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10 years of implementation of the Mobility Partnership with the EU

10 years of implementation of the Mobility Partnership with the EU

12th of June, Chisinau – Within the MEA EI premises was held an extended meeting of the Moldova-EU Mobility Partnership Local Cooperation Platform, which this year is dedicated to the 10 years of implementation of the Mobility Partnership with the EU.

In her remarks at the opening of the event, Daniela Morari, the State Secretary, highlighted the role of this initiative for the development and promotion of the migration policy in the Republic of Moldova as well as in the dialogue with the EU, especially for the opening of new cooperation opportunities.

Peter Michalko, the head of the European Union’s Delegation to the Republic of Moldova, referred to the EU's commitment to support the Republic of Moldova's implementation of the Association Agreement's objectives and the concrete and impressive results that were brought to our country by the Mobility Partnership through over 100 implemented projects, in this regards Moldova becoming a model for other states.

Taking into account the anniversary character of the meeting, the results obtained during the 10 years of implementation have been reviewed by the representatives of national institutions in terms of best practice, lessons learned, and recommendations for the next period of implementation.

During the event, there were presented the preliminary recommendations of the Mobility Partnership Assessment Exercise, which were conducted in February-March 2018 based on questionnaires, with the support of ICMPD. Among the proposals of the evaluation report are the consolidation of human resources in national institutions and the involvement in the implementation of the Mobility Partnership of representatives of the civil society specialized in the field of migration management.

The projects that are considered successful in implementing the Mobility Partnership that had been discussed at the meeting aim at facilitating legal migration and mobility, taking on experience in implementing circular migration schemes, and turning migration into benefits for the country's development. At the same time, the importance of placing the approach of migration in the local context was highlighted, as well as the increased role of the Diaspora in the context of the migration policies.

Moreover, an important subject of the discussion was the placement of the Mobility Partnership in a regional and especially international context, considering the discussions on the future Global Compact of Migration and the active involvement of our country in the global processes concerning the phenomenon of migration and its connection with development.

The Moldova-EU Mobility Partnership is a pilot initiative, launched on the  5th of June 2008, which brings together several projects and initiatives in the field of migration and refers primarily to the strengthening of institutional capacities in the field of migration management, the promotion of legal migration, consolidating relations with the diaspora, stimulating the return and reintegration of Moldovan migrants, efficient investment of remittances, ensuring social protection, border surveillance and document security, as well as cooperation in the fight against illegal migration and human trafficking.

The Member States of the European Union participating in the Mobility Partnership with the Republic of Moldova, through various projects in the field of migration policy are: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Hungary. The European Commission, FRONTEX, and the European Training Foundation are also part of that cooperation format. The extended meeting of the Moldova-EU Mobility Partnership Local Platform provides the opportunity to discuss the activities carried out with the participation of local stakeholders.