European Union

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Development partner

European Union

Development/ Implementation agency

EuropeAid/European Commission

Contact details

EU Delegation,
12 Kogalniceanu Street,
MD 2001, Chisinau,
Tel : (+373 22) 50 52 10
Fax: (+373 22) 27 26 22
Email: Delegation-Moldova@eeas.europa.eu
http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/moldova/index_en.htm

Legal framework for cooperation

The EU and the Republic of Moldova (RM) initiated negotiations on the Moldova-EU Association Agreement (AA) in Chisinau on January 12, 2010. On November 29, 2013, at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, the Association Agreement was initialled Republic of Moldova - European Union. On 27 June 2014, the EU-Moldova Association Agreement was signed in Brussels and on July 2, 2014 - ratified by the Moldovan Parliament.


The Association Agreement is to replace the EU-Moldova Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA), which entered into force in July 1998 and was the framework for EU-Moldova relations. The framework introduced by the PCA entered into force in 2005 with the European Neighborhood Policy Action Plan which included important elements for closer collaboration such as common ownership, differentiation, added value, prioritization and monitoring.

Implemented programmes

Before 2016 the Republic of Moldova was eligible for participation in the following programs:

 

  • Joint Operational Program Romania - Ukraine - Moldova 2007-2013 (EUR 126.7 million, 3 participating States) extended until 31 December 2019.

  • Joint Operational Program for the Black Sea Region 2007-2013 (€ 35 million, 8 participating states).

  • Transnational Co-operation Program for Southeastern Europe 2007-2013 (€ 2 million for Moldovan beneficiaries).

Under these programs, the Moldovan institutions participated in 180 projects and managed to engage about 40 million Euros.


New programs are:

  • Romania-Moldova cross-border cooperation program 2014-2020 (81 million Euros for beneficiaries from the entire territory of the Republic of Moldova and the counties: Botosani, Iasi, Vaslui, Galati, minimum co-financing to be ensured: 10%).

  • Black Sea Border Cross-Border Cooperation Program 2014-2020 (49 M Euro from ENI + IPA, 8 Participating States, 10% minimum co-financing).

  • Danube Transnational Program 2014-2020 (5 million Euro for Moldovan beneficiaries, 15 participating countries, minimum 15% co-financing).

  • It is worth mentioning that, according to the provisions of the program documents, the National Authority for Program Coordination is the State Chancellery.


In 2017, on 19th of July, the Government adopted the Decision on the approval of the Regulation on the implementation of the Cross-border and Transnational Cooperation Programs for the period 2014-2020.

Priority sectors/Areas of cooperation

At the moment, the annual programming of EU external assistance is part of the Single Assistance Framework for Moldova 2014-2017, which is one of the EU instruments to support the implementation of the Association Agenda, with a budget of up to EUR 410 million, of which about 60% of the committed amount is budgetary support.


The main pillars of the Single Assistance Framework for Moldova 2014-2017 are:
(I) Public Administration Reform;
(II) Agriculture and Rural Development;
(III) Police Reform and Border Management.
Considering that the 2014-2017 Single Moldova Support Framework expires in 2017, the EU Delegation, together with the State Chancellery, has launched an advisory process to prioritize the next country strategy with the EU.

Other EU instruments support the Republic of Moldova in the following areas:
(IV) Cross-border cooperation;
(V) Justice and home affairs;
(VI) Energy and Environment;
(VII) Democracy and human rights;
(VIII) Education.

Types of funds / financial instruments and assistance modalities

Grants
Technical Assistance/Twinning
Budget support
Supplies and works contracts
Micro-Financial Assistance

Procedures for programming, approval and implementation of projects

Projects to be financed are defined during the elaboration of the Multi-Annual National Indicative Programme based on the Country Strategy Paper and Annual Action Programmes. The Government of Moldova is actively involved in the preparation of the both documents and also in drafting of project documents.

Special conditions for submission of project proposals and project acceptability criteria

Project concept proposed for financing from the EU funding has to fulfill the following criteria:Activities, measures and/or conditions which have to be performed or fulfilled have to be clearly defined.Objectives, expressed in the project proposal, must relate to the priorities contained in the EU-RM strategic documents.The project concept should encompass shortcomings, positive experiences and recommendations from the previously implemented projects, as well as other performed activities and efforts in the field.It should describe current and planned donors’ activities in the field.There has to be a logical connection between objectives, results and activities. Project proposal should touch upon the cross-cutting issues, i.e. environmental protection, cross-border cooperation, social and cultural development, efficient management and gender equality.Budget breakdown to be shown for each of the activities foreseen in the project proposal. Project co-financing from the national budget to be specified as necessary.

Other information

The European Union remains the absolute leader in Moldova's non-reimbursable financial assistance since the beginning of the cooperation with the Republic of Moldova, providing over EUR 900 million in the form of a grant.


In 2016, 145 projects with a total budget of over 654 million euros were under development with EU assistance.
The EU is actively involved in supporting the development of the socio-economic environment in the RM, especially in rural areas and less economically developed areas, and contributes to the development of financial, commercial and administrative management policies, civil society development, agriculture, SMEs, a significant contribution to the field of education and training.


EU-funded projects are implemented after the tender procedure has been carried out in accordance with the EU Financial Regulations (Practical Guide to EC Contracts for External Actions - PRAG).

Relevant docments

23 03 2015 Financing Agreement between the EU and the RM on ENPARD

29.01.2015 MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEE~THE REPUBLIC OF MOlLDOV A AND THE EUROPEAN UNION REGARDING THE SINGLE SUPPORT FRAMEWORK FOR ED SUPPORT TO THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA (2014-2017)  

12.01.2015 DCFTA Agreement  

04.11.2014 Support to Public Finance Policy Reforms in Moldova (PFPR)  

08.10.2014 ADDENDUM 2 TO THE FINANCING AGREEMENT For the Programme "Sector Policy Support Programme in the water sector ENPI AAP 2009"  

17.07.2014 FA between EU and RM on Support to the Implementation of the VLAP  

17.07.2014 FA between EU and the RM on Support to the implementation of the Vocational Education Training Strategy  

17.07.2014 FA between EU and RM on Confidence Building Measures (NAP 2013)  

17.07.2014 Addendum No. 1 between EU and RM on Energy and Biomass Project  

17.07.2014 Addendum No. 1 in the support of the current and new agreements between the EU and RM (NAP 2012)  

07.07.2014 Addendum 2 to FA between EU and RM on Sector Policy Support Programme on ESRA