The lessons of the EESC-led project in Georgia to Moldova

On May 23, EESC Political Analyst Dovilė Šukytė took part in a discussion “Government – civil society partnership for a successful DCFTA implementation: lessons from Georgia” at the Lithuanian Embassy in Chisinau. In her presentation, Dovilė shared the methodology and results of the EESC-led project “Georgia on European Way: Creation of Effective Model for DCFTA and SME Strategy Implementation”.

The event participants included State Secretary at the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure Iuliana Dragalin, Trade and Business Consultant at the Centre for Development and Management Georgeta Mincu, Executive Director of "Expert-Grup" Adrian Lupusor and Program Director of "Expert-Grup" Vadim Gumene, representative of Moldovan National Platform for Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum Ina Coseru, and representatives of the EU Delegation in Chisinau who work on trade and civil society issues. Also, the partner organization of the EESC-led project “Georgia on European Way”, GLOBSEC (Slovakia), took part in the event in which the Head of the European Neighborhood Program at the GLOBSEC Policy Institute, Jan Cingel, made an appearance.

In presenting the Ministry’s work, Iuliana Dragalin was pleased that 70 percent of Moldova’s total exports are now focused on the EU market. In the five years of implementing the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) Agreement 23,000 EU standards were adapted, customs procedures were simplified and there has been an increased competitiveness of local products. As a result of these works, the number of Moldovan producers exporting to the EU market has increased.

Georgeta Mincu and Ina Coseru presented a project supported by the EU Delegation in Chisinau to raise awareness about DCFTA, in particular about its benefits for the daily consumer. Project activities include information seminars in the northern and southern regions of the country where the population is less aware of government-implemented reforms. Among the methods used are the success stories of local entrepreneurs who have benefited from EU and state support and have started to export to the EU single market.

The representatives of Moldovan civil society regretted that the Domestic Advisory Group on DCFTA last met in 2017. They welcomed the mechanism of local and central advisory councils initiated by the EESC-led project in Georgia, which brought together representatives of civil society, small and medium sized entrepreneurs and local and central governments for regular dialogue and exploring ways to accelerate the implementation of DCFTA, and search for opportunities in Moldova.