PM says business environment’s quality must be one of invincible advantages of Moldova

Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita today chaired a meeting of the working group for the reformation of the framework of regulation of the entrepreneurial activity, focused on the state controls and the system of sanctions for economic agents. Natalia Gavrilita said that, in the conditions of a small market and the uncertainty triggered by the war in Ukraine, Moldova must come with invincible competitive advantages, in order to attract new investments and back the already active business in Moldova, the government’s communication and protocol department has reported.

„The institutions with control duties have important powers in ensuring the safety, protection of citizens’ rights, reducing risks in the society, collection of funds to the budget, etc. Yet, it is essential to find a balance between these goals and ensure comfort and the maximally possible support for the business people. They are the ones who generate value added, provide jobs and pay taxes to the budget,’’ the PM said.

The prime minister noted that the European integration implied the transposition of the European Union’s strict regulations into the national legislation. The cabinet must insistently negotiate advantageous conditions for the local enterprises, so that the new regulations do not become a too heavy burden for the economic agents.

One of the instruments suggested to facilitate the work of economic agents is contained in the Package of Deregulation 1, recently launched by the Economics Ministry. The Package will strengthen the principle of consultative control, which sees that, in the first three years after registration, companies cannot be sanctioned by the control bodies, unless they commit serious or repeated infringements. .

In the context, Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita stressed that she would personally monitor the progress made in the improvement of the legal framework in the field of state controls and of sanctions for the business environment.

The working group’s experts will assess to what extent the control bodies comply with the principles of good regulation of the legislation in the state control field; afterwards, they will elaborate immediate measures for the improvement of the sector of state control and sanctioning system. At a later phase, decision-makers will propose legislative amendments both to the horizontal legislation (the law on control and codes with sanctions) and to the vertical legislation, in each of the specific fields of control, such as the fiscal, customs, anti-fire, sanitary sectors, etc.

The working group was set up on 7 November 2022, is coordinated by the Economics Ministry and is made up of representatives of governmental institutions, parliamentary commission for economy, budget and finances, Presidency’s Apparatus, as well as EU experts and from the Secretariat of the Economic Council under the Prime Minister

The actions to reform the state control and sanction system will be elaborated within the Working Group for the reform of the regulatory framework of entrepreneurial activity, coordinated by the Ministry of Economy and composed of representatives of governmental institutions, the Parliamentary Committee on Economy, Budget and Finance, the Presidential Apparatus, the Secretariat of the Economic Council to the Prime Minister and the Mission of the High Advisers of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova.

The Economic Council Secretariat will provide technical support to this process, with the involvement of USAID/MISRA experts.

In order to streamline the process of identifying problems and solutions, as well as assessing the potential impacts of reforms, we will conduct frequent (anonymous) surveys on the BizRadar application platform ( The results of the surveys will help to promote reforms more effectively. We therefore urge you to subscribe to the BizRadar platform and actively participate in the surveys.

The Secretariat of the Economic Council to the Prime Minister is supported by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, funded by the UK Government’s Good Governance Fund, and the International Finance Corporation’s Investment Climate Reform Project funded by the Government of Sweden’s International Development Agency.

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