The European Commission reaffirmed its support for Moldova and its energy sector during the fourth EU-Moldova High-Level Energy Dialogue on Tuesday (23 May).
The meeting focused on the process of Moldova’s integration into the EU’s energy market, in particular with the technical and financial support offered by the Commission. Both sides also discussed closer collaboration to ensure Moldova’s preparedness for next winter and the country’s ongoing reforms to align its legislative framework with key EU energy legislation, under its Energy Community commitments.
“Today’s meeting reconfirmed our support for Moldova as it prepares to face the upcoming energy challenges. We were also able to look beyond next winter and discuss further areas where Moldova and the European Commission can collaborate to further facilitate Moldova’s integration in the EU’s energy market,” said Kadri Simson, the European Commissioner for Energy.
During the meeting, the European Commission, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) provided updates on the EU funding instruments available to Moldova, including through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), amongst others.
The EU Commission welcomed Moldova’s progress to date on the implementation of the Governance Regulation, including the National Energy and Climate Plans (NCEPs) and the Renewable Energy Directive (renewable energy auctions).
In addition to the role of renewables in Moldova’s energy transition, discussions also focused on the role of energy efficiency, specifically in residential buildings.