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EU – MOLDOVA: STRONGER TOGETHER

EU – MOLDOVA COOPERATION NEWS JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2021


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MOBILITY AND PEOPLE

European Union and its Member States remain committed to support the 6 Republic of Moldova to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic Institutional programme on prevention measures and control of COVID-19 8 pandemic, developed with EU assistance The European Union continues to support civil society in the Republic of Moldova 10 European Awards for Civil Society – Stronger Communities

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European Union supports well-being of civil society activists during COVID-19 crisis 14 Capacity development of civil society organisations from the Republic of 15 Moldova with the support of the European Union EU grants for civil society organisations and media organisations awarded 17 within the European Union’s Local Grants Programme Y-PEER Moldova keeps its doors open thanks to the support of the European Union 19 Youth and local authorities united for a community without violence and 20 gender stereotypes EU supports local partnerships for women’s empowerment in Cahul and 22 Ungheni districts Promotion of European gender equality practices in 24 localities in Cahul and 23 Ungheni districts Students dormitory of the Agricultural College of Svetlii renovated according to 24 European standards


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35th Advisory Board-European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova 25 and Ukraine Recommendations on strengthening the access to justice for vulnerable groups 26 in the Republic of Moldova EU Ambassador Peter Michalko and the team of EU High Level Advisers had a 27 working meeting with President Maia Sandu and her advisers EUBAM continues to support its Moldovan and Ukrainian Partner Services in 29 fighting illicit firearms trafficking EU-funded Twinning project provides expertise for the development of the 31 Moldovan National Spatial Data Infrastructure Training course on money laundering investigation for Moldovan prosecutors 33 and investigators EU assistance for the development of the national platform for publishing 34 judicial data Improvement of the judicial communication with the support of the 35 European Union EU Technical Assistance to support the National Bureau of Statistics of the 36 Republic of Moldova

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ECONOMY AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

EU4Moldova: Focal regions programme launches 47 development initiatives in 39 rural communities from Cahul and Ungheni regions EU–LEADER Innovators – LAGs as role models for development of rural 42 communities 41 EU-funded Twinning AgriFood Project supports the development of the National 43 Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development 2030


Regional Forums organised by the National LEADER Network in the Republic of 45 Moldova with the support of the European Union Increasing the competitiveness of the Moldovan agri-food sector in the framework 46 of the EU project Development of Rural Areas of the Republic of Moldova Enhancing the quality and effectiveness of the Vocational Education and Training 47 system in the Republic of Moldova with the support of the European Union EU4Youth project supports the development of the legal framework for social 48 entrepreneurship in the Republic of Moldova European Investment Bank, EU’s Bank, supports business development 50 in the Republic of Moldova – EIB credit line investments supporting the development of organic horticulture businesses in Moldova

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ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT

Citizens in the north will benefit from energy efficiency projects and improved 52 water supply services – all funded by the European Union Strengthening the water supply and sanitation infrastructure in Cantemir with 54 the support of the European Union Solar energy - the inexhaustible source. EIB Fruit Garden of Moldova financed 57 6 solar systems for cold stores Citizens in the centre will benefit from energy efficiency projects and improved 59 water supply services – all funded by the European Union 17 civil society organisations, EU grants beneficiaries, shared the experience 61 of engaging in the field of solid waste management at the local level Thermal modernisation of educational institutions of Cantemir, funded by the 62 European Union, continues EU-funded thermal rehabilitation of the Gymnasium „M. Eminescu” from 64 Cantemir is nearing completion Cantemir has its own shredder for vegetable waste, purchased with EU support 65 Architectural lighting of the Museum of History and Ethnography from Călăraşi 66 with the financial support of the European Union


EU supports the creation of the Center of Excellence through piloting 68 demonstrative new energy efficiency technologies and renewable energy sources in Feșteliţa community EU4Energy: Round table for young people in Călăraşi on energy efficiency and 71 reduction of CO2 emissions 6th High Level National Round Table “GREEN ECONOMY - Made in Moldova: 73 From Green Economy to the European Green Deal” EU4Environment: First National Workshop on the Eco-Innovation Methodology 75 and EU Case Studies for the Republic of Moldova Launch of an e-learning course “Introduction to the Green Economy” in the 77 Republic of Moldova EU4Environment is facilitating green public investments in Moldova by 78 implementing the designed Clean Public Transport (CPT) Programme Meeting of the Inter-ministerial Working Group on the promotion of Sustainable 80 Development and Green Economy

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RESILIENT DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

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Date: 25-26/03/2021 – e-TRADECON

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MOBILITY AND PEOPLE

EUROPEAN UNION AND ITS MEMBER STATES REMAIN COMMITTED TO SUPPORT THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA TO OVERCOME THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC Medical supplies valuing 3.6 EUR million were provided by Czech Republic (on 12 February) and Romania (on 19 February) under the umbrella of Team Europe. The donation consisting in medical protective equipment has been provided through EU Civil Protection Mechanism as a response to the urgent call of the Government of the Republic of Moldova addressed to EU member states to reduce the pressure on the healthcare system of the country.

