Assessing the impact of the EU-RM Association Agreement: The Narrative of Change in Politics, Economics and Society

Assessing the impact of the EU-RM Association Agreement: The Narrative of Change in Politics, Economics and Society – with Igor Munteanu (Associated Professor, ASEM, Director, IDIS) and Mihai Popsoi (Political Scientist)

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This event will take place on the 27th of February, at 3 p.m, Council Room, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Schitu Măgureanu. nr.9) , sector 5, Bucharest.

Eastern Partnership is the most ambitious EU policy towards its Eastern Neighborhood – a priority policy that suffered various changes since its inception (2009). It was assumed that enhanced support to EaP partners will pay off in approaching them to the EU standards and capabilities: increased funding for social and economic development, more ambitious programs for institution-building, market access, increased EIB role in support of investments and people-to-people mobility. However, EaP spells no green light to membership, keeping the accession into a stage of ‘constructive ambiguity’. The essential premises for the EaP are related to: increased differentiation (no ‘one-size-fits-all), ‘more for more’ (increased EU conditional support to its partners, based on country progresses and domestic reforms) and ‘less for less’ (EU downsize its relations with governments engaged in violations of human rights and democracy standards). According to the EaP Index-2017, Moldova still keeps up on a leading position (visa, trade), if compared with Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus, but is losing against Georgia and Ukraine, capable to outstrip its leadership, because of the sharp decline of democratic indicators, slow economic and social reforms. Speakers will highlight in their presentations the pace of the implementation of the Association Agenda in Moldova, the impact of political and election setbacks in turning Moldova into a normal ‘emerging democracy’. They will also outline Moldova’s progress in boosting trade with EU, addressing its current energy dependencies, and alleviating insecurities.

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