In order to accelerate the Republic of Moldova’s political association and economic integration with the EU, and in line with the EU's Eastern Partnership policy, the EU and the Republic of Moldova have entered negotiations on an Association Agreement. The Association Agreement is a concrete way to exploit the very positive dynamics in EU-Moldova relations, focusing on support to core reforms, on economic recovery, governance, sector co-operation and far-reaching liberalisation of Moldova’s trade with the EU.
The Association Agreement can also be seen as a reform agenda for Moldova, based around a comprehensive programme of regulatory approximation, around which Moldova’s assistance partners can align themselves and focus their assistance. Negotiations on the Association Agreement, as the successor agreement to the Partnership & Cooperation Agreement (PCA), were launched in Chisinau on 12 January 2010. In February 2012 the negotiations on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) as a core element of the Association Agreement were launched.
Several negotiating Rounds have followed, alternately in Brussels and Chisinau (see: 1st Joint Progress Report [20 KB], 2nd Joint Progress Report [206 KB] and 3rd Joint Progress Report [106 KB] . The fourteenth negotiating round on the Association Agreement took place on 14/15 March 2013 in Brussels back to back with the sixth DCFTA negotiating round.