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Parliamentary questions
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9 February 2016
Question for written answer E-001168-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ivan Jakovčić (ALDE)

 Subject:  Autonomous Trade Preferences and Transnistria
 Answer in writing 

In the wake of the crisis which has been ongoing since 2013, Transnistria is now facing the threat of economic catastrophe. The disastrous economic situation poses a direct threat to stability in the region and is creating tensions within society.

The EU regulation on Autonomous Trade Preferences (ATP), which is the result of the Association Agreement that Moldova signed with the EU in June 2014, has expired. An integral part of the Association Agreement is the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), which will replace the ATP. Some regulations under the DCFTA have been in use since September 2014 in Moldova; however, they are not applicable to Transnistria.

Thanks to the ATP, enterprises operating in Transnistria have exported goods to EU Member States with the benefit of customs preferences. This means that since the beginning of 2016 Transnistria’s industry has become less attractive and will probably lose a considerable share of the EU market, which receives 35% of Transnistria’s current production.

— Does the EU intend to sign any new agreement aimed at favouring the attractiveness of Transnistrian industry?

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