Romanian Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu Friday voiced support for Moldova's accession to the European Union (EU), saying that Romania wants its neighboring country to be as close as possible to the bloc.
Tariceanu made the statement after meeting with his Moldovan counterpart Vasile Tarlev in the Moldovan city of Chisinau. The two leaders discussed the possibility of establishing a development and cooperation fund aimed at financing Moldova's economic infrastructure and cultural projects.
The Romanian leader also urged his fellow businessmen to invest more in Moldova to help its economy, so it can meet EU economic accession standards at an earlier date.
Moldovan PM Tarlev welcomed any kind of assistance to help it join the EU bloc early. Bilateral trade and economic cooperation between the two countries have been increasing in the past two years, Tarlev said, and he was quite optimistic that they would become more dynamic in the future.
During his one-day short visit, Tariceanu will also meet Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin.