Policy Areas

Customs issues in Moldova and Ukraine

Norway aligns to the EU Declaration on the implementation of theJoint declaration on Customs issues of the Ukrainian and Moldovan PrimeMinisters, published in Brussels on 14 March.

15/03/2006 :: ”The EU fully supports the implementation of the Joint Declaration on Customs
Issues of the Ukrainian and Moldovan Prime Ministers of 30 December 2005. The
EU attaches great
importance to transparent and secure borders. Border issues are a main target
of the European Neighbourhood Policy Action Plans with both Ukraine and Moldova.
The implementation of the Joint Declaration reinstalls a transparent and
legitimate customs regime on the Moldovan-Ukrainian state border.
We strongly condemn current efforts by the self-proclaimed Transnistrian
authorities to create an artificial crisis atmosphere.
We call on the economic agents of the Transnistrian region of Moldova to
register with the relevant authorities in Chisinau in order to promote the
unimpeded flow of goods across the border and welcome the measures taken by the
Moldovan authorities in this regard. We welcome in particular the commitment of
the Moldovan side to avoid double taxation and to provide registered
Transnistrian economic agents with certificates of origin when controls on the
origin of goods can be carried out.
We call on the self-proclaimed Transnistrian authorities not to block this
registration. We condemn any efforts by the self-proclaimed Transnistrian
authorities to impede the free flow of international trade, which harms the
interests of Transnistrian economic agents, which are thus deprived of their
export possibilities. The EU expresses her hope that in the future the
conditions will be put in place for Moldova to grant all registered
Transnistrian companies access to the trade preferences for the EU that other
Moldovan companies now enjoy.
We reiterate that the EU stands ready, notably through the EU Border Assistance
Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM), to further develop an efficient and
transparent border regime. In this regard, EUBAM is consulting with its Ukrainian and Moldovan partners on a regular basis.
The EU stays firmly committed to the territorial integrity of the Republic of
Moldova. The EU reiterates her will to contribute to a peaceful solution of the
Transnistrian conflict.
The Acceding Countries Bulgaria and Romania, the Candidate Countries, Turkey
Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the
Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia
and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, and the EFTA countries Iceland and
Norway, members of the European Economic Area align themselves with this
declaration.”
* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of
the Stabilisation and Association Process.

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