Shadow Report no.1. On the Action Plan for the implementation of the steps proposed by the European Commission in its Opinion on Moldova’s EU membership application

13 April 2023


On 23 June 2022, the Republic of Moldova obtained the European Union (EU) candidate country status. The EU decision was based on the favourable opinion of the European Commission, after the evaluation of the completed questionnaire, in the context of the accession application submitted by the Republic of Moldova in March 2022. The first report of the European Commission on the progress made by the Republic of Moldova in the EU enlargement policy will be published in autumn 2023.

The answers to the EU questionnaire were also supplemented with the input of Moldovan experts from the diaspora and civil society. IPRE, Expert-Group, and CRJM, in collaboration with the Soros Moldova Foundation, within the #ThinkTanks4EUMembership initiative, contributed to the preparation of the Republic of Moldova’s answers to the EU Questionnaire.

In April 2022, the National Commission for European Integration (NCEI) was established. Chaired by the President of the Republic of Moldova, the Commission is an inclusive platform that brings together members of the Government, parliamentarians, representatives of civil society and local authorities, which ensures the strategic coordination of the European integration process. On 4 August 2022, NCEI approved the Action Plan for the implementation of the measures proposed by the European Commission in its Opinion on the Republic of Moldova’s EU membership application (hereinafter the Action Plan).

In this context, IPRE, Expert-Group and CRJM, as part of the #ThinkTanks4EUMembership initiative, in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation have started a process of monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the 9 recommendations of the European Commission.

The results of the monitoring exercise are reflected in the #MoldovaEUCandidateCheck Monitoring Table available online here:

The main findings regarding the progress, constraints, and priorities recommended for each of the 9 commitments undertaken by the Republic of Moldova are reflected in this Report, which presents the developments from 1 July 2022 to 31 March 2023.

In July 2023, the assessments reflected in Report #1 and the #MoldovaEUCandidateCheck Monitoring Table will be reviewed and updated to reflect the final evaluations, given that the deadline for fulfilling the 9 commitments is June 2023, when the European Commission will initiate the elaboration of the first report within the EU Enlargement Package, which will be published in the autumn of this year.

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