Driver for change
EBA Annual Review 2023
Driver for change
EBA Annual Review 2023
Our mission
The EBA is one of the main business impact organisation for Moldovan and foreign entities aimed at:
  • Facilitating domestic and foreign trade;
  • Improving business climate through different communication platforms;
  • Bolstering foreign investments;
  • Promoting business activities between EU and the RM.
Our vision
The EBA Vision is to enable & drive the full establishment of European business practices and values in Moldova, wishing to promote and contribute to the harmonization of economy of Moldova and the EU.
  • Jānis Mažeiks
    EBA Honorary President
    Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova
EBA Board
  • Jose Luis Gomez Pascual
    EBA Board President
    Premier Energy
  • Roman Ivanov
    EBA Board Vice President
    Vernon David Law Firm
  • Mathias von Tucher
    Danube Logistics
  • Alexandru Țurcan
    Țurcan Cazac Law Firm
  • Dona Gabriela Rapciuga
    Kaufland Moldova
  • Constantin Barbaros
    Metro Cash & Carry Moldova
  • Doina Bârsan
    PwC Moldova & România
  • Carolina Bugaian
    Moldcell
  • Giorgi Shagidze
    maib
  • Oleg Arseni
    Südzucker Moldova
  • Vasile Donica
    Victoriabank
EBA Team
  • Mariana Rufa
    Executive Director
    Ensures the full executive and administrative authorities for EBA, developing the EBA strategy, work plans and budgets, managing recruitment of member corporations, facilitating partnerships, projects and co – operations for the benefit of EBA, and handling contact to EBA Sector Committees. Supports the team in the policy and advocacy process, services, project management and press & media work.
  • Ion Cebanu
    Executive Assistant & Events Manager
    Provides administrative support and maintains protocolar correspondence. Takes care of the projects implementation and reporting. Ensures the smooth-running and organization of EBA events, trainings and seminars. Maintains and updates communication vehicles such as website, newsletter, press releases, social media and others.
  • Sandra Dolghii
    Tax Policy Manager
    Monitors the Tax & Customs Policy issues and supports the activities of the EBA Tax & Customs Committee. Represents EBA at meetings and working groups in relevant public private platforms and organizations. Builds up and keeps an active network with relevant stakeholders for policy and advocacy work. Drafting position papers and advisory notes.
  • Inga Stașcov
    Chief Accountant
    Is heading the Finance and Administration department of EBA. Drafts and supervise the EBA budget. Ensures Payroll and HR Administration. Provides monthly financial reports and monitors the cash flow. Assures accurate reporting according to the EBA policies.
  • Eugen Cozmulici
    Policy & Advocacy Manager
    Develops and organizes the advocacy work for EBA, drafting advisory notes, representing EBA at meetings and working groups in relevant public private platforms and organizations. Assists the Executive Director in her efforts towards policy issues, building up and keeping an active network with relevant stakeholders for policy and advocacy work. Supports project management and leads EBA Sector Committees meetings.
EBA members
94
Member companies
17
New members in 2023
GOLD MEMBERS
SILVER MEMBERS
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EBA social corporate responsibility projects
EBA Moldova – CCF Moldova
charity campaign „Daruiește căldură"

Support provided: Acquisition of woodfire and necessary items for families with children, including families with children with limited capacities.

Results: Thanks to the generous support from Members and other companies, 17 children from 5 families warmed up in their own homes with their loved ones during the cold period of the year.

EBA for EU Integration
In 2023 EBA organised a series of events in Chisinau and Brussels for the business community by inviting key EU Officials from the EU Parliament and EU Commission to raise awareness on the EU MOLDOVA Integration process, negotiation agenda, impact for business and country economic development overall. Over these events, businesses could share their current concerns, provide concrete proposals and discuss the legal transposition process in more details.
On the occasion of the official visit to the RM of Delegation of Members of International Trade Committee (INTA) of the European Parliament, led by Mr. Bernd Lange, Chair of INTA
22.02.2023
On the occasion of the official visit to the RM of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Special Envoy for the Eastern Partnership, Dirk Schübel, and his homologues in EU Member States
25.04.2023
Event organized with the distinguished participation of Mr. Dorin Recean, Prime-minister of RM, and Mr. Luc Pierre Devigne, Deputy Managing Director, European External Action Service (EEAS)
15.06.2023
12 meetings with officials from EU Commission and EU Parliament
19-20.09.2023
With the distinguished participation of Mr. Siegfried Mureșan, Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee
28.11.2023
EBA exclusive interview with HE Mr. Dirk Schuebel
European External Action Service (EEAS) Special Envoy for the Eastern Partnership, on the occasion of a special visit to the Republic of Moldova
20.05.2023
EBA is a member of European Business Organization World Wide Network operating under DG GROWTH, EU Commission
Each year the network gets together in Brussels to discuss with key EU Officials EU Neibourhood policies, trade agreements implementation in third countries and share the EBO policy agenda.
Events

