Moldova is one of the three Eastern Partnership countries implementing an Association Agreement/Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) with the European Union. An EU macrofinancial assistance program has recently been approved for the country through the end of 2018.
All payments are strictly conditional on the respect by Moldovan authorities of democratic mechanisms, including a multiparty political system, rule of law, and human rights—and more specifically on progress towards improving governance; ensuring free, independent, and pluralistic media; and strengthening the independence of the judiciary. The first disbursement of assistance is still under review by the European Commission and the European External Action Service.
In the run-up to the next EU–Moldova Association Council in April, this expert discussion will provide an assessment of Moldova’s implementation of the Association Agreement/DCFTA, outlining recent developments, challenges, and outstanding issues in the areas of rule of law, functioning of democratic institutions, and economic and financial sustainability.
- Alexei Buzu is cochair of the EU–Moldova Civil Society Platform and executive director of the “Partnership for Development” Center.
- Petru Macovei is national facilitator at the National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum and executive director of the Association for Independent Press.
- Adrian Lupușor is the executive director of Expert-Grup.
- Iuliana Catarangiu is executive director of the National Environmental Center.
- Iulian Groza is executive director of the Institute for European Policies and Reforms.
- Iskra Kirova (moderator) is senior policy analyst at the Open Society European Policy Institute.