Chisinau – Tiraspol: Customs and Trade Talks

        A high-level conference devoted to confidence-building activities regarding the Transnistrian issue was held in the German city of Freising on 10-11 June 2014.

        At the request of the Chair, EUBAM presented two proposals to the conference. One concerned the implementation of a joint Moldova-Transnistria customs operation for preventing and combatting smuggling. There was no consensus on how to proceed in this regard. A second proposal concerned steps towards the possible creation of a common economic space over the banks of the Dniester River. Both Chisinau and Tiraspol expressed an interest in principle and outlined options close to those set forth by EUBAM. They agreed to continue discussions in the framework of the working group on ‘Economy and Trade’ within the 5+2 negotiating forum.

        The conference was an OSCE initiative, funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. It was attended, among others, by officials from Germany, OSCE, Ukraine, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Moldova and Transnistria, the European Union and the United States. It addressed three thematic areas: ‘Economy, Trade and Infrastructure’, ‘Education’, and ‘Ecology’.