order to achieve a higher degree of integration of the regional market. I strongly believe that we can explore new areas of cooperation between our countries in the field of energy. (…) Romania has been, is and will always be by the side of the Republic of Moldova in order to reach its goal of becoming a member of the European Union,” concluded Virgil Popescu.

 

Romanian, Moldovan Defence Ministers sign protocol on co-operation in the field of military education

 

Romania’s Defence Minister Vasile Dincu and his Moldovan counterpart Anatolie Nosatii signed in Chisinau a protocol on co-operation in the field of military education on the sidelines of a joint meeting of the national governments of Romania and Moldova hosted by Chisinau.

According to the Romanian Defence Ministry (MApN), the document details practical ways of carrying out a student exchange programme involving pupils, students and trainees of military schools in the two countries.

The protocol, concluded for a period of 10 years, also provides for a framework for collaboration in the area of harmonisation of educational processes, applied research and cultural activities and upgrading education infrastructure.

Dincu and Nosatii had a private meeting during the joint governmental session to review the main aspects of defence co-operation since 2000 and the prospects for its intensification under the aegis of the strategic partnership between the two countries signed in 2010.

“It is important for the civil society to be aware of the firm commitment and substantial support of our country to the well-being of the Republic of Moldova. On your journey to European integration, you can count on Romania’s full support,” said Dincu.

In order to strengthen regional security and develop military co-operation, the two defence ministers sent a signal to encourage the accession of Moldova to the South-East Europe Defense Ministerial (SEDM) Process, which would allow participation in projects developed under this initiative.

At the same time, Dincu also underscored the importance of strengthening crisis resilience, mentioning to the point the mutual support that Romania and Moldova have provided one another during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In his turn, Nosatii expressed his gratitude for the support provided by Romania in key areas of co-operation: ensuring the participation of the troops of the two national armies in joint exercises in both Romania and Moldova and ensuring a significant number of places in Romanian military education establishments for the personnel of the National Army of Moldova.

He also mentioned the valuable expertise and assistance provided by Romania amidst the implementation of objectives of important co-operation initiatives – the Moldova-EU Action Plan and the Moldova-NATO Partnership Individual Action Plan, in particular the Defence and Related Security Capacity Building (DCB).

“Romania was and is an important strategic partner to Moldova. Over time, we have managed to build sincere, unconditional and confirmed friendships under a large number of joint projects, programmes and activities designed to develop the defence sector of Moldova. We continue to rely on the experience of Romanian partners in reforming the defence sector according to democratic standards, which is an important goal for the current government, besides strengthening the capacities of the national army to participate in international peacekeeping operations,” said Nosatii.

 

Agreement between Romania and Republic of Moldova to reduce roaming and international calls tariffs

 

Roaming and international calls tariffs between the Republic of Moldova and Romania will decrease based on an agreement signed on Friday between the two states for a period of five years, informs the National Authority for Administration and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM), in a press release sent to AGERPRES.

“Today, February 11, 2022, during the joint meeting of the Government of Romania and the Government of the Republic of Moldova, the Agreement on the reduction of tariffs for the provision of international roaming services and international calls between the two states was signed. The agreement was concluded on a 5-year period. The National Agency for Regulation in Electronic Communications and Information Technology of the Republic of Moldova (ANRCETI) and the National Authority for Administration and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) have provided technical assistance to electronic communications in the two states,” the release reads.

According to the quoted source, the agreement between Romania and the Republic of Moldova aims to create the framework of collaboration between the two parties in order to sustainably reduce the supply tariffs, on the retail market, of international roaming services: voice, SMS and data, respectively international calls between the two states.

Thus, the scope of the Agreement includes mobile communications traffic performed by users of operators in the Republic of Moldova, roaming in the networks of Romanian operators, as well as that performed by users of Romanian operators, roaming in the networks of operators in the Republic of Moldova.

At the same time, the document contains provisions regarding the international calls to the Republic of Moldova made from the Romanian telephone numbering system, respectively the international calls to Romania, made from the Moldovan telephone numbering system.

ANCOM states that the agreement will enter into force immediately after the exchange of notes on the completion of the necessary national procedures, and ANRCETI and ANCOM will support the implementation of its provisions.

Romania and the Republic of Moldova will encourage the sustainable reduction of the supply tariffs, on the retail market, of international roaming services, respectively of those of international calls between the two states within maximum three months from the date of entry into force of the Agreement, notes ANCOM.

 

Compiled from Agerpres

Photo: www.gov.ro

 

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