Moldova has achieved significant milestones in recent years in its efforts towards democracy, transparency, and sustainable growth. These achievements have cemented its place as a strong candidate for EU membership and as a trusted partner in the region.
Moldova's dedication to democratic principles has earned it the title of a "democratic bright spot" by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA). This recognition places the country among the top 25% of countries globally, excelling in areas such as social rights, equality, and media integrity. Additionally, The Economist's Democracy Index has upgraded Moldova from "hybrid regimes" to "flawed democracies" in 2021, with further improvements in 2022.
Moldova places the fight against corruption among its top priorities. Transparency International’s 2022 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) ranked the country as one of the five most significant movers, achieving its best score in a decade. Moldova’s press freedom has witnessed a remarkable improvement, moving up 49 places on the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index in 2022.
Despite a global decline in the rule of law for the fifth consecutive year, Moldova managed to move up five places on the 2022 Rule of Law Index of the World Justice Project. This achievement further proves Moldova’s commitment to the rule of law and good governance.
Moldova has remained vigilant against Russia's hybrid techniques, including cyber-attacks, disinformation, and destabilization attempts. This resilience is further strengthened by Moldova's resourcefulness in finding alternative sources of energy and connecting to the EU's electricity and gas networks, thereby improving its energy security and reducing dependence on Russia.
To tackle energy challenges, Moldova promotes and incentivizes investments in green energy for businesses, government institutions, and individuals. This approach builds resilience and reduces operating costs in the face of energy crises and fluctuating prices.
The country's wine industry has also received international recognition, with the Fautor Winery's Fautor Negre Fetească Neagră Rara Neagră 2017 emerging as the highest-scoring red wine among 5,084 entries from 35 countries at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. With over 5,000 international awards collected in the past decade for its wines, Moldova is steadily redefining itself as Eastern Europe's premier exporter of premium wines.