The Prime Minister of Romania Nicolae Ciucă said there is no other option that can offer the citizens of the Republic of Moldova access to freedom, stability, prosperity, decent living and European integration. After the meeting with Prime Minister Dorin Recean in Chisinau, the official said that Romania is ready to offer the necessary support and to share its experience in the integration process, which is not at all easy, but is extremely necessary, IPN reports.
“The Republic of Moldova set off firmly on the path of reforms and European integration with the aim of offering better living conditions to its citizens. You, mister Prime Minister, have a clear short-term objective – to fulfill the recommendations of the European Commission and to stat the accession negotiations. As we discussed, we will offer our full support and will share all our experience. It is not an easy road, but is a necessary and beneficial effort in which we support you strongly,” stated Nicolae Ciucă.
“We discussed our approaches, among others, for renovating and building new bridges over the Prut, for opening new border crossing points, for implementing the project related to coordinated control on the border, form training personnel in different sectors and bodies of the Republic of Moldova and for developing energy infrastructure between the two states,” said the Romanian Premier.
He also said that Romania will continue supporting the development of the human capital of the Republic of Moldova by providing scholarships in Romanian universities for all the programs of study and at all the levels of education. Romania provided assistance in the form of grant funding, by supplying electrical energy, by allocating crude oil and other energy products, by using the Iasi-Chisinau gas pipeline, by transferring experience, etc.
“We are not alone. We are part of a family of friends on which we can always bank. I undertook to personally become involved in the development of the close relationship with Romania. As I stated in Bucharest, Romania is our advocate in all the European institutions. This way, we can advance in the European course, despite the security challenges generated by Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine,” said the Prime Minister of Moldova Dorin Recean.
According to him, the Moldovan authorities manage to swiftly and efficiently coordinate with Bucharest the cases of mutual interest, in the spirit of solidarity and special relations, based on which the past is shared, the present is managed and the future is built. They agreed the joint actions in implementing the national program for the next three years for teaching the Romanian language to national minorities in Moldova, including the adult population.
The sides also discussed the development of economic relations and identified a number of opportunities for investment, trade, development of join projects in such areas as energy, information technology, telecommunications, financial-banking services, integration of capital market, tourism. Premier Recean said the commercial and social exchanges will facilitate the extension of interconnection infrastructure. The authorities are determined to develop the infrastructure of bridges over the Prut and to improve crossborder connectivity. In May already, the Leova-Bumbăta pontoon bridge will be opened to traffic. Also, three bridges are to be modernized, namely Sculeni-Sculeni, Cahul-Oancea and Leușeni-Albița. The relevant agreements are to be signed in April.