The EU-funded project "Visibility and Communication for AA/DCFTA” is being finalized through an international conference.

The EU-funded project
Sursa foto: DCFTA.MD

4 July 2019, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova – The Deputy Head of the EU Delegation, Chargé d'affaires a.i., Mrs. Urszula Pałłasz, and the Minister of Economy and Infrastructure, Mr. Vadim Brînzan, participated today in the Closing Conference of the EU-funded project "Visibility and Communication for the Implementation of the Association Agreement/Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (AA/DCFTA) within the framework of EU-funded assistance programmes".

The Project finalised its activities today through an international conference called “Implementation of the DCFTA Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova. 5 Years: Regional perspectives and the steps to follow”.

The event included the participation of international experts from Berlin Economics GmbH, Germany, Expert-Grup, Republic of Moldova, and the Institute for Economic Research and Political Consultation, Ukraine, who presented the results of a Comparative study on the economic impact of DCFTA in the Republic Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine and the recommendations on the steps to be undertaken in the implementation of the DCFTA during the next period.

The two-year project "Visibility and Communication for AA/DCFTA” (September 2017 - August 2019), having the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure as key beneficiary, had the following objectives: to implement public awareness campaigns to promote the benefits of the Association Agreement/Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (AA/DCFTA) to support the full participation and implementation of AA/DCFTA; dissemination of specific and useful information regarding the needs of companies/exporters/small and medium-sized enterprises/entrepreneurs regarding the implementation of AA/DCFTA. Among the project results are:

  • Organisation of an itinerant campaign named "Info Business: Ask the Expert" aiming at providing practical and specific business support information regarding the modality to capitalise on opportunities offered by DCFTA and the way to overcome the challenges in this respect.
  • An "online news bureau" within the EU4Business.md/dcfta platform to provide objective news about DCFTA, resources for journalists, entrepreneurs and the general public on the implementation of the DCFTA between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova;
  • 3 national information campaigns under the slogan "Created in Moldova, appreciated worldwide" and a series of successful examples to inspire businesses and the general public about DCFTA in practical terms - new opportunities, investments, jobs, better quality of life, products and services for all citizens.
  • Over 40 events throughout the Republic of Moldova, including practical training sessions for businesses from different sectors of the economy about the steps needed to take advantage of DCFTA benefits.

More information on the activities carried out by the Project can be found in the summary attached to this press release.

"We are celebrating the five-year anniversary of the Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement implementation in the Republic of Moldova.  Over the last two years, we have been implementing the "AA / DCFTA Visibility and Communication" project. It helped the broad public in the Republic of Moldova to better understand the opportunities that the DCFTA has already brought and which it can still bring to the economy and - more importantly - to the citizens of the country. The project has succeeded in bringing this very complex economic agreement closer to the citizens, both entrepreneurs and consumers, providing consistent information for businesses, as well as providing successful examples which speak for themselves – how the DCFTA contributes to a better quality of live. "Creat în Moldova, apreciat în lume" is a reality on which we have to continue working, to untap the great and still unused potential of this ambitious agreement, the implementation of which we will continue to support." said Urszula PAŁŁASZ, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation, Chargé d'affaires a.i. . 

"The European Union's support for communicating the opportunities generated by the DCFTA is particularly important in order to capitalise fully on the Free Trade Agreement. Communication is essential to enable an environment in the Republic of Moldova to accelerate the implementation process. The International Conference “Implementation of the DCFTA Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova. 5 Years: Regional perspectives and the steps to follow” organised at the end of the Project is a great opportunity to share regional experiences on DCFTA implementation as well as to share recommendations for an even more effective capitalisation of this agreement in the coming period,", said Mr. Vadim Brînzan, Minister of Economy and Infrastructure.

The event was attended by over 80 participants, representatives of governmental institutions, the business community, international development projects, as well as by Moldovan mass media representatives.

More information:

Online portal EU4Business Moldova: http://www.eu4business.md/DCFTA 
EU4Business Moldova Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/eu4businessmoldova/
Press Bureau of EU4Business Moldova: http://dcfta.md/eng