floarea soareluistemă naţională a Moldoveifloarea soarelui

Political dialogue RM—UE

Since 2009 the EU-Moldova political dialogue considerably deepened. Moldova managed to ensure a consistent “track record” in implementation of reforms, aiming at strengthening the rule of law and improving the business climate. EU supports the reform process in the Republic of Moldova by means of financial assistance and on the field experts.

The new Programme of the Government of the Republic of Moldova, approved on 14 January 2011, lays down the following European integration priorities:

  • Active involvement of the society, all  political forces and relevant external actors in order to transform  the Republic of Moldova in a truly European state with a clear perspective for the accession to the EU.
  • Adoption and promotion of European norms and values in all fields, and fulfilment of the Council of European commitments.  
  • Creation of adequate conditions for the political and economic integration into the EU, by signing the Association Agreement and in line with the objectives of the Eastern Partnership.
  • Negotiation and implementation of the DCFTA with the EU;
  • Ensuring a visa free regime in the EU for the Moldovan citizens, by full implementation of the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan;
  • Implementation of the EU-Moldova Mobility Partnership;
  • Harmonisation of the national legislation with the EU aquis, in the context of the Association Agreement and other EU-Moldova relevant agreements;
  • Strengthening the legal and institutional framework in order to promote the European integration;
  • To fully use the opportunities offered by the Eastern Partnership;
  • Ensure the energy security of the country by EU instruments, aiming at integration into the European energy market;
  • Development and implementation internal and external communication strategies.

Throughout the year regular meetings of EU and Moldovan high officials are taking place within the framework of regular of political dialogue meetings and on the occasions of mutual visits. The first visit to the Republic of Moldova of HE Baroness Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-president of the European Commission was organised on 4th March 2011.

Moldova is actively cooperating with the EU on regional and international issues, and joined the EU CFSP declarations open for alignment. Additionally, Moldova submitted a request to start negotiations on the Framework Agreement for the participation at the EU CSDP Missions.

EU takes an important role in the transnistrean conflict settlement process and contributes to the implementation of the confidence building measures. Since 2011, Miroslav Lajcak, Managing Director within EEAS was appointed as the new EU representative in the 5+2 format.

The EU-Moldova dialogue is also maintained by informal formats. For instance, on 25 January 2010 an informal Group of European Action for the Republic of Moldova was initiated by France and Romania at the level of EU Foreign ministers and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European integration of the Republic of Moldova. The meetings are organised regularly at least twice a year. On 30 September 2010 it was for the first time when the meeting was organised in the Republic of Moldova.  Moreover, in September 2010 a study visit of the EU COEST Group was organised to the Republic of Moldova.