The EU is developing an increasingly close relationship with Moldova, going beyond co-operation, to gradual economic integration and a deepening of political co-operation.
Moldova is a partner country within the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). A joint EU-Moldova ENP Action Plan [121 KB] lays out the strategic objectives based on commitments to shared values and effective implementation of political, economic and institutional reforms.
The EU-Moldova ENP Action Plan is based on the Partnership & Cooperation Agreement (PCA) and encourages and supports Moldova’s objective of further integration into European economic and social structures.
The EU and the Republic of Moldova are currently negotiating an Association Agreement to succeed the PCA. This Association Agreement will significantly deepen Moldova’s political association and economic integration with the EU. The objective is to start negotiations on a deep and comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), a core element of the Association Agreement, as soon as Moldova is deemed to be ready to sustain the impact of far-reaching liberalisation of its trade with the EU.
EU-Republic of Moldova visa facilitation and readmission agreements entered into force in January 2008 and a wider Mobility Partnership was signed in June 2008. In June 2010 a visa dialogue opened, examining conditions for visa-free travel of Moldovan citizens to the EU as a long-term goal.
Since 2010, the Republic of Moldova is a full member of the Energy Community Treaty.
See also: EU-Moldova Association Agreement