European officials are quoted right and left, who announced that before the agreement on the European Association of Georgia and Moldova came into force, it was a month and a half ago.
Moldavian information portal Totul cites a statement by European Commissioner for Foreign Relations Federica Mogherini, who spoke at the seventh ministerial meeting of the Eastern Partnership:
The EU Association Agreements with Moldova and Georgia will come into force in full from July 1, 2016.
It is noteworthy that the European integration was presented by Moldovan politicians. Here, for example, the statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration (in Moldova this is a single position) Andrei Galbur:
There is a need to strengthen cooperation in relation to internal shocks and external risks. I hope that the future global strategy of the European Union in the field of security and foreign policy will make it possible to pay greater attention to stability in the Eastern Partnership.
Not without mentioning "hybrid threats". Galbur made it clear to the Europeans and Moldovans themselves that Moldova, it turns out, is also under something hybrid, and it (something hybrid) is clearly threatening Chisinau ...
We are interested in developing cooperation in the field of security and common defense policies and countering hybrid threats.
Whether Galbur understood money transfer, which annually in the amount of about a billion dollars is sent from Russia by Moldovan guest workers, by hybrid threats, is an open question. Now this same Galbur, like his Georgian counterpart, makes it clear that after European integration in a long time Moldavia and Georgia will begin a long-awaited bright future ... Manna from heaven must, judging by the enthusiastic cries of officials, fall from ordinary Georgian and Moldovan citizens.
It should be noted that the agreement on the Euro-Association Chisinau and Tbilisi signed about two years ago. During this time, the Moldovan and Georgian authorities were supposed to digest the conditions, and then declare their readiness to accept these European conditions. Why is it only about European conditions? Because its EU vassals are not a priori ready to give the right to put forward their own conditions. The pretense of vassalage is to accept all that the "master strongly recommends."
Some time after the signing of the agreement on Euro-association, fermentation began in the camp of Moldovan politicians (in Georgia there were no special ferments on this issue - the contract, apparently, nobody read from A to Z, but all were in favor of its full approval ...) . So, in the opposition movement Renato Usatyi “Our Party” declared that the agreement with the EU in the form in which it was decided to endorse in Chisinau, causes another blow to the Moldovan economy, already clogged in the corner, which can be called chisinau (chickens) . To prevent the Chisinau from becoming completely trampled, the leader of the Moldovan opposition suggested that the Parliament consider changing the several economic points of the agreement on Euro-Association.
First of all, it was proposed to change, in fact, the main points. They concern the notorious quotas, which the European Union, under the guise of supporting production in the same Moldavia, introduces in relation to Moldovan goods and services, as well as the removal of duties for most European goods.
For example: on the basis of European quotas, Moldova is entitled to duty-free sales of 20 thousand tons of grapes, 20 thousand tons of plums, 80 thousand tons of apples. For comparison: Moldova annually produces over 300 thousand tons of grapes ...
At the same time, the quota rules stipulate that European companies are ready to purchase "lots of homogeneous fruits and vegetables in volumes from 3-x thousand tons". So, the German company "Eurofruct" not so long ago decided to "test" Moldovan table grapes, requesting "homogeneous products" in 3 thousands of tons from a single supplier. Either the Germans decided to play a trick on a small state, or they were not really aware of the fact that today’s Moldavia simply does not have a large agrofirm that can afford to grow quite impressive homogeneous batches (one variety under the same conditions) of agricultural products on a stable basis.
In general, “Eurofruct” German did not wait for the requested amount of Moldovan fruit for the simple reason that small producers by European standards prevail in Moldova, trying to sell the product in relatively small batches. But they are not ready to cooperate with small Moldovan (and Georgian too) manufacturers from the EU, as they, in turn, are not ready to ensure stable full-scale deliveries for the ordered volumes. And to cooperate with everyone at once is too big a headache for European business, given the fact that Moldovan peasant farms tend to close recently often due to the almost total lack of support from the state.
So it turns out that quotas (on the example of “fruit”) are generally ridiculous, but for the same Moldavia even this possibility turns out to be difficult to implement.
Moreover, Europe demands from Tbilisi and Chisinau the transition to European standardization of product quality. Even if the Moldovan grapes have excellent quality, then for Europe these are just words. And we need paper - certificates from European standards institutes. If you collect all the EU norms that he intends to introduce for Moldova and Georgia from 1 July, then this number is really astronomical - 20 with more than thousands of standards: literally from the size of boxes and boxes for fruits to what clips are used in the production of these boxes .. And yet - the nomenclature for the use of fertilizers in the cultivation of agricultural products, the rate of fuel consumption during agricultural work. In other words - if the tractor has too much exhaust in the field - I'm sorry, the citizens of Georgians and Moldovans, but your production grown on this field is no longer suitable for us (Europeans), even if it is three times homogeneous ...
Only in the coming 2 of the year it is necessary to spend over 1,5 billion euros for standardization of Chisinau and Tbilisi! That is, on paper from the EU and on the maintenance of the army of European bureaucrats ...
But the Europeans themselves without any “Moldovan and Georgian” standards from 1 July have the opportunity to flood the markets of these two countries with impressive volumes of their products with the gradual reduction of duties to zero. One gate play? Yes ... But the current Moldovan and Georgian authorities are ready to play such a game. But who will ask them something ... Puppies are not asked - they are pulled by strings.
And if the twitching of the strings continues, then there is a version that in five years Moldova and Georgia will be transformed from importers, for example, grapes and wine into importers of these goods. Well, it’s like Bulgaria, which is now buying Bulgarian pepper from the Dutch ... But in the EU! But the lace panties ... But against the "hybrid threats"!
In general, Viva, European integration! ..