The Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU could be an opportunity to organise a summit in Iasi, where to invite the countries part of the Eastern Partnership, alongside the EU and EC leaders, Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration of the Republic of Moldova Iurie Leanca stated on Monday in Cluj.
While attending a conference on Monday organised by the "Babes-Bolyai" University (UBB) in Cluj-Napoca, Iurie Leanca voiced confidence that Romania will maintain on the European agenda everything that is related to the Republic of Moldova.
"The Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU represents an opportunity. Our big problem is that in the first two-three months we will be in electoral campaign, so that Romania won't be able to do so much in the immediate run, from an operational point of view. But what I am sure, and the discussions that I had in Bucharest with many dignitaries, starting with the President of the country, the Foreign Affairs Minister, the Prime Minister, make me confident that the Republic of Moldova issue, and the East in general, will be maintained on the agenda by Romania. (...) I have discussed the idea of a summit, before the one in Sibiu, for instance in Iasi or in any other city in Eastern Romania, where to invite the countries of the Eastern Partnership, or at least the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia, alongside the EU and EC leaders," said Leanca.
He believes that the idea of organising a summit like this can take the model of Bulgaria, which, one day before the summit in Sofia, invited to talks the leaders of the Western Balkans.
Iurie Leanca believes that the EU's, Germany's and France's policy with respect to the Republic of Moldova depends on the manner in which Romania will understand to approach in Brussels the Moldovan topic.
Deputy PM for European Integration of the Republic of Moldova Iurie Leanca participated on Monday in the conference "the Republic of Moldova - Romania relations in European context," alongside Vasile Puscas, the former chief-negotiator of Romania with the EU. The conference took place at the Faculty of Economic Studies of the UBB. AGERPRES .