Posted on 27.12.2011 in Featured, Moldova, News

First round of talks on free trade area between Moldova and EU in February

The first round of negotiations on the creation of DCFTA (Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement) between Moldova and the EU has been lounched officialy in Brussels on December 12th, 2011.

On behalf of the EC the meeting was attended by the European Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht, the MFA of the Republic of Poland, Radoslaw Sikorski, as the Polish presidency representative..The Moldovian delegation was composed of The Prime Minister – Vlad Filat, Deputy Foreign and European Integration Minister Natalia Gherman, Deputy Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Viorel Gutu and Deputy Economics Minister Octavian Calmic.

The sides discussed the short-time action plan, including in the context of the forthcoming EU commissioner’s visit to Chisinau, due in January 2012.

Prime Minister Vlad Filat and the European Commissioner for Trade Karel de Gucht

Presently, the government of Moldova is taking steps on deepening the cooperation with EU by implementing the national reforms and recomendations set, given by the European Commission.

“It is a much awaited event for Moldova, which had required enhanced efforts. Thus, we implemented a range of needed reforms, in line with the recommendations issued by the European Commission in November 2010. We have intensively cooperated with our partners in Brussels. For instance, in 2011 Moldova set forth four comprehensive progress reports on the measures taken at the domestic level. For Moldova, the launch of the talks and the subsequent creation of a Free Trade Area, is not only a step forward on the EU integration path, but also a good way to press ahead with the country’s modernization and development in line with the principles of a viable and prosperous market economy.” – said Filat.

The first round of negotiations on the creation of the free trade area between Moldova and the European Union will take place in Chisinau on February 27th, 2012 – announced the Deputy Foreign and European Integration Minister Natalia Gherman at a conference summing up the Foreign and European Integration Ministry’s (MAEIE) activity in 2011.

“We managed to assert ourselves as a state aspirant to join the EU, to deepen and extend the bilateral relations with more states, achieve several goals in terms of security and consolidate efforts to create a transparent and professional diplomatic system.” – said the Minister Iurie Leanca.

The minister also referred to Moldova’s foreign policy priorities for 2012. The main purposes for the next yearwill be to extend the partnership ties with India, Japan, South Korea, Turkey and other states. The minister assumend that, by late 2012, the Moldovan citizens will be able to enjoy a visa free regime in the EU.

Source: Moldpres, allmoldova