Bucharest - Romania on Tuesday pledged its neighbour Moldova 102 million euros (135 million dollars) in development aid, chiefly for transportation and education infrastructure projects.The aid pledge was signed at the start of a two-day visit to Bucharest by visiting interim Moldovan President Mihai Ghimpu, who is also his country's speaker of parliament.
In talks, Ghimpu and his Romanian counterpart Traian Basescu stressed their aim to cooperate in helping Moldova enter closer ties with the European Union in a framework accord.Ghimpu, supported by a pro-West and reform-oriented governing coalition called the European Integration Alliance, is serving as president only in interim capacity because the last presidential election in Moldova failed to produce a majority outcome.
In Bucharest, Ghimpu stressed that he favoured a change to the constitution to simplify his country's presidential election system and threby contribute to more political stability.
Also on Tuesday, the two countries concluded agreements on protecting military secrets, on environmental protection, education, social security, and agriculture.In a speech to Romanian parliament, Ghimpu said he hoped the EU would help in achieving a solution to the Transnistria problem which has been simmering for almost 20 years. The Transnistria region, after breaking away from Moldova, is now controlled by Russia.