Moldova’s Success Story – The Visa-Free Regime with the EU One Year On

It has been a year since Moldovan citizens with biometric passports can travel to the European Union visa-free. Visa liberalisation is a largest success of the Eastern Parthership so far. Although it raised concerns of irregular migration or significant inflow of asylum seekers, nothing of it happend and all available data proove, that a visa-free regime functions smoothly.

The example of Moldova shows, that Ukraine’s and Georgia’s main challenge: separatist regions, is not impossible to overcome.

On the eve of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, we present to you a policy paper: „Moldova’s success story. The visa-free regime with the EU one year on”, prepared by experts of the Stefan Batory Foundation (Warsaw) and the Institute of World Policy (Kyiv).

We are sure, that Moldovan success is a great argument in favour of visa facilitation and liberalisation with further Eastern Partnership countries.

Main Findings:

  • The visa-free regime for Moldova, which has been in place since 28th April 2014, has not caused increased irregular migration from Moldova
  • Its influence on the number of asylum seekers remained moderate and insignificant in comparison to other 3rd countries
  • The functioning of the visa-free regime between Moldova and the EU has been assessed positively by EU institutions, as well as the governments of interviewed Member States and Moldova
  • The visa liberalisation process, focused on adopting and implementing a series of systemic reforms proved its effectiveness
  • The example of Moldova is, to great extent, comparable to Georgia and Ukraine. Consequently, visa liberalisation is recommended for Ukraine and Georgia, after the fulfilment of the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan.

The whole document you can find here: Moldova success story – policy paper

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