On last September 20th, H. E. Mr. Ștefan Gorda, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Moldova to the Republic of Bulgaria, and his wife, Ms. Lydia Gorda, gave a reception on the occasion of the National Day of Moldova in the "Marinela Sofia" Hotel.

On August 27th, 1991, the Moldovan Parliament accepted the Declaration of Independence and on this date the Moldovans are celebrating their Independence Day.

In his greeting speech to the guests, H. E. Mr. Ștefan Gorda stressed that this year marks 26 years of independence, but also 25 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Bulgaria and Moldova. "We all live in a challenging and complex world that inspires brave and transforming steps. This environment requires strong partnerships involving all stakeholders - governments, civil society, regional and international organizations. Both Moldova and Bulgaria have committed themselves to the Sustainable Development Programme by 2030 to guarantee their people a world of universal respect for human rights and human dignity, the rule of law, justice and equality. It is equally important to take effective measures in accordance with the international law, in order to prevent conflicts and to support the parties after a conflict...“

The Ambassador also said that after signing the Association Agreement with the European Union, Moldova has applied modern technical regulations and has adopted over 14,000 European and international standards. Moldovan companies have shifted to the EU market and now their export share is about 65%. In 2016, Moldova signed an Agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), providing the necessary framework for investment. Last year the country saw an economic growth of 4%, and this year it is estimated to be 4.5%.

The ambassador stressed that 5 presidents of Bulgaria and 5 full-time and 3 temporary Moldovan presidents, 15 Bulgarian governments and 19 Moldovan governments, 16 Bulgarian foreign ministers and 11 Moldovan have contributed to the strengthening of the diplomatic relations between our countries during the past 25 years. "Now Moldova is looking forward with great interest to the visits of the Vice President Iliana Yotova and the Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva, as well as, the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which will be another opportunity not only for the Republic of Bulgaria but also for the Republic of Moldova and other countries of the Eastern Partnership." Of course, the Ambassador also has reminded the 65,000 ethnic Bulgarians living in Moldova who are enjoying all the civil and political rights.

On the Bulgarian side, a greeting speech to the guests has been addressed by the Vice-President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mrs. IlianaYotova. She emphasized the bilateral relations, the Bulgarian support for the accession of Moldova to the EU, as well as, the ethnic Bulgarians living in the country.

On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of the Bulgarian-Moldovan diplomatic relations, the Ambassador, on behalf of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, awarded Diplomas of first degree to Eng. Veselin Chipev, Honorary Consul of Moldova in Plovdiv, for his contribution to the development of the economic and cultural relations, and to Mrs. Rumyana Nacheva, Director of the International Competition for Young Performers of Popular Song "Silver Yantra" in VelikoTarnovo and as an active participant in the Jury of the Two Twin Hearts Festival in Moldova, aimed at promoting young talents.

The Moldovan star Lydia Isaac took care of the reception atmosphere. She has acquired considerable popularity from her participation in the Eurovision, but she has grabbed its first international award at the Silver Yantra Festival.

Photos have been provided by the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova in the Republic of Bulgaria.

On the photo above: Vice-President of the Republic of Bulgaria Mrs. Iliana
Yotova and H. E. Mr. Ștefan Gorda

In the first line: welcoming the guests; awarding of the Diplomas to Eng. Veselin
Chipev and Mrs. Rumyana Nacheva; cutting the cake with Mr. Yury B. Sterk, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

In the second line: H. E. Mr. Ștefan Gorda with guests at the reception