At present, Moldova has no emergency oil stocks. The country has drafted a Law on creating and maintaining a minimum level of oil product stocks.
Moldova is currently lacking legislation concerning the release of emergency oil stocks.
Fuel specifications of petrol, diesel and gas oil for NRMM
Fuel specifications of petrol, diesel and gas oil for non-road mobile machinery (NRMM)
Moldova’s legal framework sets the requirements for the quality of petrol and diesel, which meet the Fuel Quality Directive’s specifications. Gas oil used for NRMM is not covered.
Monitoring compliance and reporting
Monitoring compliance and reporting including the lay down the rules on penalties
In 2019, the Ministry established a working group to ensure the preparation and publication of national data on monitoring the quality of petrol and diesel in accordance with the legislation. The first such report is expected to be elaborated by the end of August 2021. Fines for not meeting the quality standards are defined in the Penalty Code of 2008.
State of compliance
Moldova does not maintain emergency oil stocks as required by the Oil Stocks Directive. The country has drafted a Law on creating and maintaining a minimum level of oil product stocks in 2017. The draft Law has been adapted to meet the new requirements of Directive (EU) 2018/1581 as regards the methods for calculating stockholding obligations. At the time of publication of this report, the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure had planned to submit the draft Law for stakeholder consultation and then to submit it for adoption to the Government and Parliament by the first quarter of 2021.
The quality of fuels on the Moldovan market is regulated by the Government Decision of 2019, which amended a previous decision from 2002. The legal framework conforms with the Fuel Quality Directive to a large extent. Should gas oil used for non-road mobile machinery (NRMM) be present on the domestic market, an additional governmental decision(s), amending the Decision of 2002, should follow.