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Bilateral relations between the Republic of Moldova and Ireland

Diplomatic relations

Ireland recognized the independence of the Republic of Moldova on 31 December 1991 and established diplomatic relations on 13 July 1999.

Diplomatic representation

Ambassador of Ireland to the Republic of Moldova, based in Bucharest, is Mr. John Morahan who presented his Letters of Credence on 16 December 2008.

Currently, Acting Head of Mission accredited to Ireland is Mrs. Ala Beleavschi, Counsellor of the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova in London.

Official Visits

To the Republic of Moldova:

  • November 2003 – Mr Brian Cowen T.D., Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ireland (on the occasion of the 113th Session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe)
  • December 2003 – Mr. Dick Roche T.D., Minister of State for European Affairs of the Republic of Ireland

To Ireland:

  • December 2006 – Mrs. Zinaida Greceanîi, Deputy Prime-minister of the Republic of Moldova
  • November 2007 – Mr. Valeriu Ostalep, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova

Legal framework

Protocol on the establishment of diplomatic relations signed on 30.09.1999.

Convention between the Republic of Moldova and Ireland on the avoidance of double taxation and tax evasion on income and capital, signed in Chişinău on 28 May 2009 and entered into force on 22 April 2010.

Multilateral cooperation

The Republic of Moldova and Ireland develop good cooperation in the framework of international organisations such as UN, OSCE and others.

Trade and investment

Trade with Ireland in 2009 (not including data on trade conducted by businesses from the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova) amounted to 3,37 mln. USD. Against 2008, trade decreased by 38,62% as a result of a drop in both imports and exports with this country. At the same time, the 1st Quarter of 2010 shows a positive trend in trade with Ireland with a total of 0,811 mln. USD, which against the same period of 2009 increased by 131,05 % due to growing imports from Ireland.

Irish investments in the Republic of Moldova

According to the National Statistics Bureau, as at October 2009, there were 19 joint-stock companies with Irish social capital operating in Moldova, totaling 34,966 million Moldovan lei.

Technical assistance

Irish assistance to the Republic of Moldova, offered through the Development Cooperation Division of the DFA (Irish Aid), is estimated at 400,000 EURO. Projects of social and humanitarian assistance aim especially at alleviating poverty, inequality and social exclusion. The Irish Government offers assistance to the Irish non-governmental organization Outreach Moldova that supports two orphanages: in Chişinău (109 boys and girls) and in Hînceşti (for 330 girls and young women with disabilities). In 2006, Irish assistance has been increased to 500 000 Euro. At present, technical assistance is granted to Moldova through regional projects.

Special notifications

Visas are required for Moldovan citizens travelling to Ireland for all types of passports.

Updated: May 2010