A DCFTA workshop entitled "Right of Establishment and Cross-Border Services" took place on 5 April 2017 and was organized by the EU-funded project "Support to the DCFTA process in the Republic of Moldova" for the Ministry of Economy DCFTA Working Group, other public authorities and law firms.
This workshop presented the DCFTA provisions in Title V, Chapter 6 of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement, focusing on the essence of the Right of Establishment and the right to provide cross-border services. The importance of these two rights for market liberalization were discussed together with the possible limitations and exceptions which are allowed.
The experts, Veronica Bradăuţanu, Irina Tolstousov and Irina Vlasov, provided an overview of the right of establishment and cross-border services and discussed the key definitions and limitations on the establishment of branches, subsidiaries and representative offices.
Moreover, the experts focused on the methodology for identifying restrictions on these two rights in current Moldovan law and provided options and suggestions for possible amendments to Moldovan laws.
Chapter 6 of the Association Agreement (DCFTA) states that EU legal persons who wish to establish subsidiaries, branches and representative offices in Moldova will receive the same treatment as Moldovan law provides to Moldovan legal persons wishing to establish subsidiaries, branches and representative offices in Moldova (right of establishment). It also states that EU service suppliers who wish to provide services in Moldova will receive the same treatment as Moldovan law provides to Moldovan services suppliers. Both of these rights may be restricted only if specific exceptions are applicable.