Joint Press Statement

Teodor Baconschi, Vlad Filat
Signing of the Treaty between Romania and the Republic of Moldova on State Border Regime, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance in Border Matters


Teodor Baconschi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania:

“Good evening. I would first like to welcome Mr. Vlad Filat to our Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Secondly, I would like to express my satisfaction with the smooth process of negotiation for this predominantly technical document on the border regime, and over the rules by which we are going to jointly manage the border between our states. This Treaty comes to complete a package designed to update the bilateral legal framework which already contains fifteen other documents, among them the Treaty on Local Border Traffic.

This proves that the two Governments, involved together in this process of reform and advance of the Republic of Moldova towards the European Union, can work together and bring concrete results. Ever since Romania was the first state to recognize the independence and sovereignty of the Republic of Moldova, this may be the first time have we managed to achieve so many things in such a short period of time.

I am convinced that that firm encouragement stated today by the President of the European Commission, Mr. Barroso, can only inspire us further, so the bilateral relationship remain irreversibly rooted in this European logic. What we wish to see is the Republic of Moldova following this course and we also wish to see this border gradually fade away – when all the conditions are met – and become an internal border of the European Union. Thank you once again; you have the floor.”


Vlad Filat, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova:

“Your Excellency, Mr. Minister, I would like to thank you for this day, a day heavy with significance for the Republic of Moldova in particular.

 The signing of this Treaty is actually the final stage of our work this year; in fact work on the Treaty started in 2003, and really began when we agreed that in our relationship we would rely on proposed goals and the openness required for their implementation. I would like to tell you that I, too, have looked at what we have achieved over this period of time, namely the 15 Agreements that were signed and which are going to benefit the citizens of the Republic of Moldova once implemented.

This document is obviously being signed in a European context and will bring in European rules. We look to the coming period with a feeling of great responsibility, and this is also in view of the fact that Romania is to join the Schengen Area very soon, and management of the Schengen Area border presupposes responsibility, security and an effective administration.

And there is one more thing I would like to say: this year we had a very clear demonstration that when one is honest in one’s actions, when the things one proposes to do are in the best interest of the citizens, then it is possible to achieve them. And I would like to thank you, Mr. Minister, for the way you have managed things and for the fact that we have come to achieve so many important things for the citizens of our countries. I would like to assure you that the Republic of Moldova will continue to be a sincere partner, a partner that assumes commitments and, very importantly, keeps its promises. Thank you.”