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The Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Moldova, of the other part was signed on June 27, 2014 in Brussels, Belgium. The Agreement was ratified by the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova on July 2nd, 2014 and by the European Parliament on November 13, 2014.

The Association Agreement establishes a new legal framework for the advancement of relations between Moldova and the EU towards a higher quality level – political association and economic integration with the EU.

The Association Agreement (AA) is based on an innovative and ambitious approach, including the creation of a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement – DCFTA.

The Association Agreement includes binding provisions, regulatory norms and broader cooperation arrangements in all sectors of interest.

A special attention is given to the implementation and enforcement of the provisions of the Association Agreement, including setting clear deadlines and establishing institutional and administrative frameworks, thus, creating the prerequisites for an effective implementation.

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DETAILED TABLE OF CONTENT OF THE
ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT:

Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Moldova, of the other part

(Official signed text, published Official Journal, 30 August 2014)

Preamble PDF 1

Article 1 – Objectives PDF 4

TITLE I – GENERAL PRINCIPLES (Article 2) PDF 5

TITLE II – POLITICAL DIALOGUE AND REFORM, COOPERATION IN THE FIELD OF FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY (Articles 3-11) PDF 5

TITLE III – FREEDOM, SECURITY AND JUSTICE (Articles 12-20) PDF 8

Annex I – Commitments and Principles on Personal Data Protection PDF 154

TITLE IV – ECONOMIC & OTHER SECTORAL COOPERATION (Articles 21-142) PDF 11

Chapter 1 – Public Administration Reform (Articles 21-23) PDF 11

Chapter 2 – Economic Dialogue (Articles 24-26) PDF 11

Chapter 3 – Company Law, Accounting and Auditing and Corporate Governance (Articles 27-30) PDF 12

Annex II - Approximation List – Company Law, Accounting and Auditing, and Corporate Governance PDF 155

    - Company Law
    - Accounting & Auditing
    - Corporate Governance

Chapter 4 – Employment, Social Policy and Equal Opportunities (Articles 31-37) PDF 12

Annex III - Approximation List – Employment, Social Policy and Equal Opportunities PDF 158

    - Labour Law
    - Health and Safety at Work

Chapter 5 – Consumer Protection (Articles 38-40) PDF 14

Annex IV - Approximation List – Consumer Protection PDF 163

    - Product Safety
    - Marketing
    - Contract Law
    - Financial Services
    - Consumer Credit
    - Redress
    - Enforcement
    - Consumer Protection Cooperation

Chapter 6 – Statistics (Articles 41-46) PDF 14

Annex V - Approximation Requirements – Statistics PDF 166

- EU Statistical Requirements Compendium

Chapter 7 – Management of Public Finances: Budget Policy, Internal Control, Financial Inspection and External Audits (Articles 47-51) PDF 15

Chapter 8 – Taxation (Articles 52-57) PDF 17

Annex VI - Approximation List – Taxation PDF 167

    - Indirect Taxation
    - Tobacco
    - Alcohol

Chapter 9 – Financial Services (Articles 58-61) PDF 17

Annex XXVIII-A (Same Annex for DCFTA, Title V, Chapter 6, Section 5, Sub-Section 6 – Financial Services) – Approximation List PDF 403

Chapter 10 – Industrial and Enterprise Policy (Articles 62-64) PDF 18

Chapter 11 – Mining and Raw Materials (Articles 65-66) PDF 19

Chapter 12 – Agriculture and Rural Development (Articles 67-70) PDF 19

Annex VII - Approximation List – Agriculture & Rural Development PDF 170

    - Quality Policy
    - Organic Farming
    - Marketing Standards for Plants, Seeds of Plants, Products derived from Plants, Fruits and Vegetables
    - Marketing Standards for Live Animals & Animal Products

Chapter 13 – Fisheries & Maritime Policy (Articles 71-73) PDF 20

Chapter 14 – Energy Cooperation (Articles 74-79) PDF 21

Annex VIII - Approximation List – Energy Cooperation PDF 176

    - Electricity
    - Gas
    - Oil
    - Infrastructure
    - Prospection & Exploration of Hydrocarbons
    - Energy Efficiency
    - Renewable Energy

