Romania Offers Citizenship to 1 M Moldavians

The Romanian President Traian Basescu has asked the Romanian government to amend relevant legislation in order to “speed up and facilitate the process of restoring Romanian citizenship to those who have lost it, and to their families, until the third degree”. Basescu said that in this way “the Romanians from the Republic of Moldova would quickly restore their Romanian citizenship and would become, not from a moral, but a legal point of view, members of the European family”. It is estimated that the measure will apply to up to 1 million Moldavians.

Moldova will become a state where one part of the population has also Russian citizenship (in the Transnistria region), while another part has also Romanian citizenship, which means EU citizenship as well.

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