2nd WE&EU Awareness Workshop in Ungheni, Moldova
On 12 December 2019 the Institut für Europäische Politik in partnership with the Institute for European Policies and Reforms (IPRE) and the Institute for Strategic Initiatives (IPIS) organized the 2nd EU awareness workshop in the framework of the WE&EU project “EU Perceptions and Reality in Moldova” in Ungheni.
The purpose of the workshop was to facilitate the transfer of factual knowledge on the EU Association Agreement and to inform participants about EU support for Moldova and funding opportunities. The event was attended by around 40 participants from Ungheni including students, teachers and young entrepreneurs.
The workshop started with an open brainstorming session on the participants’ general perceptions of and associations with the European Union and the Association Agreement to serve as a basis for the ensuing discussions. The second session of the workshop was held in a World Café format to allow participants to discuss selected topics in small groups with the project experts: the basics of the Association Agreement between the Republic of Moldova and the European Union; the impact of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA); the tangible benefits for Moldovan citizens in terms of human rights and rule of law through the provisions of the Association Agreement, as well as the Erasmus+ Program in Moldova and opportunities for students. During the third session of the workshop a representative of the EU delegation to Moldova informed the young participants about the numerous dimensions of EU support to Moldova and about specific funding opportunities within the region.
The project “WE&EU: EU Perceptions and Reality in Moldova” aims at making a substantial contribution to overcoming the societal dividing lines in Moldova regarding the EU rapprochement process by promoting informed intra-societal dialogue on the specific contents and underlying values of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement and the concrete benefits of modernising Moldova in the course of the EU rapprochement process. The project activities between July 2019 and June 2020 include citizens’ dialogues, awareness workshops, public conferences and TV debates in diverse regions such as Basarabeasca, Orhei, Nisporeni and Ungheni.
The project is kindly supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.
More information on the project can be found here.