On a yearly basis EBA is organising a series of practical events aimed at:

  • sharing best regional and international practices and expertise on specific topics from EBA Policy Agenda in order to assist the EBA Members and public officials in legal transposition and implementation process;
  • to promote EBA Members that have expertise in certain areas to share their knowledge and best practices with EBA Community.
8 speakers
Organized by the National Association of ICT Companies within the ABA Rule of Law Initiative Project "Personal data protection - rights and obligations in the Republic of Moldova" in partnership with the European Business Association (EBA Moldova)

17.10.2023
Business Environment
Key Business Environment indicators
60
Policy Documents
52
Issues/ Areas approached
155
Total nr. of meetings
21
Achievements/ Progress on Policy Agenda
Public Private Dialogue
National Institutions

  • EU Integration Commission by the President of RM
  • Economic Council to the Prime Minister
  • Customs Service Advisory Committee
  • Tax Inspectorate Advisory Committee
  • State Commission on regulation of the entrepreneurial activity
  • Ministry of Finance Technical Working Groups
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry
  • Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development
  • Ministry of Finance Advisory Council on Taxes and Duties
  • National Council of State Control Disputes
  • Ministry of Environment
  • Ministry of Labour
  • Ministry of Economic Development and Digitalization
  • National Agency for Food Safety
  • Office for prevention and fight against money laundering
  • Competition Council
International Institutions

  • European Business Organization Worldwide Network
  • European Commission (DG Trade, DG Near, DG Energy)
  • European Parliament
  • OECD
  • IMF
  • EBRD
  • World Bank
  • IFC
  • German Economic Team
  • USAID
  • GIZ
  • EIB
  • UNDP
  • IFC
  • Energy Community Secretariat
  • Venice Commission
26.05.2023
17.01.2023
27.04.2023
3.05.2023

EBA collaboration with the Economic Council to the Prime Minister
The Economic Council to the Prime Minister is one of the main Public – Private Dialogue Platform where EBA is the chair of Trade Facilitation Committee. During the 2023, EBA has managed to address key issues faced by business environment through participation at the working groups and technical meetings organized within the Council.

Areas covered under the Economic Council to the PM:
  • Development of legal amendments to GDPR Legal Framework by transposing the EU Aquis
  • Development of legal amendments related to E-KYC
  • Development of legal amendments related to electronic signature and ensure its recognition in the EU
  • Adjusting the Domestic Trade law (Nr. 231) to the EU Aquis
  • Improvement and optimization of Import procedures (Amending the GD no 938/2018)
  • Development of legal amendments related to the Labor legislation
  • Development of legal amendments related to food safety legislation
  • Development of legal amendments related to Sanitary Regulations of tobacco products
  • Improve the implementation framework related to AML
  • Development of legal amendments related to Extended Producer Responsibility and creating a sound Wastes Management Framework
  • Tax Policy Legislation
  • Optimization of customs procedures related to customs valuation
  • Development of legal amendments related to New Customs Code
  • Deregulation packages
  • Working Group 1: Technical supervision, constructions
  • Working Group 2: Market surveillance and consumer protection
  • Working Group 3: Fiscal, customs
  • Working Group 4: Environmental protection
  • Working Group 5: Public Health
  • Working Group 6: Occupational safety and security
  • Working Group 7: Agriculture and Food
  • Working Group 8: Transport (road, naval, aeronautical)
18.01.2023
26.09.2023
1.11.2023
15.11.2023

EBA publications
An overview and an assessment of implementation of reforms from the prospective of the European business representatives (investors) based on provisions of the EURepublic of Moldova Association Agreement including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (AA/DCFTA)

EBA Sector Committees
EBA Moldova provides a platform to discuss with its Members all legal and policy initiatives aiming to improve the Moldovan legislation through its Sector Committees.
EBA Coordinators
  • Eugen Cozmulici
    Policy & Advocacy Manager
  • Sandra Dolghii
    Tax Policy Manager
Tax & Customs Committee

Issues approached:
  • Tax policy 2024
  • Extending tax neutrality
  • The increase of the deductible limit for transportation of the employees
  • Amendment of the regulations on deductions and delegations
  • Clarification of the tax regime for economic agents resident in free economic zones
  • Amendment of the Regulation on the performance of control by the State Tax Service
  • Adjusting the meal voucher legislation to the current regulatory framework
  • Approval of a fair schedule for excise stamps/consumer stamps for cigarettes, and other tobacco and related products
  • Revision of the procedure for issuing new excise stamps
  • Amendment of the Law on Advertising No 62/2022
  • Modification of state control
  • Modificarea procedurii prețurilor de transfer
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  • Diana Ilicciev
    Head of Accounting Department
    Committe Chairwoman, Chief Accountant
    Victoriabank
  • Constantin Agafița
    Comitee Co-Chair, Audit Manager
    Baker Tilly Klitou and Partners
Green & Sustainable Economy Committee

