[holding answer 16 December 2008]: The UK has a visa regime in place for visitors from Moldova. The EU-Moldova visa facilitation agreement entered into force on 1 January 2008. It was concluded under an element of the Schengen acquis in which the UK does not participate. The agreements do, however, contain provisions recommending that the UK concludes bilateral visa-facilitation agreements. Although the UK is under no formal obligation, we intend to do so however, formal negotiations have yet to commence with Moldova.