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In response to requests for assistance and support launched through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, under the umbrella of Team Europe, the Czech Republic donated medical and protective equipment worth 1.3 million EUR. From its stocks, the Czech Government provided the delivery of 300,000 protective masks, 100,000 gloves, 5,000 protective suits and 55 lung ventilators to be distributed to hospitals across the country. One week after the Chech Republic donation, Romania sent a 13 trucks convoy worth 2.3 million EUR. The humanitarian assistance provided by Romania consists of 1,500,000 surgical masks, 100,000 FFP3 masks, 100,000 protective suits and 100,000 gloves, which were delivered to the Republic of Moldova. So far, the European Union has provided support to the Republic of Moldova in the fight against COVID-19 worth approximately 100 million EUR in total. NEWSLETTER OF THE DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TO THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA | JANUARY – FEBRUARY, 2021

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INSTITUTIONAL PROGRAMME ON PREVENTION MEASURES AND CONTROL OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC, DEVELOPED WITH EU ASSISTANCE Six temporary placement Centres for people with disabilities approved the Institutional programme on implementation of prevention measures and control of Coronavirus infection (COVID-19). The staff of the Centres from Orhei, Hânceşti, Bălţi, Cocieri (r. Dubăsari), Bădiceni (r. Soroca) and Brânzeni (r. Edineţ) have consulted the Programme elaborated and proposed by Keystone Moldova and offered recommendations for improvement.

THE GOAL OF THE PROGRAMME is prevention and control of COVID-19 infection in residential institutions, focused on strengthening institutional and human capacities on the mediumterm response to the implementation of public health measures. THE PROGRAMME’S OBJECTIVES are: • Institutional capacity building and strengthening the skills of staff from institutions regarding the measures of prevention and control of COVID-19 infection; • Ensuring the implementation of measures of prevention and control of COVID-19 infection in residential institutions.

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Also, the Action Plan on the implementation of the Programme for the period 2020 – 2023 was approved. The institutions have made clear commitments regarding mandatory measures to prevent and control COVID-19 infection, use of protective equipment and disinfectants. The document sets out the measures taken by the administration and staff of the residential institution, measures for people with disabilities from residential institution, measures for visitors, case management of COVID-19 infection. The employees of the institutions have previously participated in a series of trainings. 17 employees participated in the Training

of Trainers; further, the participants delivered informational sessions on the implementation of measures of prevention and control of COVID-19 infection for another 453 institution employees. The activities are organised within the project „Ensuring safety and human rights of persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities in 6 residential institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic”, implemented by Keystone Moldova and funded by the European Union from the EU Rapid Response Mechanism to urgent needs of civil society in the Eastern Partnership.

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THE EUROPEAN UNION CONTINUES TO SUPPORT CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA On the 1 February 2021 a new project was launched “Local civil society contributes to the inclusive and sustainable economic development of the country”, funded by the European Union and co-financed by Sweden. The duration of the project implementation is 40 months.

The East Europe Foundation, as leading partner, together with its partners - the Contact Centre and the European Business Association, will support civil society organisations in developing three platforms to facilitate the promotion of more inclusive policies in the fields of business and employment, trade, social entrepreneurship, including 10 entrepreneurship funds that will financially support the economic activity of young NEETs; 10 CSO consortia that will design and implement inclusive employment services for vulnerable groups; 15 social enterprises, integrating vulnerable groups on the labour market and 6 regional business support centres. The project comprises four interconnected components: (1) advocacy for more inclusive trade and employment policies,

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(2) integration into employment, (3) social entrepreneurship and (4) access to the EU market. The current project aims to empower vulnerable women and men by creating sustainable economic opportunities, reap the benefits of AA / DCFTA and prepare the population for economic risk management (such as the COVID-19 pandemic) through the active involvement of civil society. The final beneficiaries of this project are vulnerable women and men from the following categories: migrant workers, young people, people with special needs, unemployed due to pandemic such as COVID-19, elderly people with special needs, etc.


The joint efforts of the implementing partners and CSOs will be focused on achieving specific results, such as: • at least 25 policy proposals will be developed and presented to the relevant authorities and supported by CSOs; • at least 15 sustainable social enterprises developed with the support of the project; • at least 10 CSO consortia created, which implement joint initiatives aimed at facilitating the learning and employment of vulnerable groups; • consolidated capacities of 6 business support centres in the development of the value chain of SMEs in the region; • at least 200 SMEs supported by business support centres; • at least 10 youth entrepreneurship funds provide support for business creation and development for at least 60 youth-run enterprises; • at least 20 local companies ensure the quality of their own products, access financing and manage to export to the EU.

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EUROPEAN AWARDS FOR CIVIL SOCIETY – STRONGER COMMUNITIES Three Moldovan NGOs received the European Awards for Civil Society – Stronger Communities, offered by the EU Delegation, on 11 February 2021. This was the second awarding event organised in the framework of the information campaign “EU-Moldova: Together for a stronger society”, dedicated to the civil society organisations, which have managed by their activity to create stronger local communities.

Thereby, „European Awards for Civil Society – Stronger Communities” were awarded to representatives of civil society organisations, for the results obtained at local and country level, as follows: Stronger Society Award (“Femeia şi Copilul – Protecţie şi Sprijin” Association, Criuleni/ „Woman and Child – Protection and Support”), Stronger Economy Award (Business Support Center Orhei), the Award for the Promotion of Gender Equality („Casa Speranţelor” Association”, Soroca/ House of hope”).

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The event was attended by the Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova, Peter Michalko, as well as, virtually, by the Ambassadors of the EU member states. A similar event was organised in December 2020, dedicated to the associations that have achieved important results in the field of human rights. Thus, „European Awards for Civil Society - Human Rights” were offered to grassroots non-governmental organisations, for their efforts in this vital area for any society: Press Freedom Award (Nord news


portal, Bălţi), Minority Rights Protection Award („Noi-Viitorul Luminos” Association, Falesti/ We – the Bright Future), Human Security Award („Human Rights Embassy” Association) and a special award, Advocacy for the Promotion of Change („Promo-Lex” Association). The award ceremony was broadcast on the www.privesc.eu platform (the event link is here), on the Facebook page of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Moldova and on the „Împreună mai puternici” page. The event is part of the information campaign „EU-Moldova: Together for a stronger society”, being dedicated to the civil society and human rights and was followed by an online media event with participation of national and regional mass media.

