Romania will continue to help the citizens of the Republic of Moldova, Romanian Ambassador to Moldova Marius Lazurca said on Thursday evening; the diplomat announced that 16,000 tons of fuel oil will be shipped to the Republic of Moldova's thermal power stations, the IPN portal informs.
After having sent in early March 100,000 tons of sugar to the Republic of Moldova, Romania is now preparing 20,000 food parcels of five kg each, to be handed out to this country's needy people, Lazurca said during a broadcast of TVR Moldova. The Romanian diplomat also voiced optimism about the 150 million euros loan the Bucharest government promised Chisinau, saying he was convinced that in the nearest future Moldova will be able to take out the first loan installment. "We have worked out a road map together. We are now at about the middle of this process. We see that the Republic of Moldova is fulfilling the undertaken commitments. One example is the appointment of the governor of the National Bank. Romania had required that the governor be appointed according to certain criteria, in a process as transparent as possible," said Lazurca.
President Klaus Iohannis last November sent back to Parliament for review the law on the reimbursable financial assistance to the Republic of Moldova, considering that it was not opportune because of uncertainties over the continuation of reforms in Chisinau and of the implementation of the Association Agreement with the EU. Meanwhile, a new government was installed in Chisinau, headed by democratic Premier Pavel Filip, who stated that reforms and the Association Agreement with the European Union will continue.
The Chamber of Deputies decided on Wednesday to reject President Iohannis's request for the review of the ratification of said loan agreement, and adopted the law with amendments. The final decision, however, is for the Senate to make.