The EU's increasingly close relationship with the Republic of Moldova goes beyond cooperation, encompassing gradual economic integration and deeper political cooperation.
The 2 parties signed an Association Agreement, including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), in the margins of the EU summit held on 27 June 2014. Moldova promptly ratified the Agreement on 2 July, and both sides have completed the necessary formalities. Some provisions - including most of the DCFTA section - will therefore apply provisionally from 1 September 2014.
The agreements on visa facilitation and readmission between the EU and Moldova took effect in January 2008, and a wider Mobility Partnership was signed in June 2008. Since 28 April 2014, Moldovan citizens have been able to travel to the EU without a visa.