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Phone: + 49 30 44 652 970
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Bilateral Relationship

Moldova-German Bilateral Relationship


The Federal Republic of Germany acknowledged the independence of the Republic of Moldova on December 14, 1991, and the diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on April 30, 1992. The opening of the diplomatic missions – of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chişinău, on November 2, 1992, and of the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova in Bonn, on March 28, 1995, - definitively confirmed both states' interest for the extension and deepening of the bilateral collaboration.

Since then the Moldovan-German relations have strengthened the friendship and good understanding of both sides. The Republic of Moldova deeply acknowledges Germany’s assistance within international and European organizations, particularly in the process of implementing democratic and economic reforms for the purpose of the country's European integration. Germany played an important role in the adherence of the Republic of Moldova to the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe, the World Trade Organization, in the invitation forwarded to our country to the European Conference, as well as in the drafting and endorsement of the Action Plan: Republic of Moldova – European Union. To this end, of critical importance was the May 6, 2004 Bundestag motion ‘Supporting Moldova’s Way towards Reunification and Democratization’, which lays out four key goals of the German and European policy with regard to Moldova, notably democratic and rule-of-law consolidation, sustainable economic growth, Transnistrean conflict resolution, and further entrenched relations between Moldova and the European Union. It is to be underlined the support of the German experts in the framework of the Border Assistance Mission of the EU on the Moldovan-Ucrainean frontier starting with December 2005.

The bilateral political contacts have been intense and productive. Of critical importance to developing a strong partnership was the visit to Germany of the Moldovan president, Mircea Snegur, in 1995. That visit cemented the legal basis of the Moldo-German relations, by signing the Common Declaration on Collaboration Principles between the Republic of Moldova and the Federal Republic of Germany, as well as other bilateral agreements. The political dialogue has been upheld through mutual visits of multiple official delegations with the aim of further improving bilateral ties:

