Newsflash RRI – November 22

NATO – Romania will host for the first time, on November 29th and 30th, a meeting of the NATO foreign ministers. The meeting will have 4 sessions, focusing on the implementation of the Madrid Summit decisions, on the war in Ukraine, on energy security and partners. Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, Georgia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, as well as Finland and Sweden, were invited to attend. It is for the first time that the Republic of Moldova takes part in a NATO ministerial meeting. In fact, in this summer’s summit in Madrid, NATO leaders announced measures to support Moldova, Georgia and Bosnia-Herzegovina in the current security context in Europe. The foreign ministers of the 3 countries are expected to discuss in Bucharest means to strengthen their defence and resilience capabilities. The foreign minister of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, is also scheduled to attend the meeting in Bucharest.

AID – Romania, France and Germany have agreed on a new aid instalment to help the Republic of Moldova cope with the energy crisis this winter. Officials of the 3 countries convened in Paris for the 3rd ministerial conference of the Moldova Support Platform, initiated by Bucharest, Berlin and Paris this spring. Moldova is to receive another EUR 100 mln in international support to handle the consequences of the war in Ukraine, including the energy crisis and the refugee inflow, and also to carry on the reforms initiated in order to join the EU, the president of France, Emmanuel Macron announced. The Romanian foreign minister said Romania intends to pay a first instalment of EUR 25 mln by the end of this year, intended for the implementation of projects in education, regional development, and public utility services.