Association Implementation Report on Moldova

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Series Details SWD(2019)325
Publication Date 11/09/2019
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Staff Working Document published by the European Commission on 11 September 2019, reporting on the state of play of the commitments of Moldova under the Association Agreement signed with the European Union (EU).

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In line with the revised European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), this report sets out the state of play of the commitments of Moldova under the EU-Moldova Association Agreement since the last meeting of the EU-Moldova Association Council and ahead of its next meeting. This report serves as the basis for the review of the Association Agenda.

The report states that, following the change of government in June 2019, the country moved resolutely with the implementation of key reforms aimed at addressing the deterioration of democratic standards and the rule of law. The document shows that, while reforms in the economic and banking sector advanced during 2018, the fundamental structural reforms of the judicial system, the fight against corruption, the prosecution of the 2014 banking fraud and ensuring media plurality lagged behind.

In late 2018, international stakeholders noted a backsliding in the rule of law and democracy situation. In light of these developments, the European Union decided to put on hold payments on budget support and macro financial assistance as well as recalibrated and reduced further financial support.

The new Government that came to power in June 2019 committed to a strengthened and consistent implementation of the Association Agreement and adopted a number of programmes focussed on the most urgent reforms and took significant steps. In response, the Commission resumed budget support assistance and signed three further financing agreements.

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RFE/RL, 12/09/2019: EU: Moldova Moving 'Resolutely' Forward With Key Reforms

European Commission: Press Release, 12/09/2019: EU report: the Republic of Moldova moved forward with key reforms

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