Monday, June 6, 2022

Romania’s lower house speaker on a visit to Moldova

Romania’s lower house speaker Marcel Ciolacu arrives in the Republic of Moldova for talks with Moldovan counterpart Igor Grosu on Monday. Mr Ciolacu is also expected to meet Moldovan President Maia Sandu and Prime Minister Natalia Gavriliță during the day. The visit in capital Kishinev is designed to underscore the Romanian support of Moldova’s efforts to join the EU. The EU and Moldova enjoy close ties as EU is currently the country’s largest trading partner. On March 3 this year, Moldova submitted a formal application for European Union membership, a decision that followed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Romania’s support of Ukrainian refugees

Romanian government is expected to adopt a national plan this week establishing a clear status for Ukrainian refugees wishing to stay in Romania. The Romanian cabinet already hold talks on the matter at a meeting last week. More than 1 million Ukrainians came into Romania since the start of the Russian invasion while some 90,000 decided to stay in the country. However, just over 2,000 Ukrainians found jobs while others feared they would run out of resources. Romanian government intends to offer support for refugees’ further integration – learning Romanian, finding a job and getting access to education for Ukrainian children. Romania is second only to Poland in the number of Ukrainian refugees who have crossed its border.

Romanian government’s aid for people in need

The first aid package of RON 250 is expected to reach the people in need no later than June 20-24. The announcement was made by Marcel Boloș, the Romanian Minister of European Investments and Projects, on Monday. No application is required, the minister pointed out. A bank card will be delivered by mail along with terms of use. Three rounds of RON 250 aid for people in need are scheduled by the end of the year. Further decisions on the matter will be made by mid-July, Mr. Boloș said.

Alexandru Danga