Posted on 14.06.2012 in Featured, Moldova, News

Second round of Moldova-EU free trade agreement talks starts in Brussels

The second round of talks on the signing of a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between Moldova and the European Union is held in Brussels this week.

The negotiations are held by the Moldovan and European delegations led by Deputy Economics Minister Octavian Calmac and the head of the EU Commission’s Trade Department, Luc Devigne respectively, the information and media communication department of the Economics Ministry has said.

In line with the mandate of negotiations approved by the National Commission for EU Integration, the talks focused on the completion of the juridical texts in each field of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement. Proceeding from the stances of the institutions involved in the talks, the sides will introduce a string of sectoral specifications.

The negotiations are held in 13 sectoral sub-groups, as follows: access of goods and services on the market, energy and infrastructure s quality, sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures, facilitating the trade and customs administration, intellectual property, public acquisitions, competition, sustainable development, origin rules and tools for trade defence. A representative of the Transnistrian region participates in the talks as observer, at the official invitation of the Moldovan government.

At the same time, Moldova will inform the EU commission about the continuous adjustment of the national legislation to the acquis communautaire and on the harmonization of the institutional framework with the EU standards.

The first round of talks on the signing of a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between Moldova and the European Union was held in Chisinau on 19-23 March. Among the main objectives was the consolidation of the negotiators team, the organization of debates in each additional field of the agreement and the elaboration of juridical texts of the project on the creation of a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area between Moldova and the EU.

Source: Moldpres