Moldova—Support for Structured Policy Dialogue, Coordination of the Implementation of the Association Agreement, and Enhancement of the Legal Approximation Process

Client: European Union

Duration: 2020-2025

Region: Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Country: Moldova

Solutions: Governance

With the signing of the European Union (EU)-Moldova Association Agreement (AA) in 2016, which includes a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), Moldova opted for political association and economic integration with the EU. This AA/DCFTA was unprecedented and is expected to stimulate domestic reforms and to complete Moldova’s transition to a well-functioning market economy. Further implementation of the AA/DCFTA should bring Moldova the benefits of increased trade, integration into the EU single market, and institutional and socio-economic modernization.

The DAI-led technical assistance project works to increase the capacities of the Government of the Republic of Moldova and other key national institutions in implementing the EU-Republic of Moldova Association Agenda in line with the AA throughout all sectors. We are contributing to the acceleration of the AA/DCFTA implementation and making this process more participatory and transparent.

Drawing upon the best EU and international practices, our approach is focused on providing tailormade technical assistance to the central public authorities of Moldova involved in the AA monitoring and implementation: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, the State Chancellery; the Ministry of Finance; the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure; the Parliament; and the other key project target groups to comprehensively address its needs.

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Sample Activities

  • Enhance the structured policy dialogue with civil society and support the communication and awareness-raising on Association Agreement issues.
  • Improve policy development mechanisms for adequate budgeting of strategic documents as well as action plans related to the implementation of the Association Agreement.
  • Support the legal approximation process by providing technical expertise and capacity building.
  • Develop and upgrade the IT systems in national public administrations to support the implementation of the Association Agreement with the EU, including in terms of security and integrity.
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