Moldova has become the largest beneficiary of the Association Agreement and the Free Trade Agreement of the 3 Eastern Partnership countries that have signed them
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Euro Integration of Moldova, Nicu Popescu stated this, referring to data for 2013-2018, which are given in a study by experts from Berlin Economics. According to them, Moldova’s exports to the EU over the indicated period increased by 60%, Ukraine’s - by 20%, Georgia’s - by 9%. “Thanks to this strategic document, we were able to compensate for losses in trade with other states and create jobs. If the country was not affected by corruption during this period, the benefits would be even greater. And we will get more benefits in the future, building Europe at home,” said the head of the MIDEI. The Berlin Economics study compared trade data with the European Union of Moldova, Ukraine, and Georgia in 2018 compared to 2013, the last year before the agreement on an in-depth and comprehensive free trade area with the EU. According to the information provided, Moldovan exports to the EU grew from $1 billion in 2013 to $1.6 billion in 2018 against the background of an increase in the export of spare parts for the automotive industry and an increase in the supply of agricultural products, especially sunflower seeds, corn and wheat. The EU share in the total volume of Moldovan exports increased from 56% in 2013 to 74% in 2018. The number of items of Moldovan goods exported to the EU increased from 927 to 1084. The share of raw materials in exports increased from 23% to 28% of the total volume, the share of semi-finished products decreased from 5% to 2%, and the share of processed products decreased from 73% to 70%. The influx of foreign direct investment from the EU grew from $2.1 billion to $2.2 billion, and their share in the total volume grew from 63% to 66%. // 03.09.2019 - InfoMarket.