  • April 1993 – working visit to Germany of Mr Nicolae Ţâu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the RM;
  • July 1993 – working vizit to the RM of Mr H.Schäfer, State Minister of the Foreign Office of Germany,
  • October 1995 – official visit to Germany of Mr Mircea Snegur, President of the RM;
  • February 1997 – visit to Germany of the parliamentary delegation headed by Mr Dumitru Diacov, President of the Parliament of the RM;
  • October 1997 – working visit to Germany of Mr Nicolae Tăbăcaru, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the RM;
  • November 1997 – participation of the Moldovan delegation headed by Mr Petru Lucinschi, President of the RM, to the „Presentation of the Republic of Moldova” in Frankfurt on Main;
  • October 1998 – participation of the Moldovan delegation headed by Mr Oleg Stratulat, Deputy Prime Minister of the RM, to the „Days of Culture” of the Republic of Moldova in Germany;
  • November 1998 – participation of Mr Petru Lucinschi, President of the RM, to the International Conference Europa Forum in Berlin;
  • June 1999 – participation of Mr Nicolae Tăbăcaru, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the RM, to the Ministerial Conference on the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe in Köln;
  • September 1999 – participation of Mr Dumitru Diacov, President of the Parliament of the RM, to the Conference of Presidents of Parliaments of member states of the Council of Europe and of Group G8, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the German Parliament foundation, in Berlin;
  • May 2000 – working visit to Berlin of Mr Nicolae Tăbăcaru, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the RM;
  • May-June 2000 – participation of the Moldovan delegation headed by Mr Dumitru Braghiş, Prime Minister of the RM, to the opening ceremony of the World Exhibition EXPO 2000 in Hannover;
  • August 2000 – participation of Mr Petru Lucinschi, President of the RM, to the ceremony of celebrating the National Day of the Republic of Moldova in the framework of EXPO 2000 in Hannover;
  • November 2000 – working visit to Berlin of Mr Dumitru Braghiş, Prime Minister of the RM, to attend the International Conference „Europe in the XXIst century”;
  • January 2001 – visit to Chişinău of Mr Friedbert Pflüger, President of the Parliamentary Commission for European Affairs of the German Bundestag;
  • May 2001 – working visit to Chişinău of Mr Gert Weisskirchen, Deputy in the Federal German Parliament, Foreign Policy Speaker of the Social Democratic Party, responsible for the relations with the RM;
  • June 2001 – documentary visit to the RM of Mr Wolfgang Gehrcke, Deputy in the Federal German Parliament, Deputy President of the Parliamentary Fraction of the Democratic Socialism Party;
  • July 2001 - visit to Chişinău of Mr Christoph Zöpel, State Minister of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany;
  • February 2002 – participation of Mr Nicolae Dudău, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the RM, to the 38th International Conference on Security Policy in München;
  • September 2003 – working visit to Berlin of Mr Nicolae Dudău, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the RM;
  • October 2003 - visit to the RM of Mr Ralf Schütte, Head of the territorial division of the Federal Foreign Office, for the participation to the Conference “The Republic of Moldova on its way towards the European Union”, organized by the Bertelsmann Foundation;
  • January 2004 – participation of the Moldovan delegation, headed by Mr Mihai Camerzan, Deputy President of the Parliament of the RM, including Mr Nicolae Dudău, Minister of Foreign Affairs, to the International Conference „A European perspective for the Republic of Moldova”, in Niederpoecking, Bavaria, organized in cooperation with the Federal Foreign Office and the South-Eastern Europe Society;
  • April 2004 – visit to Berlin of Mr Andrei Stratan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the RM, for the participation to the OSCE Conference on Antisemitism;
  • June-July 2004 – Moldovan-German consultations on the modified FACE Treaty and the Istanbul Commitments. The Moldovan delegation, headed by Mr Vasile Şova, Minister of Reintegration, including Mrs Eugenia Kistruga, Prime Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, had a range of meetings with German officials;
  • September 2004 – visit to Chişinău of Mrs Claudia Nolte, responsible for the relations with Moldova in the German Bundestag, during which Mrs Nolte met the President of RM, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, deputies and representatives of various political parties and non-governmental organizations;
  • November 2004 – visit to Berlin of the parliamentary delegation of the RM, headed by Mr Vadim Mişin, Deputy President of the Parliament of the RM;
  • November 2004 – visit to Germany of Mr Marian Lupu, Minister of Economy of the RM, for the participation to the Economic Forum „The Republic of Moldova presents” in Duisburg;
  • March 2005 – visit to the Republic of Moldova of 15 German representatives of the OSCE, among which Mrs Claudia Nolte, member of the Bundestag (CDU), responsible for Moldova, and of 5 German members of the Council of Europe, who took part as observers at the elections in Moldova on March 6, 2005;
  • April 2005 – visit to Berlin of Mr Vladimir Botnari, First Vice-minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova, who participated at the 8th European Police Congress;
  • April 2005 – visits to the Republic of Moldova of Mr Volker Rühe, President of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the German Bundestag, of Mr Gernot Erler, Vice-president of the SPD fraction in Bundestag, and of Mr Michael Schäfer, Political Director of the German MFA, who all participated at the International Conference “Moldova and Europe: bridging the gap”;
  • May 2005 – visit to the Republic of Moldova of Mr Erich Stather, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development;
  • June 2005 – visit to the Republic of Moldova of Mr Manfred Carstens (CDU), President of the Budget Commission of the German Bundestag;
  • June 2005 – visit to Berlin of Mrs Olga Goncearova, Director General of the Interethnical Relations Bureau of the Republic of Moldova, with the goal of evaluating the activity of the Moldovan diaspora in Germany;
  • September 2005 - visit to Berlin of Mr Vladimir Botnari, First Vice-minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova, and of Mrs Valentina Litvinov, Head of the National Central Interpol Bureau in Chişinău, who participated at the 74th Interpol General Assembly;
  • December 2005 – visit to the Republic of Moldova of Mr Georg Nüßlein, member of the Bundestag Committee for Economic Cooperation and Development;
  • January 2006 – visit to Berlin of Mr Anatolie Gorodenco, Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry of the Republic of Moldova, who participated at the Forum “Agricultural business in the Republic of Moldova – food and wine industry” dedicated to the Republic of Moldova.
  • March 2006 - visit to Germany of Mr Valeriu Ostalep, Vice-minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the RM;

