Chişinău, in the neighboring ex-soviet, Romanian-speaking, Republic of Moldova on Saturday saw for the first time a joint session of its Parliament and the Parliament of Romania
day after the European Commission recommended the member states to grant
Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova the status of EU-accession candidate,
Chisinau hosted for the first time a joint session of the Parliaments of
Romania and the ex-Soviet, Romanian-speaking Republic of Moldova. 'We are
continuing to count on Romania, which is a major voice in European institutions',
leaders in Chisinau say. In the opening of the joint session, Moldovan
president Maia Sandu, who signed the country's EU accession request as early as
March, said the recommendation of the European Commission is an important
moment for the future of her state and the hope that all citizens need.
Maia Sandu: Romania has always been by our side. Our
relations today are at the highest level in the past 30 years. However, there
is still more to do but Romania's expertise and experience have been and will
continue to be very helpful to us.
In turn, Igor Grosu, the
president of the Legislature in Chisinau hasreiterated
the fact that the Republic of Moldova has constantly benefitted from
unconditional assistance from Romania.
Igor Grosu: "Over the years Romania has been a genuine
supporter of the Republic of Moldova and the range of cooperation has far
exceeded the traditional character of relations of good vicinity."
Grosu has also said the commitments assumed by the Republic of Moldova on the
reform of justice, fighting corruption and ensuring energy independence are
clear and will be met. Chișinău has been given assurances of all the support
Bucharest can provide for its European integration from the president of the
Romanian Senate, Florin Cîţu.
Florin Citu: "The future of the Republic of Moldova is in
the big European family. This is a fundamental desideratum for the Republic of
Moldova and Romania alike due to the past, values and ideals that unite us."
president of the Chamber of Deputies in Bucharest, Marcel Ciolacu, has also
given assurances that Romania will continue to stay together with the
neighboring state. He pleaded for joint actions between the two countries
especially for the benefit of their citizens.
Marcel Ciolacu: "The future we are building today must be together.
And those who want to separate us certainly don't work for the benefit of our
citizens. And this joint construction project starts right here in Chisinau."
support for the Republic of Moldova's European integration and the
consolidation of bilateral cooperation in all fields of activity has been
reiterated in a joint statement signed at the end of the aforementioned
Parliamentary session. In the document both states are firmly condemning the
aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine and are reiterating the
full support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of
Ukraine within its internationally-recognized borders.