CSO representatives elaborate policy recommendations for a more inclusive society in Moldova

On May 24–25 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 second Regional Dialogue in the framework of the project “Promoting civil society and interethnic dialogue in the Republic of Moldova in the context of the EU associ­ation process (CIVID)”.

The two-day workshop was attended by around 30 partic­i­pants from different ethnic commu­nities and regions in the Republic of Moldova, including experts from civil society, academia and business environment, youth as well as repre­sen­ta­tives of central and local public author­ities. The purpose of the event was to foster the discussion on how to strengthen social cohesion in Moldova and to jointly elaborate practical solutions for a more inclusive society in the fields of education, media, socio-economic partic­i­pation and the EU-Moldova Associ­ation Agreement.

The first day offered stake­holders and decision-makers from the Ministry of Education, the Agency for Interethnic Relations and the OSCE the oppor­tunity to outline the efforts already under­taken by government author­ities and inter­na­tional partners in strength­ening interethnic relations in Moldova, such as the special Government Strategy and a respective Action Plan, but also to criti­cally evaluate the still remaining challenges and obstacles.

In the second part of the first day, the project experts explained the current state of affairs and addressed major problems and issues in the four thematic areas education, social and economic partic­i­pation, media and the EU-Moldova Associ­ation Agreement, in order to provide the partic­i­pants with the necessary background knowledge for the elabo­ration of specific recom­men­da­tions.

On the second day of the event, the partic­i­pants were divided into four groups according to the thematic areas. A facil­i­tator was assigned to each group to lead the discussion on and the elabo­ration of recom­men­da­tions: the topic “education” was moderated by Iulia Belanciuc, Principal Consultant at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research, the group on “economic devel­opment and social rights” was moderated by Vadim Pistrinciuc, project expert at IPIS, Maria Levcenco, journalist and expert at IPIS led the working group on “media”, while Vitalie Ponomariov, historian at the university of Cahul moderated the discussion on “the Associ­ation Agreement with the European Union”.

The key recom­men­da­tions elabo­rated by the different working groups included:


Socio-economic partic­i­pation:


EU Associ­ation Agreement:          

The event was organized in the framework of the project “Promoting civil society and interethnic dialogue in the Republic of Moldova in the context of the EU associ­ation process (CIVID)”, with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office.

The project is imple­mented over the course of 12 months and aims at fostering the interethnic dialogue and improving social cohesion in Moldova by encour­aging public discourse and devel­oping policy proposals for integration of ethnic groups in a bottom-up approach. Furthermore, the project seeks to support the imple­men­tation of the government Strategy for consol­i­dating interethnic relations in the Republic of Moldova.