Estonia has supported Moldova’s development cooperation projects since 2000, and Moldova has been a priority country for Estonian bilateral development cooperation since 2006. The partnership with Moldova is of high importance for Estonia. The basis as well as objectives of the cooperation are aligned with the Moldova-European Union Association Agreement. The importance of such partnership is declared also with the Estonian-Moldovan development cooperation strategy 2021-2024, whereby Estonia committed to support Moldova’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, political and socio-economic development.

Estonia, having the core competence and unique experience in the architecture as well as capacity for building a democratic and efficient state governance with successful reforms as well as digitalisation efforts has shared the expertise with Moldova since 2006.

Since 2000, Moldova has been supported by Estonian development cooperation in the amount of 10.4 million euros. During this period, 261 projects have been implemented in Moldova. As of September 1, 2022, there are 9 ongoing projects in Moldova.

Global Sustainable Development Goals in Moldova

Priority Areas of Estonian Development Cooperation in Moldova

  • Democracy and good governance – promoting the implementation of the EU Association Agreement and the reform agenda; involving civil society in governance and shaping reform processes; improving participatory democracy and good governance; promoting awareness of the EU; fighting corruption and promoting the principles of the rule of law; increasing the capacity of local government; increasing media independence and strategic communication
  • Poverty reduction – supporting the development of rural areas by strengthening the capacity of local government units and promoting community policy; supporting the development of small businesses; introducing the principles of creating start-ups and involving women and young people in entrepreneurship
  • Education – updating the education system to meet the needs of the labor market; developing digital competences

Relevant Documents

Ongoing projects in Moldova

Project Project Dates Project Implementer
Development of Causeni agri-hub and added value in agricultural sector 16.08.2021–10.12.2022 NGO Peipsi Koostöö Keskus
Training of Moldova’s small rural businesses in the financial management and marketing management 01.10.2021–18.12.2022 Eesti Maaülikool
Strengthening Moldova’s good governance practices and the development of democracy through the introduction of Estonian experiences 01.09.2021–31.12.2022 MTÜ Organization for Development, Security and Sustainment
Strengthening Democratic Processes, Rule of Law and Good Governance in Eastern Partnership Countries 01.04.2018–31.12.2022 ESTDEV
Implementing Democratic Governance Based on European Union Values and Principles of Transparency: Applying Estonian Reform Experiences to Empower Local Governments in Moldova 01.09.2019–31.12.2022 ESTDEV
Entrepreneurial Moldova by Garage48 and YEP! Moldova: Popularization of entrepreneurship and growing of the local entrepreneurial community 01.01.2022–31.12.2022 Garage48 OÜ
Mitigating the socio-economic consequences of COVID-19 by developing the business support ecosystem in Moldova 01.03.2021–31.12.2022 NGO Loov Eesti
Increasing the participation of Moldovan women and young people in entrepreneurship 01.10.2021–30.04.2023 Viljandimaa Omavalitsuste Liit
Innovative and digital solutions to support Moldovan rural development 03.01.2022–30.06.2023 Tartumaa Arendusselts