WE&EU Project: Citizens from Nisporeni discuss EU support to Moldova at 2nd Dialogue Event

On 11 December 2019 the second Citizens‘ Dialogue in the framework of the project “EU percep­tions and reality in Moldova (WE&EU)” was jointly organized by the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), the Institute for European Policies and Reforms (IPRE) and the Institute for Strategic Initia­tives (IPIS). Around 40 repre­sen­ta­tives from local civil society, public author­ities, local businesses, as well as from the health and educa­tional sector partic­i­pated in the event in Nisporeni.

The purpose of the event was to foster an open and informed dialogue about the EU-Moldova Associ­ation Agreement, its specific contents and under­lying values, as well as its impact on the Moldovan economy and the benefits for citizens. The partic­i­pants had the oppor­tunity to discuss these issues in an inter­active and informal format with experts in the field. Furthermore, EU support programmes for the Republic of Moldova were presented and concrete funding oppor­tu­nities highlighted.

The discussion was centred on the impor­tance of EU support for Moldova’s modern­ization process, and the oppor­tu­nities this support offers to local businesses, public admin­is­tration and the society as a whole. The exchange of best-practices and experience, financial support for the imple­men­tation of key reforms as well as invest­ments into regional devel­opment were mentioned as positive examples in this regard. Furthermore, the EU’s emphasis on the respect for core values concerning democracy, rule of law and the protection of human rights was highlighted during the discussion as a positive key impact of the EU’s activ­ities in Moldova.

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, 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.