1\. Introduction 3 2\. The Setting – the Republic of Moldova between State
Fragmentation, Stalled Democratic Reforms and Economic Under-Development 8 3\.
Targeting State Institutions – Effective Government as a Key Objective of EU
Involvement in the Republic of Moldova 11 4\. Targeting Civil Society –
Elements of Effective and Democratic Governance in the EU’s Approach towards
the Republic of Moldova after 2003 14 5\. Targeting Conflict Resolution,
Strengthening Trade and Combating Corruption – the EU-Moldova Action Plan
2005-08 17 6\. Rethinking Good Governance – the European Neighbourhood and
Partnership Instrument in the Republic of Moldova 23 7\. Concluding Remarks 24
8\. Literature 29
The promotion of good governance in its neighborhood has become one of the
main pillars of the European Union’s foreign policy during the last decade.
The European Security Strategy adopted in December 2003 explicitly mentions
the need for the EU to support the development of good governance in its
Eastern and Mediterranean neigh-bourhood (European Council 2003). This
objective was reiterated by the Strategy Pa-per for the European Neighbourhood
Policy (ENP), which points out that good gover-nance constitutes one of the
areas of “mutual commitment” for the new partnership between Brussels and the
countries in its Eastern and Southern vicinity (European Commission 2004a: 3).
Consequently, the European Commission (EC) underlined this aspect in its
proposal for the establishment of a new financing instrument - the European
Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument - for projects in states included in
the ENP (European Commission 2004b: 12).
Promoting good governance in the Republic of Moldova
the approach of the European Union
Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften
Otto-Suhr-Institut für Politikwissenschaft / Arbeitsstelle Europäische Integration, Jean Monnet Chair
Berliner Arbeitspapier zur Europäischen Integration