3. WE&EU Awareness Workshop in Leova, Moldau

On 3 March 2020 the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) imple­mented the third EU-Awareness workshop in Leova in the framework of the project “EU Percep­tions and Reality in Moldova (WE&EU)”. The workshop was held in cooper­ation with the Institute for European Policies and Reforms (IPRE) and the Institute for Strategic Initia­tives (IPIS).

The main aim of this workshop was to offer a forum to inform about the EU Associ­ation Agreement in order to counter existing myths and miscon­cep­tions and misper­cep­tions as well as to highlight the benefits of local and regional projects funded by the EU. About twenty people from the stake­holder and civil society community as well as young students partic­i­pated in the debate.

In the first part of the workshop the partic­i­pants were informed about the most signif­icant details of the EU-Moldova Associ­ation Agreement. While giving an overview of the imple­men­tation of the agreement over the last five years, success stories of projects supported by the EU were highlighted (IPRE-Video and IPIS-Video). In the second part, factsheets on visa liber­al­ization and the potential free trade agreement were presented and discussed in order to reveal general misper­cep­tions concerning these issues. Furthermore, it was explained how regional devel­opment in Moldova could benefit by the use of EU-funds and inter-community cooper­ation. This was illus­trated by the case of LEADER and its local action groups which play a signif­icant role in promoting civil society and its cooper­ation with local author­ities. The workshop concluded with a discussion on ways to strengthen local commu­nities and to augment their capac­ities to act in the future.

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. It promotes the 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 associ­ation 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.