More than 1.2 million Moldovans will enjoy a simplified border crossing regime with Romania within an area of up to 50 km of the frontier under the Convention on Small-Scale Border Traffic signed by Vlad Filat and his Romanian counterpart Emil Boc in Bucharest last week.
In a news conference held to sum up the results of the visit to Bucharest during November 13-14, Vlad Filat provided details stated in the agreement.
According to Filat, the Moldovan people that want to travel to Romania will apply for a free border crossing permit at the Romanian embassies and consulates in Moldova. The permit will be valid for 2 to 5 years. “Therefore, we insist that the Romanian general consulates in Balti and Cahul be opened as soon as possible,” the Premier said.
The Convention covers 1.220 million people from 369 communes and 651 villages in 18 districts, including the Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia. It will take effect 30 days after the performance of the internal procedures.
Vlad Filat said in Bucharest they also discussed the possibility of Romania opening a consulate in Ungheni. He added that a group of specialists of the Moldovan foreign ministry will travel to Iasi next week to select a building for the Moldovan consulate there.