1 December 2021

Gheorghe Russu

Vice-director, The Center for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption

Parties-Phantoms, Parties - State Institutions, Parties - State Enterprises


20 parties have registered in the current election campaign. Many people say it is a too big number for such a small country as Moldova. At the same time, much more parties could take part in the election campaign.

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European Parliament increases Moldovan quotas on duty-free wine exports to EU

Moldova will have the possibility to supply 15 million liters of wines to European Union markets in 2011 within the autonomous trade preference regime, which is 80% more than in 2010. The respective decision was adopted by the European Parliament on Thursday by majority of votes (563 MPs voted for, 14 voted contra and 14 more abstained from voting).
INFOTAG, 25 July 2011, 10:00

The European Commission's document stipulates that quota on duty-free imports of Moldovan wines will be increased to 18 million liters in 2012, and will reach 24 million liters in 2013, 2014 and 2015 (for each year).

Also, quotas on wheat, barley and corn supplies will be increased every year by 5 thousand tons, thus they will reach 65, 60 and 55 thousand tons respectively by 2015.

The EU provided the autonomous trade preferences regime for Moldova on March 1, 2008, for the purpose to develop its economy and attract investment. The EU provided quotas for a series of sensitive tariff headings - wines, sugar, and grain. In total, the EU is ready to provide quotas for 13 headings, of which only 5 are used by Moldova.

The duty-free quotas for 2010 amounted to 8 million liters for wines, 30 thousand tons for barley, 25 thousand for corn, 35 thousand for grain, 22 thousand for sugar.

For a long time, Moldovan authorities ask the EU to increase the quota on duty-free wine exports, adding the country has no problems with the use of quotas, and it masters them even before the appointed time. Moldova aspires to expand the wines distribution market, as far as its traditional export consumer - Russia - restricted their imports under the pretext of low quality lately.

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