Chapter 15 – Transport (Articles 80-85) PDF 22

Annex IX - Strategic Transport Network PDF 180

Annex X - Approximation List – Transport PDF 182

    - Road Transport
    - Technical Conditions
    - Safety Conditions
    - Fiscal Conditions
    - Railway Transport
    - Market & Infrastructure Access
    - Technical & Safety Conditions, Interoperability
    - Combined Transport
    - Other Aspects
    - Air Transport
    - Inland Waterways Transport
    - Functioning of the Market
    - Access to the Profession
    - Safety
    - River Information Services

Annex XXVIII-D (Same Annex for DCFTA, Title V, Chapter 6, Section 5, Sub-Section 7 – Transport Services) PDF 413

    - Rules Applicable to International Maritime Transport (Approximation List)
    - Maritime Safety-Flag State/Classification Societies
    - Flag State
    - Port State Control
    - Vessel Traffic Monitoring
    - Accident Investigation
    - Liability of Carriers of Passengers
    - Technical & Operational Rules

    - Passenger Ships
    - Oil Tankers
    - Bulk Carriers
    - Crew
    - Environment
    - Technical Conditions
    - Social Conditions
    - Maritime Security

Chapter 16 – Environment (Articles 86-91) PDF 23

Annex XI - Approximation List – Environment PDF 187

    - Environmental Governance & Integration of Environment into other Policy Areas
    - Air Quality
    - Water Quality & Resource Management
    - Waste & Resource Management
    - Nature Protection
    - Industrial Pollution & Industrial Hazards
    - Chemicals

    Chapter 17 – Climate Action (Articles 92-97) PDF 24

Annex XII - Approximation List – Climate Action OJ PDF 201

- Climate Change & Protection of the Ozone Layer

Chapter 18 – Information Society (Articles 98-102) PDF 26

Annex XXVIII-B (Same Annex for DCFTA, Title V, Chapter 6, Section 5, Sub-Section 5 – Electronic Communication Networks & Services) PDF 409

- Rules Applicable to Telecommunication Services (Approximation List)

Chapter 19 – Tourism (Articles 103-105) PDF 26

Chapter 20 – Regional Development, Cross-Border and Regional Level Cooperation (Articles 107-112) PDF 27

Chapter 21 – Public Health (Articles 113-116) PDF 29

Annex XIII - Approximation List – Public Health PDF 203

    - Tobacco
    - Communicable Diseases
    - Blood
    - Organs, Tissues & Cells
    - Mental Health – Drug Dependence
    - Alcohol
    - Cancer
    - Prevention of Injury & Promotion of Safety

Chapter 22 – Civil Protection (Articles 117-121) PDF 29

Chapter 23 – Cooperation on Education, Training, Multilingualism, Youth and Sport (Articles 122-126) PDF 30

Chapter 24 – Cooperation in Research, Technological Development & Demonstration (Articles 127-128) PDF 31

Chapter 25 – Cooperation on Culture, Audio-Visual Policy and Media (Articles 130-133) PDF 32

Chapter 26 – Civil Society Cooperation (Articles 134-136) PDF 32

Chapter 27 – Cooperation in the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of the Child (Articles 137-139) PDF 33

Chapter 28 – Participation in Union Agencies and Programmes (Articles 140-142) PDF 34

Protocol I - On a Framework Agreement between the EU and RM on the General Principles for the Participation of RM in EU Programmes PDF 616

TITLE V – TRADE AND TRADE-RELATED MATTERS (DCFTA) (Articles 143-412) PDF 34

Chapter 1 – National Treatment and Market Access for Goods (Articles 143-157) PDF 34

Section 1 – Common Provisions (Articles 143-144) PDF 34

Protocol II –Concerning the Definition of the Concept of "Originating Products" & Methods of Administrative Cooperation (includes Annexes 1-4)PDF 618

