Disinfo: There are no improvements in the area of trade between EU and Moldova

Summary

There are no improvements in the area of trade between the European Union and Moldova. With the EU, Moldova has a negative trade balance. Starting with September 1 2014, when the economic part of the agreement entered in force, exports have continued to decline till the present day.

Disproof

The EU's imports from Moldova increased by 5% from €1.16 billion to €1.22 billion in 2015. The Association Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova was signed in June 2014 and has been in full effect since July 2016.bit.ly/2fq1Euh,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 47
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/11/2016
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Moldova
  • Keywords: EU, Trade, Economic difficulties, AA/DCFTA
  • Outlet: izborsk.md
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