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.