Representatives of the two Domestic Advisory Groups (DAG) from the EU and Moldova, established under Chapter 13 on Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between the Republic of Moldova and the European Union, held a joint meeting on 17 October 2016. The meeting was held in accordance to the provisions of the Chapter 13 on Trade and Sustainable Development of the Association Agreement between the Republic of Moldova and the European Union.
The participants discussed the issues related to the implementation of the recommendations of the 1st Joint Civil Society Dialogue Forum declaration, issued on July 7, 2015. Overall, despite some important progress achieved so far, most of constraints identified, and, hence, recommendations related to expanding trade and sustainable development remained valid until nowadays.
Members of the DAGs devoted a special attention to the situation in the renewable energy sector in the Republic of Moldova. They welcomed the adoption of the Law on Promotion of Energy from Renewable Sources in February 2016, which constitutes a major step towards the creation of a clear framework for the development of renewable energy projects. However, numerous legal, administrative and technical barriers still exist, preventing active promotion of the renewable energy sector.
The representatives of the Domestic Advisory groups remain committed to monitor the Moldovan government’s efforts to reap the benefits of DCFTA, implement its commitments in this area and stimulate trade expansion and sustainable development of the Republic of Moldova.