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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • EASTERN POLICY

  • The Republic of Moldova proclaimed independence on 27 August 1991 after the failed coup d’état in the USSR. Poland established diplomatic relations with Moldova on 14 July 1992.

     

    Polish-Moldovan relations are regulated by the Treaty between the Republic of Poland and Moldova on Friendship and Cooperation signed in Warsaw on 15 November 1994. Other bilateral agreements regulate specific areas of cooperation. Polish institutions and organizations including the Polish Academy of Sciences, higher education institutions and non-governmental organizations have entered into cooperation agreements with their Moldovan counterparts.

     

    Political relations between our two countries have traditionally been very good and free of disputes. Contacts at the level of heads of state and government remain strong. Poland has been providing assistance to Moldova in reforming its administration and economy and has supported Moldova on its path to integration into the European Union. Poland advocates resolving the issue of Transnistria – a region located on the eastern bank of the Dniester river that does not recognize Moldova’s government – pursuant to the principle of respect for Moldova’s territorial integrity.

     

    Poland’s commodity trade with Moldova recently has been dropped significantly. In the period of January-November 2015, the Polish exportation to Moldova in relation to 2014 decreased by 55.8% and amounted to 139.7 million USD, while the importation fell by 49.6% to 60.53 million USD. Therefore, the overall commodity trading between Poland and Moldova decreased in the examined period by 54.1% to approximately 200 million USD. The contribution of Polish capital in Moldovan investments is relatively small – the amount of Polish investments in Moldova, in the end of 2014 , was estimated to be 10 million USD. The main sector of investment has been food processing.

    Moldova has been a priority country of Polish development aid since 2004. The aid measures are executed in the framework of the Multiannual Development Cooperation Programme for 2012-2015, which covers: public security and border management; regional development and capacity building of the national and local administration; agriculture and development of rural areas, as well as democratisation and human rights.  Poland also provides assistance within the scope of veterinary medicine and food safety, as well as it supports Moldovan phytosanitary service. In 2012 there was established, partially as well on the basis of Polish funds, the Information Centre for Local Authorities in Ialoveni. Its main aim is to improve the capability of the Moldovan local authorities to absorb available aid funds. Moreover, a Polish governmental loan of 100 million EUR was awarded to Moldova in 2004.

     

    According to estimates, Moldova is inhabited by 20,000 people of Polish origin (however, according to the census from 2005, it is less than 3000;  the exact data from 2014 census has not been published yet) the majority of whom speak little or no Polish. Polish diaspora organisations and Polish Houses exist and are active in Chisinau, Balti and the village of Stircea. Balti, located in the north of the country, is the main centre of Polish diaspora life.

     

    Website of Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Moldova

     

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