The bilateral Moldovan-German relations have been particularly dynamic due to the official visit of the President of the Republic of Moldova, Mr Vladimir Voronin in the period 15-16 of May 2006 to Germany, during which talks with Mrs Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor, Norbert Lammert, President of Bundestag, Michael Glos, Federal Minister of Economy and Technology and Klaus Wowereit, Mayor General of the German capital were held. During the visit the President of Moldova delivered a public speech in the premises of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation dedicated to the topic „Republic of Moldova on the way to European Integration”. On May 16, the delegation led by the Chief of the State went on a trip to Stuttgart, where Mr V.Voronin met with Günther Oettinger, Prime Minister of the Land Baden-Württemberg, Peter Straub, President of the Parliament of Baden-Württemberg, and had also visited the Association of Bessarabian Germans and the DaimlerChrysler company. The official visit served a plattform to conclude two bilateral documents: Declaration on intent of cooperation between the Ministry of Economy and Commerce of the RM and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social protection FRG as well as the Protocol on the exchange of ratification instruments to the Agreement between FRG and RM on mutual promotion and protection of investments, concluded on February 28, 1994, along with the Protocol to amend this Agreement as of August 26, 2003.

There were a series of other important visits that contributed to the strengthening of bilateral relations such as:

  • August 2006 - visit to the Republic of Moldova of Mrs Eva Luise Köhler, spouse of the german President Horst Köhler, as patroness of UNICEF in the FRG;
  • September 2006 – visit to the FRG of Mr Andrei Stratan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the RM; talks with Mr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs;
  • October 2006 – visit to the Republic of Moldova of Mr Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag accompanied by Mr Manfred Grund, Secretary General of the leading parliamentary fraction CDU, responsible for Republic of Moldova.
  • May 2007 - working visit of Mr. Marian Lupu, Speaker of Moldovan Parliament, having meeting with Mr. Norbert Lammert, Chairman of the Bundestag, and participating on European Forum “Republic of Moldova - a new EU neighbour” held in Frankfurt am Main.
  • September 2007 - working visit to the Republic of Moldova of Mr. Michael Glos, Federal Minister for Economy and Technology, having meetings with Moldovan leadership and agreed with Moldovan Ministry for Economy and Trade to implement some bilateral projects.
  • October 2007 - working visit to the Republic of Moldova of Mr. Günter Gloser, State Minister for European Affairs within German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, having meetings with Moldovan leadership being appreciated consistency and consequence manner of discussing European integration issue by officials of the Republic of Moldova.
  • November 2007 - participation of Mr. Valeriu Ostalep, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and European Integration on the Conference “EU Neighbourhood Policy and the Republic of Moldova. Current achievements and New Challenges”, organised in Berlin by Moldova Institut Leipzig in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova and generously supported by the European Academy Berlin, the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.
  • February 2008 - participation of H.E. Mr. Vladimir Voronin, President of the Republic of Moldova, on 44th Munich Conference on Security Policy “The world in disarray - shifting powers - lack of strategies”.
  • March 2008 – working visit to Bonn of Mr. Gheorghe Duca, Chairman of Moldovan Science Academy, having discussions with representatives of German Ministry of Education and Research as well as with other German scientist centres regarding development of bilateral cooperation in research area.
  • May 2008 – consultations held in Berlin by Mr. Valeriu Ostalep, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and European Integration, on European integration issues.
  • October 2008 – working visit to Berlin of Mrs. Larisa Catrinici, Minister of Health of the Republic of Moldova.
  • November 2008 – Economic Forum “Moldova presents”, organized in Frankfurt am Main with participation of Mr. Igor Dodon, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, Minister for Economy and Trade.
  • November 2008 – meeting in Berlin of Mr. Igor Dodon, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, Minister for Economy and Trade, with Mr. Michael Gloss, Federal Minister for Economy of Germany, being discussed various possibilities for impulsion of the bilateral German-Moldovan economic relationship. Both officials had signed the Memorandum of Mutual Understanding on cooperation in the field of training and improvement of the managers of the Republic of Moldova’s economy enterprises.
  • November 2008 – working visit to Germany of the Mr. Valeriu Ostalep, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova, having discussions with the officials from the Federal Foreign Office, Federal Ministry of Home Affairs, Office of the Federal Chancellery and participates on a think-tank regarding European integration of the Republic of Moldova organized by the European Academy from Berlin.
  • December 2008 – scientific Conference “Cantemir within European culture”, organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova in Germany in cooperation with the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences of which member Dimitrie Cantemir was elected in 1711. Mr. Acad. Gheorghe Duca, President of Moldovan Academy of Sciences, participates on the Conference.

