The new relationship between Moldova and the European Union is the focus of this accessible, non-technical short guide. This relationship is based on a complex treaty: an Association Agreement with extensive political, economic and legal content, signed in 2014 and entering fully into force on 1 July 2016. The Agreement includes a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA).
This booklet is a summary of the Handbook entitled Deepening EU-Moldovan Relations – What, why and how?, which explains the contents of the treaty in much greater depth. The Handbook, like the present booklet, is freely available at 3dcftas.eu in English, Romanian and Russian. Both publications follow the same chapter structure, which allows readers who wish to dig deeper into the subject to readily find their way in the longer Handbook.
This short guide is produced as part of a project supported by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and is one of a trilogy, with comparable companion texts also published on Georgia and Ukraine.
Michael Emerson is Associate Senior Research Fellow at CEPS, and Denis Cenușa is Associated Expert at Expert Grup in Chişinău.