The EU-Moldova Association Agreement was signed on 27 June 2014 and entered fully into force on 1 July 2016.
The institutional, general and final provisions of the EU Association Agreement with Moldova (Article 442) stipulates the establishment of a Civil Society Platform tasked with promoting regular meetings of representatives from the civil societies of both parties, "in order to keep them informed of, and gather input for, the implementation of this Agreement". Thus, the Platform complements the political bodies existing within the framework of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement and allows civil society organisations from both sides to monitor the implementation process from the point of view of civil society, and prepare its recommendations to the relevant authorities.
The membership of the Platform is stipulated in Article 442: "it shall consist of representatives of civil society, on the side of the EU, including members of the EESC, and representatives of civil society on the side of the Republic of Moldova."
The EU-Moldova Civil Society Platform was established on 10 May 2016 and has members on both sides. On the EU side, it comprises EESC members and members from European civil society networks (Eurochambres, BusinessEurope, ETUC, Copa-Cogeca, Cooperatives Europe and the EaP Civil Society Forum).
The Platform may make recommendations to the Association Council (ministerial level); furthermore, the Association Committee (senior civil servant level) and the Parliamentary Association Committee are obliged to organise regular contacts with its representatives to obtain their views on the attainment of the objectives of the Association Agreement (Article 443).