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Statement by the MFAEI on the information published by the Bloomberg

Statement by the MFAEI on the information published by the Bloomberg
20th October 2018, Chişinău – With reference to the article published on October 17th, 2018 by the American news agency Bloomberg regarding the reluctant position of the Republic of Moldova towards the United Kingdom’s accession to the international Government Procurement Agreement within the World Trade Organization, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration makes the following clarifications.

The Republic of Moldova appreciates the commitment of the British Government during the accession process to the Government Procurement Agreement, which is an important tool for opening-up access to the international market of public procurement and for guaranteeing the principle of transparency and non-discrimination regarding the access of goods, services and suppliers from any party to the Agreement to tenders organized by other members of this Agreement.

In this respect, Republic of Moldova has already expressed its concerns first at the meeting in May 2018, preceding the meeting of October 17th, regarding the complicated procedures for obtaining travel visas to the United Kingdom faced by citizens and economic agents from our country, who are discriminated with respect to suppliers from other countries and encounter difficulties in the process of travelling to the UK in order to participate in tenders announced by the British authorities.

In this context, yesterday, in Chişinău, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Tudor Ulianovschi, held talks with the Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Martin Harris, addressing not only the opportunities for the participation of Moldovan economic agents in the UK market, but also the problems faced by citizens of the Republic of Moldova, including holders of diplomatic and service passports, in the process of obtaining a visa for the UK. We emphasize that the Republic of Moldova has liberalized the visa regime for all British citizens as of January 2007.

The negotiation process with the British authorities continues and the country delegate of the Republic of Moldova to the WTO proposed, together with the US and other states, at the meeting of the Committee on Government Procurement held on October 17th 2018, the reexamination of the subject of the UK's accession to the international Government Procurement Agreement during the meeting in November of this year. Therefore, the MFAEI expresses its confidence that in the upcoming weeks the diplomats of both states will finalize a plan of actions for bilateral consultations in order to simplify the process of obtaining visas for Moldovan citizens and negotiate a mutually advantageous Free Trade Agreement which will be applied after Brexit.

Among the 47 parties to the Government Procurement Agreement, the UK applies a visa regime only to 4 (four) Member States: Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia and Montenegro.

The full statement of the Delegation of the Republic of Moldova on the accession of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Government Procurement Agreement, delivered at the Committee on Government Procurement meeting of the World Trade Organization is avaliable here: http://www.geneva.mfa.md/data/8683/file_513648_0.pdf.