Moldova Announces Labor Market Liberalization: Opening Doors to Skilled Workers and Foreign Talent

Deputy Prime Minister Dumitru Alaiba announces a new “wave” of labor market liberalization. After simplifying the procedure for obtaining the right to work for citizens of European Union countries, the Minister of Economic Development and Digitalization announces the preparation for labor market liberalization for citizens from Turkey, Armenia, Ukraine, Georgia, and the Balkan countries. According to the minister, the initiative aims to address the acute problem of the shortage of labor faced by all sectors of the economy.

The first “wave” of labor market liberalization concerns the possibility for citizens of the 27 EU member states to work in Moldova without being required to hold a valid work permit. Deputy Prime Minister Dumitru Alaiba says that in this way, the state encourages the arrival of highly skilled labor in the Republic of Moldova.

“What we are doing is opening up Moldova not only for unskilled labor but also for talents. For competent managers. This is very important. When an investor opens a company here and needs a manager he wants to bring from Romania, Germany, or Italy, their journey should not start with applying for a work permit,” said Dumitru Alaiba in the “Rezoomat” show on RliveTV.

According to the Minister of Economic Development and Digitalization, the procedure for hiring labor for citizens from Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine, and the Balkan states is also set to be simplified to ensure sectors of the economy have an adequate workforce.

“After eliminating work permits for citizens of the European Union, the next wave of openness is in progress. This means we are preparing for the liberalization of the labor market for citizens from the Balkans, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, and Turkey. From North to South, from small to large, everyone says they don’t have enough labor, and to have a growing GDP, we need more people to work for Moldovan companies, whether from here or remotely, but to work for Moldovan companies to create value for our companies,” added the Minister of Economic Development and Digitalization.

Labor market liberalization also includes simplifying the procedure for hiring foreign students in Moldova. Thus, the limit for hours of work for foreign students is increased from 10 hours per week to 30 hours per week or 1,565 hours per year.


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