By the promotion of eco-labelling in the framework of EU4Environment programme the Republic of Moldova will align to the EU requirements and procedures in the domain.
Public procurement, which represents up to 20% of the Gross Domestic Product in Eastern European and Caucasus countries, offers a largely untapped opportunity to drive businesses and domestic markets towards innovation and increased sustainability. Shifting that spending towards more sustainable goods and services can generate positive social, environmental, and economic results such as poverty reduction, improved equity, reduced Green House Gas emissions and increased energy and resource efficiency. Sustainable Public Procurement is thus emerging as key policy instrument to support sustainable development and leverage an inclusive green economy transition.
Consumer information tools, such as ecolabelling, can be used by producers to manage their production processes more sustainably and improve their sustainability performance over time. At the same time, consumer information is a tool for consumers to make informed choices around product purchase, use and end of life.
Under the EU – funded “EU4Environment” Programme, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) aims to strengthen the capacity of the Republic of Moldova on sustainable public procurement and eco-labelling. This will be achieved through the provision of technical assistance, advisory services and capacity development, including trainings to policy makers, procurement practitioners, businesses, and business associations and Small and Medium Enterprises, as well as NGOs and other stakeholders.
Subsequently, on 18 December 2020 a workshop was organised within the EU4Environment Programme , with the support of UNEP, Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure, Ministry of Agriculture Regional Development and Environment, and EcoContact. During the workshop, the project team presented the status and current situation in this area pertaining to the Republic of Moldova, as well as the experience of UNEP, the EU and Norway and set the priorities and upcoming plans for the promotion of eco-labelling in the Republic of Moldova.