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The first European Joint Development Cooperation Strategy (Joint Programming Document) serves as a key reference for planning future EU assistance to the Republic of Moldova by presenting a consolidated view of development priorities agreed amongst European donors. This Joint Strategy reflects the revised European Neighbourhood Policy, the Association Agenda 2017-2019 and Eastern Partnership Priorities and is aligned with the Republic of Moldova's National Development Strategy.
European development partners in particular highlighted that the assistance should focus on delivering tangible and visible results for citizens and should involve all stakeholders, civil society and the private sector. European development partners underlined their expectation that their commitments made to support the Republic of Moldova should be mirrored by comparable commitments from Moldovan side. It was also underlined that assistance shall continue to be subject of strict conditionality which will be regularly monitored and evaluated.
The Joint Strategy is the result of a collective work of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Moldova and the EU Member States and Switzerland. The Joint Strategy represents the second phase of the Joint Programming process in the Republic of Moldova and builds on the Joint Analysis that was presented to the Government of the Republic of Moldova in October 2016.
Taking this into account, the Joint Strategy is structured around four broad areas of intervention encompassing the common strategic objectives of the EU, EU Member States and Switzerland and is aligned with the recently adopted EU-Moldova Single Support Framework 2017-2020:
1. Economic development and market opportunities including sustainable and inclusive economic growth, social protection and health
2. Strengthening institutions and good governance including the Rule of Law and Security
3. Connectivity, energy efficiency, environment and climate change
4. Mobility and people-to-people contacts including support to the Visa Liberalisation benchmarks and to education, training and research.
There are also three cross-cutting priorities: civil society, gender equality and strategic communication.
The Joint Strategy integrates the programming priorities of the EU and its Member States and Switzerland, following their commitment to strengthening the efficiency, coherence, transparency, predictability and visibility of the external assistance of the EU and its Member States. The Joint Strategy aims to provide an overview of the joint strategic approach taken by the EU, its Member States and Switzerland. As such, it aims to be a useful tool for the authorities in the Republic of Moldova, partners and stakeholders, for the benefit of Moldovan citizens.
There are at least 18 European donors active in the Republic of Moldova providing the majority of assistance to the country.
For more information - Delegation of the EU to the Republic of Moldova: http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/moldova/index_en.htm