Ana Guțu: Romania will lay emphasis on decentralized cooperation

In the relations with the Republic of Moldova, Romania will lay emphasis on decentralized cooperation, said Ana Guțu, secretary of state at the Department for Relations with the Republic of Moldova of the Government of Romania.

Ana Guțu said the Moldovan citizens consider this Department is a ‘lifebuoy’ for solving a number of problems.

“I want to note that we clearly aim to support decentralized cooperation. This means going to communities, definite mayor’s offices, people. I hope we will manage to implement large infrastructure projects with the support of the Government of Romania and also of the RoAID Agency that is Romania’s International Development Cooperation Agency,” Ana Guțu stated in the talk show “Shadow Cabinet” on Jurnal TV channel.

The secretary of state said one of the reasons for the bilateral decentralized cooperation approach is the intention to interrupt the practice of distribution of the Romanian support according to political criteria.

“This assistance will no longer be provided as until now, very often. Money was offered to the Filat Government, the Plahotniuc Government. School buses were provided and these were distributed to mayor’s offices according to party criteria. There will be projects managed from Romania for Moldovan communities, people in terms of assessment, costs,” noted Ana Guțu.

Another reason for such decisions is the fact that there are no sufficient politicians in Chisinau who would plead for the fulfillment of the provisions of the Association Agreement with the EU. “Currently, we do not have majority, a clear power at the level of the central public administration, which would say that the Republic of Moldova wants to implement the Association Agreement with the EU and would fulfill all the undertaken commitments and would ensure the independence of justice, of the state institutions from any political influence. This is not done and MEPs, EU officials delivered messages, saying that money will be provided, but something should be done instead.”

Ana Guțu said that a new consignment of 20 tonnes of disinfectants was delivered to Moldova on May 27. Of these, 10 tonnes were directed to Cahul and the other 10 tonnes to Strășeni.

“In Cahul, there was also supplied a batch of protective equipment for the Metropolitan Church of Southern Bessarabia from the Galați Bishopric of Lower Danube and a consignment of visors made by professors of the University of Galați.”

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