Policy Brief 4/2021 – 2021 EaP Summit: Reviving and Advancing Moldova’s European Integration

8 September 2021

Author: Emil BURINSCHI, young research fellow at the Institute for European Policies and Reforms (IPRE) and Programme Management Intern at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna.

In light of the recent Association Trio demarche and the appointment of the pro-reform Gavriliță Government, Moldovan expectations from the upcoming EaP Summit refer to enhancing the existing framework of relations with the EU, going beyond political association and economic integration. Considering the announcement by the European Commission of the €600 million Economic Recovery Plan for Moldova, together with the formalization of a new EU-Moldova Association Agenda, one expects a positive incremental effect on bilateral cooperation providing for the impetus to explore new avenues for Moldova’s European integration process.

This policy brief provides a list of recommendations to support Moldova’s European path in the context of the next EaP targets, building on the existing results, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing internal and external challenges, both in the EU and in the EaP countries. These proposals can secure their envisioned benefits, sustainable economic development, strengthened resilience and security environment and enhance the regional cooperation among the Association Trio and with the EU.

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