The European Union currently supports 28 large projects implemented in the Republic of Moldova, by civil society organisations, in the total amount of EUR 22 million, which is 5% of the total volume of EU assistance to the Republic of Moldova. Thanks to these projects, more than 1 000 vulnerable people benefit from 42 social services available to them in different localities. In addition, more than 800 vulnerable people enjoy free services and products generated by more than 15 social enterprises (including six that are established on the left bank of Nistru river), which have created 59 jobs for disadvantaged people. At the same time, more than 70 small businesses started by young people were financed, which generated 84 jobs. The initiatives have enabled these people to improve their quality of life and a better inclusion into their communities.

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EUROPEAN UNION SUPPORTS WELL-BEING OF CIVIL SOCIETY ACTIVISTS DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

Employees of civil society organisations in the Republic of Moldova have been exposed to additional risk of COVID-19 and high stress levels, due to intensified interaction with their beneficiaries during the pandemic. Services for marginalised and vulnerable people (for example, drug users, sex workers, people with HIV, people with disabilities) could not be interrupted, as they are a lifeline for them. To help civil society activists maintain their mental health, ERIM (former IREX Europe), provided psychosocial support under the project „COVID 19: Civil Society Resilience and Sustainability” funded by the European Union. The Alliance for Public Health in Tiraspol received such support and it helped their employees to reduce their levels of accumulated stress through an anti-burnout training session, individual psychotherapy sessions, and the installation of a chill out space in the office. The COVID-19 pandemic has also turned the work of the Social Support Center Trinity in Rîbniţa upside down. The organisation had to reconsider their usual work schedule and develop new mechanisms for interacting with beneficiaries, such as online consultations.

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Employees of the Social Support Center Trinity improve their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing during an art therapy session


CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT OF CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS FROM THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION ‘Civil Society Organisation Capacity Development’ is a project implemented by ERIM (former IREX Europe) with the financial support of the European Union. The project aims to strengthen civil society organisations from the Republic of Moldova and improve their operational and organisational capacity. In 2020, six small-to-medium sized organisations were selected for the organisational development programme. The programme involves two main stages: initial in-depth organisational assessment followed by the implementation of the organisational action plans elaborated by each organisation. Both these stages are run in a participatory manner with the support of ERIM capacity development consultant.

Picture from the archive of the Association of Librarians from the Republic of Moldova

The Association of Librarians from the Republic of Moldova (ABRM) is one of the six organisations that are part of the programme. After an initial in-depth organisational evaluation, the Association set its priorities, starting to implement the action plan elaborated with the support of ERIM and experienced national consultants. As a first step after the evaluation process, in December 2020, ABRM began to adjust and update its internal documents. In this context, for the first time in 26 years since it was first established, the Association amended its Statutes which now fully reflect its aims, objectives, mission and vision.

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Currently, the Association is developing and adjusting the internal regulation in order to ensure that it is in line with existing best practices, as well as national legal standards. Within the same capacity development programme, at the beginning of February 2021, a participatory strategic planning process was initiated with other 3 selected organisations, namely A.O. “Viaţa fără Leucemie” (“Life without Leukemia”) and A.O. “Centrul de Drept al Avocaţilor” (“Law Center of Lawyers”) from Chişinău and A.O. “Primăvara care ne uneşte” (“Spring that unites us”) from Bălţi. The aim of the participatory strategic planning process is to ensure that the three organisations establish their internal priorities in line with their mission and vision based on the results of the initial needs assessment and taking into account external trends as well as risks. As a result, a strategic document supported by a realistic and tangible action plan will help the organisations to fulfil realistic indicators in the coming years. By the end of March, the three organisations are expected to adopt their three-year strategic plans and start implementing the associated action plans with the support provided by ERIM.

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EU GRANTS FOR CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS AND MEDIA ORGANISATIONS AWARDED WITHIN THE EUROPEAN UNION’S LOCAL GRANTS PROGRAMME GIZ and implementing partner organisations have completed the selection process of the second call for project proposals under the European Union’s Local Grants Programme (LGP). Following an extensive administrative, technical-financial evaluation process, as well as field visits and online meetings with applicant organisations, the EU approved 29 projects to be awarded grants. Civil society organisations and media organisations from the north, centre, south and ATU Gagauzia development regions, will implement projects in total amount of approx. 622,800 EUR.

The Local Grants Programme aims to empower the citizens of the Republic of Moldova to participate in local decisionmaking actively and constructively on sustainable development (economic,

social, and environmental) and local service delivery in their communities. The full list of projects, geographical coverage and other details can be found by accessing the links below: NEWSLETTER OF THE DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TO THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA | JANUARY – FEBRUARY, 2021

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Region / Field

Partner organisation

Approved project proposals

North Development Region

AO „Pro Cooperare Regională” in partnership 4 project proposals with AO „CASMED”

Centre Development Region

Association for Efficient and Responsible Governance AGER in partnership with AO Agency for Regional Development “Habitat”

South Development Region

CRAION CONTACT-Cahull

3 project proposals

ATU Gagauzia Development Region

European Center “Pro-Europe” in Comrat in partnership with CONTACT Center

1 project proposal

Media and Communication

Association of Independent Press API

7 project proposals

On 9 February 2021, in Străşeni and Călăraşi, EU Ambassador Peter Michalko had the opportunity to meet the civil society organisations and hand over the grants’ certificates to the new selected grants beneficiaries from these districts. Like those from the first call, the winning organisations will benefit from training and exchange of experience and good practices, organised by GIZ and its partners. Thus, following the two calls within the LPG, 105 local and media projects are financed, in a total amount of 2.6 million EUR. The projects aim to involve citizens and civil society organisations in decisionmaking processes, monitoring investment

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projects in the field of water supply and sewerage, waste management, energy efficiency, and increasing the level of information and awareness of related environmental issues and climate change. The Local Grants Programme is launched on the basis of the Single Support Framework of the European Union (EU), to the Republic of Moldova (2017-2020) under the European Neighbourhood Instrument, through the project “Citizens’ empowerment in the Republic of Moldova” (2019-2021), funded by the EU and implemented by the German Development Cooperation through GIZ (GIZ Moldova) in partnership with API.


