Over 97% of all businesses in Moldova are SMEs. They are responsible for over 50% of all jobs and generate more than 30% of the country’s income. However, they find it hard to get finance and enter new markets. The Moldovan government has simplified legislation and administration to help SMEs prosper. EU4business programmes complement these efforts by improving access to finance, helping SMEs move into foreign markets and providing training to build up business skills. Specific technical help is available to Moldovan SMEs to make sure they can make the most of the country’s free trade agreement with the EU.


EU-Ukraine Summit in Kiev on 13 July 2017. Pictured, left to right: Donald Tusk, President of the European Council; Volodymyr Groysman, Prime Minister of Ukraine, and; Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.
The EU and Ukraine have signed an Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, to come into force on 1 September 2017. The AA provides the blueprint for Ukraine's ambitious reform path and will foster trade and...

Success stories

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Representatives of Moldova’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIRM) have taken part in a European Union (EU) Twinning programme, visiting their counterparts in Brussels and coming away with valuable ideas and tips on how to improve the support and services the CCIRM offers its own business community. East Invest 2, a project being supported by the EU, is assisting the CCIRM with learning from...
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EBRD and EU open up trade opportunities for winery Vinaria din Vale By Volker Ahlemeyer Moldova ’s wine-makers are only partly known in European countries. And yet they can look back on a proud 4,000-year-old tradition of cultivating grapes in the country’s river valleys. It is thus not a surprise that Moldova boasts some enormous wine cellars, including the world’s largest, Milestii Mici,...
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An IT consultant located by the EBRD’s Business Advisory Service helped this Moldovan shoe company to implement a new Enterprise Resource Planning system. The result was an 8 % increase in productivity as well as increased sales and an expanded product line. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s Business Advisory Service helped Oldcom SA , a footwear producer, find an IT...