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Taking stock of the water sector alignment with EU practices in the Republic of Moldova

Country: Republic of Moldova
Component: Water resources

On 20 March 2024, national and local authorities, academic and NGO communities, and Moldova’s international partners reviewed the progress and discussed priorities in the water sector. As a country recently granted EU accession status, Moldova has made several institutional reforms, including modifications to its Water Law on December 2023, to align with EU water-related directives. This includes plans to prevent the deterioration of surface and groundwater, transboundary cooperation, and water management based on sound economic principles and transparency in line with the Water Framework Directive. In synergy with legal and institutional reforms on sectoral directives, the need for investments to reduce pollution from agriculture and industrial and municipal wastewater, as well as adapting the water sector to climate change are high on the policy agenda. 

Chaired by the General State Secretary of the Republic of Moldova, the discussion built upon the institutional reforms in water management and key findings from the Ministry’s stock-take report on the implementation and approximation of the national legislation, including recent updates to the Water Law, and further implementation of the Nitrate Directive. The discussion also highlighted the plans for the transboundary collaboration with Ukraine and Romania after recent signature of the trilateral Prut River Basin Declaration, and informed about the second generation of the Nistru river basin management plan.  

The following day, 21 March, a workshop on "Financing Water Security in Moldova" took place. The aim of the workshop on economic instruments for water resources is to address challenges and opportunities in the sector, including the presentation of the results of the OECD assessment of national water resources financing issues and scenarios for water tax reform in Moldova.

Read the article on the National Policy Dialogue on water on the website of the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Moldova

Read the article on the workshop "Financing water"on the website of the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Moldova

Pictures: Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Moldova

The EU-funded “EU4Environment – Water Resources and Environmental Data” Programme, launched in 2021, aims at supporting a more sustainable use of water resources and improving the use of sound environmental data ... Read more




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