Y-PEER MOLDOVA KEEPS ITS DOORS OPEN THANKS TO THE SUPPORT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION With over 100 social theatre performances in 15 locations across the Republic of Moldova, the Youth Network of Peer Educators `Peer to Peer` (Y-PEER Moldova) has continued working closely with young people even during the challenging 2020. Y-PEER Moldova is one of the largest youth networks in the country, being present in 33 schools in both rural and urban areas. Their 300 peer educators, 60 teacher trainers and 100 young trainers promote a healthy lifestyle, youth leadership and participation in decision-making at school and community level. They are a strong organisation but even they struggled at the beginning of March 2020. Fortunately, the regional project “COVID 19: Civil Society Resilience and Sustainability” funded by the European Union and implemented by ERIM (formerly IREX Europe), enabled Y-PEER Moldova to keep their office running and adapt their work to

Alina Ciobanu (holding the diploma) and her team at the Y-PEER Moldova office.

the post pandemic environment by making their office safe and compliant with new health regulations. On 23-29 November Y-Peer Moldova organised the Final National Festival of Social Theatre 2020 which tackled topics on young people’s minds such as lack of information about sexual and reproductive health, and lack of extracurricular activities, which can lead to substance abuse among youth. As part of the festival awards were given to 15 teams of young people for the most powerful message and the best performance. The participants shared the challenges they encountered and how they overcame them, what lessons they learned.

“This is my first participation that offered me both a unique experience and an education in online communication. With the help and suggestions offered by the Y-PEER Moldova team, we improved our qualities as actors. The most important thing is that we enjoyed this process of identifying an idea, presenting the problem through a play that would be understood by everyone. I was also amazed by the fact that in this Festival, all age groups participated, both young children, teenagers and adults. … we realized that we are all so different, but at the same time so creative and original. The pandemic did not stop us from reaching our goals,” said Alina Ciobanu, Festival participant from Floreşti.

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YOUTH AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES UNITED FOR A COMMUNITY WITHOUT VIOLENCE AND GENDER STEREOTYPES Over 30 young people have participated in a discussion on gender stereotypes, girl’s and boy’s rights, free choice, and equal opportunities. The event was organised by EVA Project „Promoting gender equality in Cahul and Ungheni districts”, financed by European Union, and implemented by UN Women in partnership with UNICEF.

In Zîrneşti village, Cahul district, the first public discussion „Gender equality – equal chances”, took place within the „Youth and local authorities united for a community without violence and gender stereotypes” project, implemented by Media Centre for Youth.

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In the near future, Media Centre for Youth will also organise public discussions on gender equality in other areas in the Republic of Moldova. These activities are a part of the „Youth and local authorities united for a community without violence and gender stereotypes”, a project which


will be implemented by Media Centre for Youth, between 2021-2022. In 2021, the Media Centre for Youth team will reach to 14 localities in Cahul and Ungheni districts, where two public discussions on gender equality will be organised. One - for youth, and the other one – for adult people. In 2022, the most actively involved young people from those 14 villages will be invited

to the „Media Gender Camp” summer school. Adult people will be trained and involved in writing of local initiatives for their communities. These activities are being conducted within EVA Project „Promoting gender equality in Cahul and Ungheni districts”, financed by European Union, and implemented by UN Women in partnership with UNICEF.

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EU SUPPORTS LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS FOR WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT IN CAHUL AND UNGHENI DISTRICTS The Regional Assistance and Information Centre of Non-Governmental Organisations in Moldova „CONTACT-Cahul” in partnership with „Institutum Virtutes Civilis” have organised the launching event „Local partnership for women’s empowerment in Cahul and Ungheni districts”, implemented within the EVA Project „Promoting gender equality in Cahul and Ungheni districts”, financed by European Union, and implemented by UN Women Moldova in partnership with UNICEF Moldova.

The partnerships will strengthen the capacities of non-commercial organisations and other local partners from Cahul and Ungheni districts in the field of women’s rights for an active promotion of gender equality principles in local development strategies, both in decision-making, and budgetary planning processes. The partnerships launching event took place online, on 19 February 2021, containing many greetings messages from initiators and partners, as well as a presentation of project goals and activities. During the event, the representatives of LPAs from 12 partner localities in Cahul and Ungheni districts, local partners within NGOs, local initiatives teams, and women leaders have

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learned about the peculiarities and key activities of the project but also about the implementation process plans. For a good cooperation within the project, the implementing organisations, Contact-Cahul and IVC, signed trilateral agreements with partner LPAs and beneficiaries of EVA Project. They provide for authorities’ commitments to participate in the project promoting gender equality in Cahul (Slobozia Mare, Văleni, Andruşsul de Jos, Larga Nouă, comuna Zărneşti villages, and Cahul municipality), and Ungheni (Manoileşti, Zagarancea, Pârliţa and Măcăreşti communes, Rădenii Vechi village, and Ungheni municipality).


