Joint commission for European integration meets in Bucharest

The joint commission for European integration between the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova and the Parliament of Romania came together for its sixth meeting in Bucharest. The event is hosted by the Romanian legislature. According to the Moldovan Parliament’s press service, three panel discussions were held on November 20, IPN reports.

The economic panel discussions centered on the interconnection of the natural gas, electric power, road transport, railway and air transport systems between Moldova and Romania, exchange of experience in adjusting the national legislation to the EU’s and Moldova’s participation, alongside Romania, in transfrontier and transnational projects.

The foreign policy and security panel discussed Moldova’s efforts to adjust its legislation to the Community acquis, transfer of expertise in cyber-security, fighting of organized crime and terrorism, and exchange of experience in reforming the justice sector.

The education, culture and human resources panel discussions referred to projects in the education sector, including scholarships, internships, experience-exchange visits, transfer of good practices in such areas as the protection of children and persons with disabilities, discrimination fighting, etc.

“New projects and initiatives are to be launched as a result of the discussions within the joint commission, which will mean a more powerful support provided by Romania to the Republic of Moldova in the path of European integration,” said the commission’s co-chairman on behalf of Moldova’s Parliament George Mocanu.

On the second day of the meeting, the commission will sign a statement on the priorities in the future Moldovan-Romanian cooperation. Moldova’s delegation includes MPs George Mocanu, Mihaela Spataru, Roman Botan, Ion Balan, Marcel Raducan, Alina Zotea and Igor Vremea.

The meeting is held before the Eastern Partnership Summit that will take place in Brussels on November 24 and in connection with the agreeing of the joint priorities for the period during which Romania will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, as from 2019. The commission met last in Chisinau on June 21-22, 2016.

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