Section 2 – Elimination of Customs Duties, Fees & Other Charges (Articles 145-151) PDF 35

Annex XIV – Elimination of Customs Duties PDF 207

Annex XIV-A – Products Subject to Annual Duty-Free Tariff-Rate Quotas (EU) PDF 208

Annex XIV-B – Products Subject to Entry Price for which the Ad Valorem Component of the Import Duty is Exempted (EU) PDF 209

Annex XIV-C – Products subject to Anti-Circumvention Mechanism (EU) PDF 210

Annex XIV-D – Schedule of Concessions (Moldova) PDF 221

Section 3 – Non-Tariff Measures (Article 152-153) PDF 37

Section 4 – Specific Provisions related to Goods (Article 154) PDF 37

Section 5 – Administrative Cooperation & Coordination with Other Countries (Articles 155-157) PDF 34

Protocol II –Concerning the Definition of the Concept of "Originating Products" & Methods of Administrative Cooperation (includes Annexes 1-4)PDF 618

Chapter 2 – Trade Remedies (Articles 158-169) PDF 39

Section 1 – Global Safeguard Measures (Articles 158-160) PDF 39

Section 2 – Anti-Dumping & Countervailing Measures (Articles 161-164) PDF 40

Section 3 – Bilateral Safeguard Measures (Articles 165-169) PDF 41

Chapter 3 – Technical Barriers to Trade, Standardisation, Metrology, Accreditation and Conformity Assessment (Articles 170-175) PDF 42

Annex XVI –Approximation List PDF 276

    - Horizontal legislative framework for marketing of goods
    - Legislation based on the new approach which provide for CE marking
    - Directives based on the new approach but which do not provide for CE marking
    - Cosmetic Products
    - Construction of Motor Vehicles (including agricultural & forestry tractors)
    - Chemicals
    - Pharmaceuticals

Chapter 4 – Sanitary & Phytosanitary Measures (Articles 176-191) PDF 44

Annex XVII – Coverage PDF 285

Annex XVII-A – SPS Measures PDF 286

Annex XVII-B – Animal Welfare Standards PDF 290
Annex XVII-C – Other Measures Covered by Chapter 4 PDF 291

Annex XVII-D – Measures to be included after approximation of legislation PDF 292

Annex XVIII – List of Notifiable Animal & Aquaculture Diseases & Regulated Pests for which Regional Freedom can be recognized PDF 293

Annex XVIII-A – Animal and Fish Diseases subject to Notifications, for which the status of the Parties is recognised and for which Regionalisation Decisions may be taken PDF 294

Annex XVIII-B – Recognition of the Pest Status, Pest-Free Areas or Protected Zones PDF 295

Annex XIX – Regionalisation/zoning, Pest-Free Areas and Protected Zones PDF 296

Annex XX – Provisional Approval of Establishments PDF 297

Annex XXI – Process of Recognition of Equivalence PDF 300

Annex XXII – Import Checks & Inspection Fees PDF 302

Annex XXIII – Certification PDF 305

Annex XXIV – Approximation PDF 307

Annex XXIV-A – Principles for Evaluation of Progress in Approximation Process PDF 308

Annex XXIV-B – List of EU Legislation to be Approximated PDF 311

Annex XXV – Status of Equivalence PDF 312

Chapter 5 – Customs & Trade Facilitation (Articles 192-201) PDF 54

Protocol II – Concerning the Definition of the Concept of "Originating Products" & Methods of Administrative Cooperation (includes Annexes 1-4) PDF 618

Protocol III – On Mutual Administrative Assistance in Customs Matters PDF 730

Annex XXVI – Approximation of Customs Legislation PDF 313

Chapter 6 – Establishment, Trade in Services & Electronic Commerce (Articles 202-263) PDF 59