PROMOTION OF EUROPEAN GENDER EQUALITY PRACTICES IN 24 LOCALITIES IN CAHUL AND UNGHENI DISTRICTS Altogether, 12 more localities in Ungheni and Cahul have become partners of the EVA Project „Promoting gender equality in Cahul and Ungheni districts”, funded by the European Union. During 2021-2022, UN Women Moldova and UNICEF Moldova, with financial support from European Union, will assist 24 localities in Cahul and Ungheni districts in applying European experience in promoting gender equality, in women’s empowerment by gender mainstreaming in local public practices but also in efficient combating of domestic violence against girls, women, and boys.

February 2021, 12 more localities became members of partnership team within EVA Project. Thus, 24 mayor’s offices in Cahul and Ungheni districts will apply best European practices in promoting gender equality and efficient fighting against domestic violence.

Domestic violence and gender-based violence is insufficiently approached, and members of multidisciplinary teams encounter a number of limitations which reduce an efficient and coordinated response to cases of violence. These factors, along with gender stereotypes in the community, and reduced trust in public services, often discourage women and children to report cases of violence. The priority of the EVAW Project „Promoting gender equality in Cahul and Ungheni Districts” is to offer equal opportunities to women and men, and to ensure respect for women’s and children’s integrity.

Pirlita, Radenii Vechi, Sculeni, Tescureni, Valea Mare, Zagarancea, Andrusul de Jos, Alexanderfeld, Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Baurci-Moldoveni, Cucoara, Larga Noua, Pelinei, Slobozia Mare, Vadul lui Isac, Valeni and Zirnesti will elaborate activities to transform Cahul and Ungheni districts into true champions of gender equality.

The first 12 localities were selected in December 2020 after a public call, and in

Local public authorities, along with multidisciplinary teams, schools, businesses from the Cornesti town, Cornesti village, Costuleni, Manoilesti, Macaresti,

Also, within the EVA Project „Promoting gender equality in Cahul and Ungheni districts, a specialised service aimed at supporting victims of sexual violence will be established. In parallel, gender-based violence in schools’ prevention programs, as well as awareness raising, and zero tolerance activities towards violence in communities will be conducted. NEWSLETTER OF THE DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TO THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA | JANUARY – FEBRUARY, 2021

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STUDENTS DORMITORY OF THE AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE OF SVETLII RENOVATED ACCORDING TO EUROPEAN STANDARDS Quality vocational training in horticulture – an objective increasingly addressed by sectoral policy and the EU. The first part of investments for upgrading the Agricultural Technical College of Svetlii facilitated by the European Investment Bank (EIB) through the Fruit Garden of Moldova Project was successfully implemented. 110,319 EUR out of a total Investment Project of 1.2 million EUR have been invested into the College’s dormitory as part of the overall goal of a high-quality education tailored to the needs of the labour market. The dormitory, with the possibility of accommodating 100 students and teachers of the institution, has been equipped with everything necessary for a comfortable life. We are talking about beds, cabinets, shelves, tables, chairs, refrigerators, stoves as well as technical spaces with washing machines and tumble dryers. This investment is in fact a promotion for the more than 500 students in the different agricultural specialties, thus making the institution more attractive for both students and young specialists, who work as teachers or technical staff. A good example is the English teacher, Maria Evoglu, who previously had to commute 15 km a day or Constantin Zîrnescu, a teacher of technical subjects and a former graduate of this college. The young couple Radion Caraseni, a College teacher, and his wife Ecaterina can now live together, and Radion must no longer travel every day or think about changing the job. The improved living conditions are highly appreciated by students. They are immediately noticeable and represent, in addition to quality studies, a business card for the institution.

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An AgroTV reportage confirms: The EIB financed dormitory rooms have everything needed to study well (Picture: Dan Codreanu, 2020) Foto: Un reportaj al AgroTV confirmă: căminele finanțate de BEI asigură tot necesarul pentru ca elevii să studieze bine (Imagine: is Danthe Codreanu, This initial investment first2020) stage of a

whole series of investments that will follow: The establishment of a demonstration orchard of 3 ha, the planting of a shelter belt, the creation of a mini-facility for sorting and storing horticultural products, the construction of a workshop for the repair and maintenance of horticultural machinery, the purchase of and a weather station and the construction of a hangar to keep machinery safe and in good condition. All these investments were drawn up according to the felt needs of the institution. The Technical Assistance to the Fruit Garden of Moldova project, implemented by AFC Agriculture and Finance Consultants greatly contributed to facilitating the process of developing the concepts for the different investments by providing assistance in various forms, such as study visits, advisory and technical expertise.


INSTITUTIONS AND GOOD GOVERNANCE

35TH ADVISORY BOARD-EUROPEAN UNION BORDER ASSISTANCE MISSION TO MOLDOVA AND UKRAINE On 28 January 2021, the European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine held its 35th Advisory Board Meeting. Representatives of the Foreign Ministries, border, customs and law enforcement agencies of the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, the European Union Delegations to the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, the International Organization for Migration, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and United Nations Development Programme joined the meeting virtually. Head of EUBAM, Mr Slawomir Pichor, briefed the participants on the activities accomplished by the Mission together with its Partner Services under the influence of the evolving coronavirus pandemic, since September 2020 when the Board previously met, as well as on the activities planned till 30 November 2021.

chaired the meeting where the participants gave valuable insights on how the Mission could further contribute to an inclusive dialogue between Chisinau and Tiraspol, supporting the expansion of joint control along Moldova-Ukraine state border, and preventing, detecting and investigating crossborder crimes.

