Geo-politics in today's Romania

geo-politics in today's romania Bucharest - Chisinau, a special bi-lateral relationship

Neighbouring Republic of Moldova is a former Soviet republic, with a predominantly-Romanian-speaking population. The Republic of Moldova gained its independence 30 years ago. Notwithstanding, Moldova is still searching for a better future for its citizens. The number of its citizens is dwindling by the year; Moldovans have been opting for leaving the country to relocate to Western Europe, in the hopes they will find a better live there. It is the dismal aftermath of the policy decision-makers in Chisinau have been implementing for a number of years. Such a policy caused a great number of problems, mostly economic. However, a fresh breath of hope for the better has been recently provided by Maia Sandu's gaining accession to power. She is a reformist, pro-European president, dead set on implementing a thoroughgoing series of modern reforms for the state and its institutions. And the chances to achieve that are all the greater as the recently-instated government in Chisinau is literally fine-tuned in its bid to work with the president. The parliament, for its part, is also dominated by a majority that also offers its backing for Maia Sandu's reformist endeavour. And at that, the high-ranking authorities in Bucharest have been quick to offer their unconditional support to the Republic of Moldova. Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu has recently been a guest on a Romanian state-run TV program. While on the show, Minister Aurescu recalled that on July 23rd this year, he was the first EU high-ranking official to have been on a visit to Chisinau, on the sidelines of Maia Sandu's winning the early parliamentary election. Aurescu also stated he held talks with officials on the Republic of Moldova for the bi-lateral cooperation to be relaunched. Foreign Affairs Minister Aurescu also stated, QUOTE, All we have done this year, and let me remind you that last year, the first head of state to have visited the Republic of Moldova when Maia Sandu won the election was Romania's president Klaus Iohannis, all that we did this year was to try, immediately after the snap election that brought to power the new pro-reform, pro-European majority, to support the reformist efforts, UNQUOTE.

We can say we have reached a point where the priorities of the bi-lateral agenda can no longer be overlooked and we have noticed there already has been a mutual interest on the part of the elites, and not only on the part of citizens, as in effect, for a long time citizens somehow had been ahead of the authorities, as for various reasons the latter failed to cooperate and were unable to materialize all those tendencies populations living on both banks of Prut river have always had. It is the assessment provided by former presidential adviser in Chisinau, Vlad Turcanu, in a Radio Romania program.

Vlad Turcanu:

"The authorities in Chisinau have initiated, as of this autumn, once with the snap election on July 11 and once a new government was instated, sweeping reforms in all the fields of activity, practically, and they are aware that, without the contribution of such friend states as Romania, that is not going to be easy at all. Take, for instance, the gas crisis, about which we can say it has already ended, even though we can still speak about lingering setback issues. But in those days of uncertainty, a great many things mattered, for the atmosphere in Chisinau and for the safety of the political endeavour in Chisinau, like the support signals sent from Bucharest and other European capital cities. And, from my point of view, it is no mean feat to be aware of the fact that, in the event of a force majeure circumstance, you can receive natural gas from Romania through a gas line, built with the help of Romania, whose contribution to that was significant. In the Republic of Moldova, there are many vulnerabilities, in the energy system, in the IT or the security systems, which Republic of Moldova's foes will never cease to capitalize on. Such categories of risk, which for long have been ignored, will resurface, and the expertise Romania holds in those as well as in other fields will be extremely useful for the transformations we have initiated here, in the Republic of Moldova."

Republic of Moldova's pro-European government has been instated with a wide majority of parliamentary votes in favour, 63 in 101. The government will have to prove it is capable of implementing the reforms it pledged it would carry through, Vlad Turcanu also said. The former presidential adviser went on to say that, as Republic of Moldova emerges out of the isolation that has been introduced in recent years, several projects are beginning to take shape, a clear example for the Republic of Moldova moving in the European direction and being also set to solve all those problems that have accrued. And at that, Romania's help is very important. 

Vlad Turcanu:

"The lines of cooperation are quite a few. Romania's and Republic of Moldova's Foreign Affairs Ministers have signed a roadmap on the priority cooperation areas, the education ministers in turn signed an agreement on the mutual recognition of diplomas, certificates and scientific titles. But the most important element on the infrastructure agenda is Republic of Moldova' s being reconnected to the EU electricity system. Because it is here that one of the vulnerabilities lies, that I was speaking about. The Republic of Moldova has been contracting electric energy from the Cuciurgan Power Plant, built on the left bank of River Dniester on the territory of the unrecognized Dniester Republic. And that, for Republic of Moldova, has been a major setback all the time, because it had to be extremely careful with its relationship with the Russian federation, lest they find themselves cut off from the power grid, completely."

Republic of Moldova's roadmap is extremely specific. It focuses on each and every field of interest for the bilateral relation. The document was signed as part of Maia Sandu's recent visit to Bucharest this year, against the backdrop of the three-decade anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations. The document seeks to implement everything required for meeting a series of major set targets for the following period. Such targets pertain to the stimulation of Republic of Moldova's European Integration and to a deeper interconnection of Republic of Moldova's with European Union area. Also, the economic and social development will be stimulated, so that Moldovan citizens can benefit from truly European standards with respect to everything related to life, society, administration and the justice system. And, last but not the least, the document stipulates the mutual desire to strengthen the two states' common provinces of language, culture and history.

(Translation by Eugen Nasta)
Publicat: 2021-12-03 02:00:00
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