In view of the commitment of the Community and its Member States and the Republic of Moldova to strengthen the political and economic freedoms, which form the very foundation of the partnership, the parties believe that it is essential for the future prosperity and stability of the former Soviet Union region that the new independent states resulting from the dissolution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics , (hereafter referred to as “independent states”) should maintain and develop cooperation between them in accordance with the principles of the Helsinki Final Act and international law and in a spirit of good neighbourliness, and will do everything in its power to promote this process. This action plan was replaced in 2014 by the association programme adopted under the EU-Moldova Association Agreement, which has been the legal framework for the development of cooperation between the RM and the EU since 1 September 2014. In August 2017, the new association programme for the period 2017-2019 was approved, including short- and medium-term priorities for EU-RM cooperation. The contracting parties undertake, particularly where the Republic of Moldova has made progress in the process of economic reform, to examine the evolution of the relevant titles of this agreement, in particular Title III and Article 48, with a view to establishing a free trade area between them. The Section 82 Cooperation Council may make recommendations to the parties. These developments are achieved only by an agreement between the parties, according to their respective procedures. In 1998, the contracting parties consulted on whether the circumstances and, in particular, the progress made by the Republic of Moldova on market-oriented economic reforms and the economic conditions there at the time enabled negotiations to begin on the establishment of a free trade area. agreements to promote and protect investment between Member States and the Republic of Moldova, 1. The parties are strengthening cooperation on regional development and land use. 3.
Without prejudice to the continued cooperation provided for by this agreement, particularly under Article 76, mutual administrative assistance in customs matters between the contracting parties is provided in accordance with the provisions of the protocol attached to this agreement. Respect for democracy, the principles of international law and human rights, as defined in the Helsinki Final Act and the Paris Charter for a New Europe, as well as the principles of market economy, including those set out in the documents of the CSCE conference in Bonn, form the basis of the parties` internal and foreign policy and constitute an essential element of the partnership and agreement. As part of their respective skills and competencies, the parties cooperate to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of policies and measures to combat the illicit manufacture, supply and trafficking of narcotics and psychotropic substances, including the prevention of diversion of initial chemicals, and to promote the prevention and reduction of the demand for drugs. Cooperation in this area is based on close consultation and coordination between the parties on objectives and actions in the various areas of drugs.