The European Union Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova, H.E. Peter Michalko,

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RECOMMENDATIONS ON STRENGTHENING THE ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR VULNERABLE GROUPS IN THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA On 20 January 2021 representatives of the national partners, international organisations and NGOs actively engaged in promoting the protection of vulnerable categories of people and their rights met in an online event to discuss the expert Report on strengthening the access to justice for vulnerable groups in in the Republic of Moldova. The event was oganised by the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) Project, financed by the European Union.

The meeting provided the opportunity to reiterate what are the international and regional standards and to present the current situation at national level, as well as the expert recommendations with regard to improving the access to justice, specifically the access to courts, for vulnerable groups – victims of discrimination, persons with disabilities, women, children, etc. A particular attention has been payed to the challenges faced in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis and the specific

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recommendations in this respect. The discussions highlighted the main issues to which vulnerable groups are confronted regarding the access to justice and possible institutional and legislative improvements to be implemented in view of ensuring equal access to judicial services for all citizens. This activity is designed to facilitate access to courts to all categories of people without discrimination through increasing the knowledge and understanding of the judiciary of this very sensitive topic.


EU AMBASSADOR PETER MICHALKO AND THE TEAM OF EU HIGH LEVEL ADVISERS HAD A WORKING MEETING WITH PRESIDENT MAIA SANDU AND HER ADVISERS The Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova, H.E. Peter Michalko and the team of EU High Level Advisers (HLA) held a first working meeting with President Maia Sandu and her cabinet on 6 February. The main topic on the agenda was the state of play in the sectors of EU HLAs’ intervention and the priorities for cooperation in this respect.

President Sandu stated that ‘the European Union via this project supports our institutions building their capacities and contributing to the implementation of reforms. At the same time, we have agreed to maintain an active dialogue for a consolidated approach of sector issues,’ concluded Maia Sandu.

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In their turn, the EU High Level Advisers currently operational in the Republic of Moldova – in the sectors of Anti-Money Laundering and Asset Recovery, Anticorruption, Confidence Building Measures, Education and Research, Energy, Financial Services, Justice and Prosecution, Local Public Administration Reform – listed the key aspects to be taken into consideration in their respective areas, as well as suggestions for necessary actions to accelerate reforms. The meeting took place in the context of the current elaboration of the EU Multiannual Indicative Programme (MIP) 2021-2027 for the Republic of Moldova, representing the main programming document outlining sector development priorities for the following seven years. The EU MIP formulation mission took place earlier this week, following the official visit of President Sandu to Brussels where she met with the highest EU representatives.

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EUBAM CONTINUES TO SUPPORT ITS MOLDOVAN AND UKRAINIAN PARTNER SERVICES IN FIGHTING ILLICIT FIREARMS TRAFFICKING On 24 February, EUBAM and representatives of law enforcement agencies from Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova, together with Europol, Frontex, OSCE and UNODC held, in a videoconference format, the third operational meeting of the Arms Working Group (AWG). The participating agencies discussed and approved the AWG Action Plan for 2021, which includes activities such as regular and

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Furthermore, the final version of the Guidebook on Controlled Delivery, prepared by EUBAM, in cooperation with the members of the AWG from the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, was introduced and approved during the meeting. The document aims at improving law enforcement and judicial cooperation between authorities involved in each of the countries, as well as knowledge of the national legislation and practices, thereby facilitating controlled deliveries as part of the joint efforts in fighting illicit firearms trafficking The European agencies, Europol and Frontex, briefed the participants on the strategic picture of illicit trafficking in weapons, ammunition and explosives in Europe with a special focus on southeastern Europe, providing operational examples. Additionally, Europol offered to conduct a theoretical training on risk analysis for the members of the AWG. OSCE representatives from Ukraine provided the AWG members with a comprehensive overview of OSCE projects in the region, giving an analytical picture of the proliferation of weapons in the area. OSCE will actively support the activities of the AWG by providing specific theoretical and practical training sessions for the law enforcement officers working in the field.

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In their turn, the representatives of the Moldovan and Ukrainian law enforcement agencies gave an overview of the situation on the ground at their common border. EUBAM briefed the participants on the results of the joint operation „ORION II” that aimed at preventing and counteracting illicit firearms trafficking in the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, including the EU external borders with the two partner countries. Although affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the operation resulted into a significant number of detentions of small arms (194 pcs.), light weapons (282 pcs.), ammunition (6,389 pcs.) and explosives (19 pcs./4,65 kg). In the end, the members of the Arms Working Group expressed their content with the output of the meeting and affirmed their faith that the future activities planned within the Group would significantly increase the international cooperation and enhance their operational capacity in counteracting this phenomenon. Note: Arms Working Group was established in December 2019, at EUBAM and its Partner Services’ initiative, and with the support of Europol, Frontex and OSCE, for enhancing the efforts of the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine in combating illicit firearms trafficking.


EU-FUNDED TWINNING PROJECT PROVIDES EXPERTISE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MOLDOVAN NATIONAL SPATIAL DATA INFRASTRUCTURE Being in its 2nd quarter of implementation, the Twinning project ”Improving spatial data services in the Republic of Moldova according to EU standards”, financed by the European Union, continues the series of commenced activities, completing them with new ones and involving more public institutions in the complex world named National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). Together with the Project Leaders from Republic of Moldova (beneficiary institution – Agency for Land Relations and Cadastre - ALRC), Croatia (State Geodetic Administration and Central Finance and Contracting Authority), Poland (Head Office for Geodesy and Cartography) and the Netherlands (Netherlands Enterprise Agency), and the Project Manager from the EU Delegation to Republic of Moldova, the second Steering Committee meeting took place on the 19 January 2021, serving as a platform for discussing the accomplishments and challenges, as well as tasks planned for the future. It is well-known that public institutions in the Republic of Moldova hold plenty

of data which might be useful within the NSDI, but some of them continue to remain on paper, without being geo-referenced or developed according to modern technical specifications. Consequently, two activities of the Twinning project focus on developing the methodology for analogue-to-digital conversion of data and the methodology for geo-referencing. In order to obtain a clear overview of the analogue data at the country level, ALRC together with the Twinning project experts performed an inventory of existing spatial data by means of online interviews with the representatives of public entities responsible for NSDI, managing to identify the data in analogue format and include them into a Catalogue of analogue data

