Start EU accession negotiations!

Today, June 25, 2024 marks a significant milestone for the Republic of Moldova as its efforts to reform and embrace democratic values are officially recognized with the commencement of EU accession negotiations. The first intergovernmental conference held today resulted in the approval of the negotiation framework between our country and the EU. The goal of these negotiations is for the Republic of Moldova to fully adopt the EU acquis and ensure its functionality by the time of accession.

The entire negotiation process will be completed once all 33 negotiation chapters, encompassing the entire acquis communautaire, are discussed and agreed upon with each EU member state.

Chapter No. 24, “Justice, Freedom, and Security,” is overseen by the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The Working Group on Chapter 24 is responsible for coordinating and implementing the necessary reforms to align the country’s legislation and practices with EU standards. This includes combating organized crime, enhancing law enforcement cooperation, counter-terrorism efforts, preventing radicalization, and improving judicial cooperation in criminal, civil, and commercial matters. The member institutions of the Working Group include Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Education and Research, Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Economic Development and Digitalization, Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry, Customs Service, Intelligence and Security Service, National Anticorruption Centre, Criminal Assets Recovery Agency, National Centre for Personal Data Protection, General Prosecutor’s Office,   Medicines and Medical Devices Agency, State Protection and Security Service.

To organize the work on Chapter 24, a roadmap was created based on the provisions of:

– 2024-2027 National Action Plan for Accession of the Republic of Moldova (https://gov.md/sites/default/files/document/attachments/pna-site.pdf);

– 2024-2026 National Development Plan (https://gov.md/sites/default/files/document/attachments/pnd-ro.pdf);

– Government Action Plan for 2024 (https://gov.md/sites/default/files/document/attachments/pag_2024-27.12.2023.pdf);

– EU Accession Questionnaire (Part I – https://gov.md/sites/default/files/document/attachments/chestionar_p.1-final-ue.pdf; Part II – https://gov.md/ro/content/informatii-solicitate-de-comisia-europeana-catre-guvernul-republicii-moldova-pentru).

To track the progress on Chapter 24, follow the #MAI aproape de UE section on the Ministry of Internal Affairs website https://mai.gov.md/ro/node/8931.

It should be noted that, at the European Council meeting on June 23, 2022, EU leaders granted Moldova candidate status for accession to the EU. On December 14, 2023, the European Council decided to open accession negotiations with Moldova, marking a historic moment for our country.