Moldova receives the highest amount of EU aid per inhabitant of all of the EU’s eastern neighbours. We assessed whether EU aid had contributed effectively to improving the country’s public administration.
We concluded that budget support had had a limited effect. The Commission could have responded more quickly when risks materialised, and programmes were not sufficiently aligned to Moldovan strategies. The Commission did not make full use of its ability to set conditions for disbursement, and additional incentivebased funds were not fully justified.
The projects we assessed were relevant, and had delivered the expected outputs. However, they were not always well coordinated with budget support programmes, and results were not always sustainable.