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(e.g. topographic and geological maps, forestry maps). Further on, the Twinning project experts developed the Guidelines on analogue-to-digital conversion, and its content was presented to public entities that are holders of analogue data. Currently, the second stage is being carried

out – development of the Guidelines for geo-referencing scanned spatial data. Likewise, the document will be introduced and discussed with the concerned public entities. Both Guidelines will be officially approved as national standard working procedures.

In addition to that, the Agency for Land Relations and Cadastre together with the Twinning project experts launched the process of drafting the State Programme and the Action Plan in the field of National Spatial Data Infrastructure. The concerned documents will include major contributions to the NSDI field consolidation, starting with: • Update of the legislative and normative framework, • Development of a new NSDI Geoportal, based on modern technical specifications and software solutions, • Development of spatial data and services. All planned tasks aim to ensure the process of sharing spatial data among public entities, which leads by default to avoiding the duplication of costs and efforts, and contributes to the improvement of the state-level decision-taking processes.

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TRAINING COURSE ON MONEY LAUNDERING INVESTIGATION FOR MOLDOVAN PROSECUTORS AND INVESTIGATORS The first group of 44 prosecutors and investigators involved in investigating money laundering gathered for a two-day intensive online training course on 24-25 February 2021. The training course was organised within the EU Twinning project “Enhancing the System of Prevention and Combating Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing in the Republic of Moldova”, which is implemented by a consortium of relevant state institutions of Lithuania, Poland and Germany and by the Moldovan Office for prevention and combating of money laundering, aims to further develop the anti-money laundering/ countering terrorism financing system in Moldova (2018-2021). The training was focused on helping Moldovan representatives develop professional

knowledge and understanding, enhance investigative capacities, and learn new skills. This course, as part of Component 5 Development of law enforcement agencies’ capacities to investigate money-laundering cases, was elaborated by German experts from the University for Public Administration in Bremen. The lectures covered topics related to the investigation process, such as applying special investigative actions, choosing the tactics, collecting and assessing the evidence, data protection, international cooperation, and EU instruments in the field of criminal law.

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EU ASSISTANCE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NATIONAL PLATFORM FOR PUBLISHING JUDICIAL DATA At the initiative of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) Project and under the auspices of the Ministry of Justice the Working Group on implementing the judicial database comparable to CEPEJ-STAT has been created. The Working Group consists of the representatives of the Agency for Court Administration, Superior Council of Magistracy, courts of all levels and national consultants specialised in court management and court statistics. At the centre of the discussions of the Working Group members is the draft concept of the national tool JUSTAT developed by the Project team. The concept envisages publication of the relevant statistical data and performance indicators of the judicial system in the Republic of Moldova. The concept is based on the example of CEPEJ-STAT, a platform compiling various data on judicial systems in European countries, collected by the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ). Another important part of the Working Group mission is to determine and define the key performance indicators currently published in the judiciary, their methodology, calculation, description and graphical representation in order to be published on the new platform JUSTAT. The ultimate goal of the Working Group is to further to improve the court management and distribution of resources through improved collection and use of the judicial statistics as well as to ease the understanding of judicial statistics not only by the legal professionals and analysts but also by the public. In its turn this should increase the transparency of the judiciary and the trust in Moldovan justice. The Working Group on implementing the judicial database held four meetings in January and February 2021 and is going to finalise its work by end of March after which the terms of reference for the new statistics platform

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will be developed. Its work is facilitated by the team of the CoE/EU Project “Support to further strengthening the efficiency and quality of judicial system in the Republic of Moldova” and national consultants. Regular weekly meetings of the Working Group will follow in the upcoming period. This activity is implemented under the framework of the project “Support to further strengthening the efficiency and quality of the judicial system in the Republic of Moldova”, as part of the CoE / EU Partnership for Good Governance 2019-2021 (PGGII). It is funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.


IMPROVEMENT OF THE JUDICIAL COMMUNICATION WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) Project carries out a series of activities related to improvement of communication of the Moldovan judiciary. The activity started with an analysis of the Communication Strategy of the Superior Council of Magistracy and the Guide on relations of the courts with media and public also developed by the Superior Council of Magistracy.

The aim of this exercise was to deliver recommendations to improve these policy documents and was carried out by a team of national and international consultants in the light of various European standards related to judges’ profession especially the Guide of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) on communication with the media and the public for courts and prosecution authorities as well as good communication practices in the public sector. The assessment Report has been presented and discussed during a workshop on 20 January 2021 with the involvement of the national partners and the justice sector stakeholders in Moldova. Later on, a training seminar was organised for decision-makers in the Ministry of Justice, Superior Council of Magistrates, National Institute of Justice and the courts. The participants to the training had the opportunity to find out more about the CEPEJ Guide on communication and to expand their knowledge in regard to the methods and means of communicati-

on, the importance of internal communication within the judiciary, and about crisis communication. The participants exchanged views on how to improve court communication with an investigative journalist from “Ziarul de Garda”. The results of this training will be used for the purpose of updating the training on judicial communication at the National Institute of Justice. The events outlined the need to further strengthen the institutional capacities of the national courts to develop better communication practices, both internally and in relations with mass-media and the large public. In all the implementation of these activities are designed to boost the dialogue between the courts and the public as well as increase transparency of the Moldovan judiciary and public confidence. A follow-up to these activities will be amendments introduced to the national policy documents in the light of the CEPEJ guide and other European standards as well as trainings for judges and secretarial staff of the courts on communication. NEWSLETTER OF THE DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TO THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA | JANUARY – FEBRUARY, 2021

