WEDNESDAY, April 21, 2021


Romania committed to support the European course of the Republic of Moldova

Romania reaffirms its support for the European course of the Republic of Moldova and remains its most important partner. These are the main conclusions of the meetings on Tuesday in Bucharest by the President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, with senior Romanian officials. Maia Sandu returned from Brussels, where the Council of Europe’s action plan for the Republic of Moldova was launched, whose roadmap has the fight against corruption and justice reform as main priorities. „The new action plan reaffirms the commitment of the Republic of Moldova for a deep cooperation with the Council of Europe and our intention to continue the transformation of the country. For 26 years, The Council of Europe has been for us a reliable partner, a guardian of European values and standards, a host for open and sincere debates. This relationship is vital to us. The fight against corruption and the reform of justice are the main priorities of the new roadmap and these are also my basic priorities in the Republic of Moldova”, said Maia Sandu. President Sandu had a meeting at the Cotroceni Palace with the president of Romania, Klaus Iohannis. President Iohannis underlined that Bucharest will continue to support the European course of the Republic of Moldova, but also the reform agenda promoted by the Chisinau authorities. Romanian Prime Minister Florin Cîțu also had a meeting with Maia Sandu, and the main topic of discussion was the vaccination campaign. Romania remains the most important partner of the Republic of Moldova and its citizens, said Prime Minister Cîţu and added that the neighboring country will continue to receive vaccines and medical equipment from Romania.

Romania accelerates the COVID-19 vaccination campaign

The vaccination campaign continues at a fast pace in Romania, and the Romanian authorities aim to accelerate the pace of vaccination even more. An important transport of 750,000 Pfizer doses will arrive in Romania next week. Almost 89,000 people were immunized on Tuesday, and several mobile centers will be opened, where Romanians will be vaccinated with Moderna doses on Wednesday. Romanian Prime Minister Florin Cîțu proposed that big companies should set up vaccination centers at their headquarters, where the employees and their families could be vaccinated. Moreover, these centers will also help the communities in which they are located, Florin Cîțu added. „In those communities where there is no vaccination center, but there is this vaccination center at the respective companies, those in the community can be vaccinated, and we will take care that the logistics allow this,” said Prime Minister Cîţu. Another way to increase the vaccination rate is telephone scheduling or going directly to the vaccination center for scheduling, also said Romanian Prime Minister.

Restrictions in the HoReCa industry can only be lifted after enough employees are vaccinated

The restrictions in the hospitality industry in Romania will be able to be lifted only when a consistent proportion of the employees in this sector are vaccinated, underlined the Romanian Prime Minister Florin Cîţu on Monday, after several meetings with the representatives of the business environment, hospitality industry, NGOs and patient associations. Representatives of the HoReCa sector called for restaurants and hotels to reopen immediately after Easter holiday, and not on June 1, as Prime Minister Cîţu previous announced. „In our opinion, restaurants, hotels should be able to reopen after Easter and every economic operator to be able to say: ‘We can have a 100% openness, if everyone is vaccinated.’ This is the interest of everyone, and of consumers, but also of economic operators „, said the president of the National Council of Small and Medium Private Enterprises in Romania, Florin Jianu.

Magda Baciu