Section 1 – General Provisions (Articles 202-203) PDF 59

Section 2 – Establishment (Articles 204-208) PDF 61

Annex XXVII-A – List of Reservations on Establishment (EU) PDF 316

Annex XXVII-E – List of Reservations on Establishment (RM) PDF 378

Section 3 – Cross Border Supply of Services (Articles 209-213) PDF 62

Annex XXVII-B –List of Commitments on Cross-Border Services (EU) PDF 330

Annex XXVII-F – List of Commitments on Cross-Border Services (RM) PDF 380

Section 4 – Temporary Presence of Natural Persons for Business Purposes (articles 214-218) PDF 64

Annex XXVII-C – List of Reservations on Key Personnel, Graduate Trainees & Business Sellers (EU) PDF 358

Annex XXVII-D – List of Reservations on Contractual Service Suppliers & Independent Professions (EU) PDF 372

Annex XXVII-G – List of List of Reservations on Key Personnel, Graduate Trainees & Business Sellers (RM) PDF 390

Annex XXVII-H – List of Reservations on Contractual Service Suppliers & Independent Professions (RM) PDF 392

Section 5 – Regulatory Framework (Articles 219-253) PDF 67

Sub-Section 1 – Domestic Regulation (Articles 219-221) PDF 67

Annex XXVII – Approximation PDF 402

Sub-Section 2 – Provisions of General Application (Articles 222-223) PDF 69

Sub-Section 3 – Computer Services (Article 224) PDF 70

Sub-Section 4 – Postal & Courier Services (Articles 225-23) PDF 71

Annex XXVIII-C – Approximation List (Postal & Courier Services) PDF 412

Sub-Section 5 – Electronic Communication Networks & Services (Articles 231-24) PDF 72

Annex XXVIII-B – Approximation List (Telecommunication Services) PDF 409

Sub-Section 6 – Financial Services (Articles 241-249) PDF 77

Annex XXVIII-A – Approximation List (Financial Services) PDF 403

Sub-Section 7 – Transport Services (Articles 250-253) PDF 80

Annex XXVIII-D – Approximation List (International Maritime Transport) PDF 413

Section 6 – Electronic Commerce (Articles 254-260) PDF 82

Sub-Section 1 – General Provisions (Articles 254-255) PDF 82

Sub-Section 2 – Liability of Intermediary Service Providers (Articles 256-260) PDF 83

Section 7 – Exceptions (Articles 261-263) PDF 85

Chapter 7 – Current Payments & Movement of Capital (Articles 264-267) PDF 86

Chapter 8 – Public Procurement (Articles 268-276) PDF 87

Annex XXIX-A – Thresholds PDF 417

Annex XXIX-B – Indicative Time Schedules of Institutional Reform, Legislative Approximation & Market Access PDF 418

Annex XXIX-C – Basic Elements of Directive 2004/18/EC – Coordination of Procedures for the Award of Public Works Contracts, Public Supply Contracts & Public Service Contracts PDF 419

Annex XXIX-D – Basic Elements of Council Directive 89/665/EEC, as amended by Directive 2007/66/EC – Application of Review Procedures to the Award of Public Supply and Public Works Contracts PDF 422

Annex XXIX-E – Basic Elements of Directive 2004/17/EC, as amended by Directive 2007/66/EC – Procurement Procedures of Entities Operating in the Water, Energy, Transport & Postal Service Sectors PDF 423

Annex XXIX-F – Basic Elements of Council Directive 92/13/EEC - Application of Community Rules on the Procurement Procedures of Entities Operating in the Water, Energy, Transport & Telecommunication Sectors PDF 426

Annex XXIX-G – Other Non-Mandatory Elements of Directive 2004/18/EC (Recommended for Approximation) PDF 427

Annex XXIX-H – Other Non-Mandatory Elements of Directive 2004/18/EC PDF 428

Annex XXIX-I – Other Elements of Directive 89/665/EEC, as amended by Directive 2007/66/EC PDF 430

Annex XXIX-J – Other Non-Mandatory Elements of Directive 2004/17/EC (Recommended for Approximation) PDF 431

Annex XXIX-K – Other Elements of Directive 92/13/EEC, as amended by Directive 2007/66/EC PDF 432

Annex XXIX-L – Provisions of Directive 2004/18/EC outside the scope of Approximation PDF 433

