REC Executive Director and Moldovan Ambassador discuss present and future involvement
On Tuesday, June 20, 2017, REC Executive Director Mihail Dimovski was welcomed at the Embassy of Moldova in Budapest, where he met with H.E. Oleg Tulea, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Moldova to Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Representative of Moldova to the Danube Commission.
There were four main objectives to be accomplished at the meeting:
- to present the operational activity of the REC, and to provide an outline of projects and programmes that the REC has implemented in Moldova;
- to discuss Moldova’s REC membership—i.e. steps fulfilled so far, remaining actions;
- to reach an understanding of the geographical and thematic priorities of the Government of Moldova; and
- to agree on further concrete steps for cooperation, and the need for follow-up discussion.
From 1999 to the present, the REC has been implementing projects in Moldova that support sustainable development, representing total investment of nearly EUR 10 million. These projects have been carried out with the financial support of a wide range of resource partners, such as the Government of Sweden, the Government of Austria, and the European Commission. The biggest programmes implemented thus far in Moldova cover the areas of: smart cities and mobility; climate change; water management; education for sustainable development; local and participatory governance, and law enforcement.
Status of bilateral agreement
On November 14, 2016, the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Moldova officially announced to the REC the intent of the Government of Moldova to become a fully-fledged member state of the REC through the signing of the REC Charter and International Agreement. The process of the joining the REC has since been initiated by the Ministry of Environment of Moldova, and internal governmental procedures are currently underway.
Following this constructive meeting, both parties remain committed to working together, and the REC is making plans to visit key institutions in Moldova in the near future.