Recently, the EU High Level Advisers’ Mission jointly with “Monitorul Fiscal” magazine, the Ministry of Finance and the State Tax Service organised a large-scale workshop dedicated to fiscal and customs news in the context of alignment of the national legislation to EU Directives.

The event brought together top management of the Ministry of Finance, State Tax Service, Customs Service, as well as representatives of the business environment, accounting and auditing professional associations, representatives of the banking system and other experts in the field.

In the opening of the first discussion panel, Finance Minister Petru Rotaru spoke about the Ministry’s efforts to implement changes and innovations in the customs and tax fields, in order to align them with the directives of the European Union, thus highlighting the institutional commitment to the harmonization of national legislation with the EU acquis. “Currently, the main focus is on the elaboration of the draft law on tax and customs policy for 2025, and the proposals received from all interested parties are of major importance, taking into account the impact of this law on the national economy and on the private sector”, noted the Minister of Finance.

Rodica Musteata-Staci, Director of Monitorul Fiscal magazine highlighted the importance of a coherent and easy-to-apply legislative framework, which would contribute to the voluntary compliance of taxpayers, the optimization of tax administration costs, the improvement of interaction with the public, thus having a positive impact on the correct calculation and duly payment of fiscal obligations to the state budget.

EU High Level Adviser on Customs and Tax Policy, Rosario De Blasio welcomed the efficient cooperation between the Ministry of Finance, Customs and Tax authorities, resulting in a large number of legal acts, standardized and aligned to the EU legislation, as well as in a permanent communication with the business associations and the general public. “The process of integration into the European Union requires consistency and a gradual approach. Moldova can already prepare itself for EU accession by implementing step by step the requirements foreseen in Chapter 16 of the EU Aquis – Taxation, and Chapter 29 – Customs Union, which will bring mutual benefits for the negotiating parties – the European Union and the Republic of Moldova.”

Within three discussion panels, the participants addressed several important topics regarding the implementation of EU directives on VAT and excise duties, key aspects related to the functionality of the transfer pricing concept, advantages of the new Customs Code from the perspective of import-export operations, digital solutions as a tool for business efficiency, as well as reporting of financial accounts in the context of the automatic exchange of financial account information.