Delegation to the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee : EP resolutions

Implementation of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement 

The European Parliament adopted by 396 votes to 76, with 18 abstentions, a resolution on the implementation of the EU Association Agreement with Moldova.

While stressing the importance of the AA/DCFTA and the progress achieved by Moldova to date in a number of areas, Members insisted, however, that full implementation of the AA/DCFTA, with regard, in particular, to political reforms, must be a top priority, enabling a further deepening of the country's relations with the EU, for the benefit of all Moldovan citizens.

Members are concerned the country is backsliding in relations to democratic standards, rule of law, lack of fair and transparent elections as well as impartial judiciary, insufficient anti-corruption and anti-money laundering efforts. Still, they praises those leading the efforts, which should be pursued, to reform the banking sector following the 2014 bank fraud of USD 1 billion.[...]


The political crisis in Modova following the invalidiation of the mayoral elections 

The European Parliament adopted by 343 votes to 35 with 160 abstentions, a resolution on the political crisis in Moldova following the invalidation of the mayoral elections in Chișinău.[...].

European Parliament called on the Moldovan authorities to:

  • reform the judicial system, including nominating new judges, so as to prevent the judiciary from intervening in the electoral and political process or in any other way undermining the democratically expressed will of the people of Moldova;
  • make determined efforts to recover the funds stolen as a result of the 2014 banking fraud during which a total of around USD 1 billion was stolen from the Moldovan financial system, and bring those responsible to justice, irrespective of their political affiliation;
  • address the recommendations of the OSCE/ODIHR and the Venice Commission on electoral reform;
  • respect international principles and best practices and guarantee an enabling environment for civil society.

Legislative resolution - providing Moldova with macro-financial assistance, July 2017 

The European Parliament adopted its position on the Commission proposal granting macro-financial assistance of a maximum amount of EUR 100 million to the Republic of Moldova. Parliament underlines that this assistance shall support the restoration of a sustainable external financing situation for Moldova, supporting its economic and social development. It shall support Moldova's commitment to values shared with the Union [...].

The precondition's fulfillment and the objectives achievement will be monitored by the Commission and the European External Action Service. If these are not met, or if the aims/principles of the Association Agreement are disregarded, the Commission shall temporarily suspend/cancel the Union's macro-financial assistance. Moldova shall inform the Commission about the implementation of the assistance with full disclosure and strict compliance with Union financial rules.

Association Agreements Free Trade Areas with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine 

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on Association Agreements/Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas (DCFTAs) with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

It stressed that the setting-up of bilateral DCFTAs with Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova is a crucial tool for modern, transparent and predictable trade, regulatory approximation and gradual economic integration of the partners into the EU internal market.

It also reiterated the importance of integrating civil society into policy-making and reform processes.

The resolution furthermore entails an assessment of the state of play of reforms in each of the three Association country.

Members also stressed that, pursuant to Article 49 of the Treaty on European Union, any European state may apply to become a member of the EU provided it adheres to the principles of democracy, respects fundamental freedoms and human and minority rights, and ensures the rule of law.

Autonomous trade preferences for the Republic of Moldova 

The European Parliament adopted by 551 votes to 67, with 23 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation (EC) No 55/2008 introducing autonomous trade preferences for the Republic of Moldova.

Parliament adopted its position at first reading without making amendments to the Commission proposal.

The proposal sought to further liberalise imports of certain products of the fruit and vegetables sector from Moldova into the EU. In order to support the efforts of Moldova in accordance with the objectives set out in the European Neighbourhood Policy, the Eastern Partnership and the Association Agreement signed between Moldova and the EU on 27 June 2014, the amended regulation introduced three new duty free tariff quotas for fresh apples, fresh table grapes and fresh plums.

Conclusion of an Association agreement between the EU and the Republic of Moldova 

The European Parliament adopted a non-legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement.

Parliament recalled that the conclusion of the Association Agreement is not an end in itself, but is part of a broader process of enhancing the European perspective of Moldova. It stated that in the last few years, thanks to the political determination of its government, Moldova has made significant progress in reforms and in strengthening relations with the EU, and recalled that the Agreement is for the benefit of the whole population.

Association agreement between the EU and the Republic of Moldova 

The European Parliament adopted by 535 votes to 94, with 44 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Moldova, of the other part.

Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the Agreement.