|European Commission: DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR)
|SWD (2023) 32
Staff Working Document (SWD) published by the European Commission on 1 February 2023, reporting on the capacity of Moldova to assume the obligations of European Union (EU) membership.
This analytical report completes the Commission’s Opinion on Moldova’s application for membership of the EU in June 2022. It assesses the country’s overall capacity to uphold the obligations of membership, i.e., the full body of EU law as expressed in the Treaty, secondary legislation, and the EU’s policies (acquis of the European Union).
The analytical report is a structural assessment against the criteria set by the European Council in Copenhagen in 1993 and subsequent European Council conclusions. It builds on knowledge and experience gained from the EU’s cooperation with Moldova and Moldova’s answers to the detailed questionnaires it received in April 2022. The Association Agreement (AA), including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DFCTA) covers a substantial part of the EU acquis. The AA also provides a comprehensive institutional set-up for bilateral dialogue and for monitoring the process of gradual approximation of Moldova’s legislation with the EU acquis.
The analytical report focuses on Moldova’s alignment of its laws with the acquis in the 33 acquis chapters, except for areas that were covered in detail by the Opinion. Following the adoption of the revised enlargement methodology of the EU’s enlargement policy, the EU acquis is further structured around six thematic clusters. This report takes stock of the situation in June 2022, when the Commission published its Opinion.
This report was published by the European Commission on 1 February 2023.
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