The Moldovan-German relations have also proven a continuous development in the economic field. Germany is one of Moldova’s key commercial partners ranking fifth in terms of the whole commercial exchange of Moldova and second amongst the EU members. The major Moldovan goods exported to the FRG are textiles, leather articles, foods, alcohol and tobacco products. The major goods imported from Germany are electronic devices and machinery, textiles, cars and spare parts, chemical products, plastic and rubber articles. Südzucker, Knauf, Metro, Steilmann, Mabanaft are just a few examples of successfully functioning German companies in the Republic of Moldova. The reciprocal interest of businessmen is confirmed by the multiple participations at fairs and exhibitions in both countries. For example such a business forums has been organized in Dusiburg (2004), in Stuttgart (2006) as well as in Frankfurt am Main (2007 and 2008).

Germany plays an important role for Moldova among the donor countries in the field of development cooperation. On the basis of the Technical Cooperation Agreement between the FRG and the RM signed on February 28, 1994, and the Financial Cooperation Agreement signed in 2000, Germany has implemented in Moldova numerous assistance projects in various fields raising more than 20 mln €. The priority fields for the technical cooperation are the lawful assistance and adapting the Moldovan legislation to the EU standards, as well as promoting small and medium-size enterprises. The priorities of financial cooperation are the social sector, the infrastructure and supporting the Private Public Partnership projects.

The cultural relations between the Republic of Moldova and Germany, best exemplified by the organization of the Days of Moldovan Culture in Germany in 1998, feature also a stable development. There Cuiltural Society ‘Moldova’ operating in Germany focuses on promoting the cultural and spiritual values of the Republic of Moldova, and September 2004 the “Society of Moldovans in Germany” was created, which unites members of the Moldovan diaspora in the FRG.

An important role in this respect is also played by the Union of Basarabean Germans, whose representatives, German nationals with Basarabean roots, who returned to Germany in the years 1939-1940, often visit our country with the aim of granting humanitarian relief, especially to the localities of their origin.

The bilateral cooperation in the field of science and education has been functioning on the basis of the 1998 Protocol. It provides for the direct collaboration between the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Moldova, as well as between the Conference of University Rectors (HRK) and the Rectors’ Council from the Republic of Moldova. Germany has thus far been consistent in offering many studying and scientific research scholarships to Moldovan students, scientists, and practitioners. An important achievement in the field can be considered the opening on March 1st, 2006 of the Cultural Institute “Moldova” in Leipzig. The purpose of this Institute, at the moment unique in the German and European area, is to promote the dialogue and the contacts with the specialized institutions in the Republic of Moldova, to support scientific research projects, to to organize scientific conferences and to implement various events in the field of education, science and culture.

The Republic of Moldova pays exceptional attention to developing its relations with Germany. It places a premium on these relations in the process of Moldova’s economic and democratic consolidation, as well as the EU integration.