Full entry into force of the Association Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova. European Commision.01.07.2016
Today, the Association Agreement (AA) between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova fully enters into force.
Today, the Association Agreement (AA) between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova fully enters into force. The Association Agreement aims to deepen political and economic relations between the EU and the Republic of Moldova. It also creates a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA). The Agreement offers Moldova a framework for boosting trade and economic growth through improved access to the EU market for its products and services and by comprehensively approximating its trade-related laws and regulations to Union standards. If implemented fully, it will facilitate Moldova's progressive integration with the EU single market.
The High Representative/Vice-President, Federica Mogherini said: "I look forward to closer ties between the EU and the Republic of Moldova as a result of this Agreement entering fully into force. Together with the implementation of reforms in the country, the agreement has the potential to help changing the lives of Moldovans for the better, to bring jobs, growth and stability.
EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn said: During the provisional application of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement we were pleased to already see some concrete results. Moldova's exports to the EU have increased, and the EU has confirmed its position as a first trade partner of Moldova. Now, fundamental changes in political and economic governance need to take place, so Moldovans can see real change. We are looking forward to real reforms on the rule of law, justice, the independence of institutions from political pressure and on economic development. The EU is making available substantial assistance to support the implementation of the country's reform agenda.
Under the Association Agreement, Moldova has committed to ambitious structural reforms in key areas, such as democracy, good governance, rule of law, human rights, foreign and security policy, trade and economic development. Increased cooperation on energy, transport, environmental protection, industrial cooperation, social development and protection, equal opportunities, consumer protection education, and youth and cultural cooperation is also foreseen.
Since 1 September 2014, substantial parts of the agreement have been provisionally applied. This period has seen an increase in Moldovan exports to the European Union. A number of Moldovan products have thrived on the EU market: Sales of preserved vegetables to the EU have increased by 455% since 2014; exports of Moldovan preserved fruits and nuts have grown by 228% while chestnut sales have gone up by 290% in the same period. We have also seen progress on reforms, with a large number of laws adopted.
But the Association Agreement can do more for Moldova, and crucially, for Moldovan citizens. For the benefits highlighted by the High Representative and the Commissioner to be fully evident, it is not enough to just adopt additional laws. These also need to be consistently implemented and enforced. More needs to be done in order to effectively address corruption and improve governance. An outline of short- and medium-term reform priorities for the period 2017-2020 (an updated version of the so-called Association Agenda for 2014 to 2016) is currently under preparation.
Source: European Commison: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-2368_en.htm
Eastern Partnership Youth: seminar in Chisinau to gather representatives from across the EaP. 05.06.2015
Participants from all Eastern Partnership countries will take part in a two-day regional seminar organised by the EU funded Eastern Partnership Youth Regional Unit (EPYRU), in Chisinau on June 8-9.
The seminar will bring together representatives from youth-related Ministries and youth coordinating organizations of all the Eastern Partnership countries, as well as regional experts on cross-sectoral approaches on employment and health issues.
An EU-funded Technical Assistance Project funded by the EU in Moldova as part of its Economic Stimulation in Rural Area Budget Support Programme (ESRA BSP) supporting SME business development since 2010, has come to an end, having brought together Moldovan officials in a closing conference last week.
The Programme and Technical Assistance Project have played "a key role in the economic development of Moldova’s rural economy", said Ambassador Pirkka Tapiola, Head of the EU Delegation to Moldova.
The programme has allocated over 3,200 individual business development grants, supported over 1,600 new and existing rural business, created close to 10,000 new jobs in the rural economy and created a network of eight Rural Business Incubators.
Moldova: raising awareness on benefits of DCFTA and Association Agreement to civil society 18.05.2015.
The EU-funded project 'Civil Society. Dialogue for Progress' is supporting two awareness-raising initiatives as part of its multi-stakeholder dialogue in Moldova, with the aim of promoting and explaining the implementation of the Association Agreement (AA) and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA).
President of the European Council Donald Tusk held talks with Moldovan leaders in Chisinau today, stressing the EU would "remain a strong friend and supporter of Moldova" and that "a successful reform process will benefit the country and its people".
During his meeting with President Nicolae Timofti, they discussed the implementation of the Association Agreement, saying the significant increase in trade in 2014 was a sign that things were moving in the right direction.
"At the same time, more needs to be done to advance reforms in a way that makes a real change. Also for ordinary citizens. We discussed the need to reform the justice system and fight corruption as two priority areas in this respect."
Tusk also met Prime Minister Chiril Gaburici, saying the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area between Moldova and the EU would "create unprecedented opportunities for Moldovan businesses, boost investment and create new jobs". (EU Neighbourhood Info)
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