Annex XXIX-M – Provisions of Directive 2004/17/EC outside the scope of Approximation PDF 434

Annex XXIX-N – Provisions of Directive 89/665/EEC as amended by Directive 2007/66/EC outside the scope of Approximation PDF 436

Annex XXIX-O – Provisions of Directive 92/13/EEC as amended by Directive 2007/66/EC outside the scope of Approximation PDF 437

Annex XXIX-P – RM: Indicative List of Issues for Cooperation PDF 438

Chapter 9 – Intellectual Property Rights (Articles 277-317) PDF 91

Section 1 – General Provisions & Principles (Articles 277-278) PDF 91

Section 2 – Standards Concerning Intellectual Property Rights (Articles 230-317) PDF 92

Sub-Section 1 – Copyrights & Related Rights (Articles 280-291) PDF 92

Sub-Section 2 – Trademarks (Articles 292-295) PDF 96

Sub-Section 3 – Geographical Indications (Articles 296-306) PDF 96

Annex XXX – Geographical Indications PDF 439

Annex XXX-A – Elements for Registration and Control of Geographical Indications as referred to in Article 297(1) and (2) PDF 440

Annex XXX-B – Criteria to be included in the Objection Procedure for Products referred to in Article 297(3) and 297(4) PDF 441

Annex XXX-C – Geographical Indications of Products as referred to in Article 297(3) and 297(4) PDF 442

Annex XXX-D –Geographical Indications of Products as referred to in Article 297)3) and 297(4) PDF 482

Sub-Section 4 – Designs (Articles 307-311) PDF 101

Sub-Section 5 – Patents (Articles 312-317) PDF 102

Section 3 – Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (Articles 318-332) PDF 104

Sub-Section 1 – Civil Enforcement (Articles 320-329) PDF 105

Sub-Section 2 – Other Provisions (Articles 330-332) PDF 107

Chapter 10 – Competition (Articles 333-344) PDF 109

Section 1 – Antitrust & Mergers (Articles 333-338) PDF 109

Section 2 – State Aid (Articles 339-344) PDF 111

Chapter 11 – Trade Related Energy (Articles 345-354) PDF 112

Annex XXXI – Early Warning Mechanism PDF 735

Chapter 12 – Transparency (Articles 355-362) PDF 115

Chapter 13 – Trade & Sustainable Development (Articles 363-379) PDF 117

Chapter 14 – Dispute Settlement (Articles 380-406) PDF 123

Section 1 – Objective & Scope (Articles 380-381) PDF 123

Section 2 – Consultations & Mediation (Articles 382-383) PDF 124

Annex XXXII – Mediation Mechanism PDF 604

Section 3 – Dispute Settlement (Articles 384-403) PDF 124

Sub-Section 1 – Arbitration Procedure (Articles 384-389) PDF 124

Annex XXXIII – Rules of Procedure for Dispute Settlement PDF 608

Annex XXXIV – Code of Conduct for Arbitrators & Mediators PDF 613

Sub-Section 2 – Compliance (Articles 390-395) PDF 127

Sub-Section 3 – Common Provisions (Articles 396-403) PDF 129

Section 4 – General Provisions (Articles 404-406) PDF 131

Chapter 15 – General Provisions of Approximation under Title V (Articles 407-412) PDF 132

TITLE VI – FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, AND ANTI-FRAUD & CONTROL PROVISIONS (Articles 413-432) PDF 134

Chapter 1 – Financial Assistance (Articles 413-419) PDF 134

Chapter 2 – Anti-Fraud & Control Provisions (Articles 420-432) PDF 135

Protocol IV – Definitions PDF 735

Annex XXXV – Approximation List – Anti-Fraud & Control Provisions PDF 615

TITLE VII – INSTITUTIONAL, GENERAL & FINAL PROVISIONS (Articles 433-465) PDF 138

Chapter 1 – Institutional Framework (Article 433-443) PDF 138

Chapter 2 – General and Final Provisions (Articles 444-465) PDF 141

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