Issues approached:
  • Law 209/2016 regarding the waste management
  • Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
  • GD 938 Regulation regarding the mode of crossing state border of goods subject to ANSA control
  • Illegal logging, pallet and unfair competition
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Alexandru Gîncu
Committe Chairman, Public Affairs & Sustainability Manager
Coca Cola HBC Moldova
Human Capital Committee

Issues approached:
  • Deficiencies faced by the business community in this sector
  • Creating conditions to stimulate the labour market
  • Modification of the length of break in work between shifts
  • Adjustments concerning annual leave
  • Changes to dual education
  • Modification of the instruments for applying disciplinary sanctions
  • Addition to the Labour Code of a new ground for termination of employment contract
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Eduard Gurin
Committe Chairman, Associate
Vernon David Law Firm
Regulatory Framework Committee

Issues approached:
  • GDPR related laws improvement
  • Competition Law
  • E-commerce legal amendments
  • Unfair business practices under the draft Law 231 on Internal Trade
  • Nomenclature of Goods
  • Phytosanitary requirements for wooden packaging
  • List of socially important products
  • Track and Trace system (tobacco)
  • AML Law 308
  • The set of Intelligence and Security Service (SIS) draft laws
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  • Vladimir Palamarciuc
    Committe Chairman, Lawyer, Partner
    Turcan Cazac Law Firm
  • Sergiu Bozianu
    Committee Co-Chair, Director
    Data Protection Law Firm
Energy & Infrastructure Committee

Issues approached:
  • Law 107/2016 on electricity
  • Law 10/2016 on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources
  • Government Decision no. 401/2021 regarding the approval of capacity limits, maximum quotas and capacity categories in the field of electricity from renewable sources valid until December 31, 2025
  • Government Decision no. 690/2018 for the approval of the Regulation on the tenders launching for offering the eligible producer status
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  • Tatiana Gotișan
    Committee Chairwoman, Director Regulations, Tariffs and Purchases of Energy
    Premier Energy
  • Mathias von Tucher
    Committee Chairman, General Director
    Danube Logistics
Financial & Capital Markets Committee

Issues approached:
  • Communication digitization of business with bailiffs
  • Liberalization of the payment field / ABM Experts Commission
  • Payments threshold from the merchants Payment services (PSD 2) - Directive (EU) 2015/2366
  • Capital market development
  • Amendment of consumer protection legislation
  • Amendment of the regulatory framework for cash settlements
  • Alignment of Moldovan legislation with EU Directives in the field of prevention and combating money laundering and terrorist financing
  • Revision of reporting procedures in the field of preventing and combating money laundering and terrorist financing
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  • Corneliu Popovici
    Committee President, Director of Legal Department
    Victoriabank
  • Natalia Simașco
    Committee Co-Chair, Head of the compliance control section, Compliance Directorate
    Fincombank
All the EBA Members proposals are collected, examined by the EBA Sector Committees and later reflected in a series of Position Papers.

The list of Position Papers elaborated and sent to public institutions by EBA Moldova, can be found here.
Business Support
99
individual cases addressed
3899
participants
81
events
EBA Members Meetings with EU and Moldovan Officials
23
Meetings with EU and Moldova officials
EU and International Officials
  • HE Janis Mazeiks
    Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova
  • Bernd Lange
    Chair of International Trade Committee (INTA)
  • Dirk Schübel
    European External Action Service (EEAS) Special Envoy for the Eastern Partnership
  • Luc Devigne
    Deputy Managing Director, European External Action Service (EEAS)
  • Inma Rodríguez-Piñero
    Member of European Parliament, S&D Group within INTA
  • Karin Karlsbro
    Member of European Parliament, Renew Europe Group
  • Danilo Oscar Lancini
    Member of European Parliament, Identity and Democracy Political Group
  • Helmut Scholz
    Member of European Parliament, Member and Coordinator of Parliamentary Group The Left
  • Markéta Gregorová
    Member of European Parliament, INTA Standing Rapporteur
  • Diana Jablońska
    Head of Unit, DG NEAR C1
  • Marco Düerkop
    Head of Unit, DG Trade
  • Nicholas Burge
    Policy coordinator for Moldova and Western Balkans at DG Trade
  • Klinger Lisa
    European Commission, DG ECFIN, Moldova Desk
  • Lisicky Milan
    European Commission, Deputy Head of Unit