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EU TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO SUPPORT THE NATIONAL BUREAU OF STATISTICS OF THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA During the period of January-February 2021, the EU funded project “Technical Assistance to Support the National Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Moldova” continued the implementation of project activities combining teleworking with several offline meetings, training activities and one mission to the Republic of Moldova of the project team leader. The National Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Moldova (NBS) is assisted by project experts to develop a better set of variables explaining the characteristics and demography of the business population, since there is a large demand for information on business units in the country from relevant state institutions. In this context, a dedicated activity on business demography was initiated on 21 January. The activity aims at providing theoretical and practical guidance in the production of improved

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data on business demography as well as ensuring its comparability with the figures produced by the EU and neighbouring countries. On 29 January, the Twinning project together with NBS organised a meeting on legal matters related to official statistics. Although the NBS can rely on a good National Statistical Law inspired by the best international practices, its implementation still needs improvement and some pieces of secondary law need to be prepared.


To support NBS, ParStat has delegated a national and an international expert, to assure coherence and efficiency. On 2 February, a meeting on the Construction Cost Index was organised to analyse the relevance of this indicator that was highlighted both in macroeconomic statistics and for the purpose of calculating the market value of real estate, as foreseen by the Government Decision. Since the construction is a fast-growing sector and one of the key determinants of the level of short-term economic activity in the Republic of Moldova, it requires reliable construction price indices, a demand arising from the need to assess real changes in the output from the activities in this sector, which cannot be derived solely through reference to regular building and construction statistics. However, as the current methodology and all the statistical tools related to the production of the indicator are outdated, the entire process must be redesigned, and a revised methodology is required. Such information will enable the

national statistical institution to overhaul or to create own indices, and to compare their methodology and data sources with those currently used in other countries. Among the thematic project’s activities, the English Courses provided for the employees of the National Bureau of Statistics play an essential role for the professional development thereof. The classes started on 8 and 9 February for the participants within four level groups. The continuous improvement of English language skills allows NBS statisticians to have direct access to the EU Acquis Communautaire and to the European Statistical System, as well to develop direct personal contacts with the representatives of statistical authorities from EU Member States, thus fostering the international cooperation between NBS and corresponding EU statistical authorities. The progresses and the challenges of the project activity were discussed on 16 February during the 3rd Steering Committee Meeting. The implemented activities of the NEWSLETTER OF THE DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TO THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA | JANUARY – FEBRUARY, 2021

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projects were reported and the future steps were set up. In addition to this, a training on statistical disclosure control (SDC) was organised in partnership with Statistics Netherlands, and conducted during 16-19 February, targeting the staff dealing with statistical confidentiality from the NBS and introduced concepts of statistical disclosure control, privacy and data sensitivity. The topics included theoretical principles of SDC concerning tabular data and microdata protection and output checking. Practical case studies from the member states were presented alongside with the opportunity for the NBS staff to use the software on the SDC tabular data and microdata protection. The issues discussed during the training proved to be important to the NBS as an agency trying to move towards more advanced and online modes of data dissemination. This course was a good opportunity for the specialised staff members to increase their theoretical knowledge, and to acquire competences

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as to the methods and software used in statistical disclosure for tabular data and microdata protection. Moreover, this training was a good occasion to develop additional international cooperation with relevant EU statistics bodies. On 24-25 February an ESSPROS core system workshop was delivered for the NBS staff. The participants became familiar with the EU social protection methodological specifications (e.g., key concepts, definitions, conventions, etc.) and the practicalities of providing a complete set of data for the ESSPROS Core System and modules on a regular basis. A good understanding and the knowledge needed to deliver ESSPROS data in line with the EU methodological guidelines and regulations, will allow the NBS representatives to properly record the receipts and the expenditure of the organisations or schemes involved in social protection interventions.


ECONOMY AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

EU4MOLDOVA: FOCAL REGIONS PROGRAMME LAUNCHES 47 DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES IN RURAL COMMUNITIES FROM CAHUL AND UNGHENI REGIONS Support to local business, creation of new jobs, modern sustainable tourism services and SMART equipment – ozobots in kindergartens – are just some of the projects to be carried out this year in the focal regions Rural communities from Cahul and Ungheni regions are developing thanks to the European Union assistance. The initiatives for promoting sustainable rural tourism, endowing kindergartens with smart equipment, renovating parks and public bus stations for smart local mobility as well as supporting existing businesses by installing modern equipment in bakeries, poultry farms or mini dairy farms, will be launched this year in 26 rural communities. All these villages – beneficiaries of European financing – are members of four Local Action Groups, which won the Grants’ Programme, 2020 edition, implemented under the EU4Moldova: Focal Regions Programme. The Local Action Groups “Lunca Prutului de Jos”, “Movila Măgura”, “Cişmeaua Sudului” and “Valea Halmagei” benefited from grants of total value of 200,000

EUR from the European Union, invested in community development projects and new jobs’ generation in villages from Cahul and Ungheni regions. Every Local Action Group, which has benefited from a grant of 50,000 EUR, launched a local call for project proposals. Overall, 47 development micro-projects will be implemented in rural communities from Cahul and Ungheni regions. The new projects will generate at least 30 new jobs in those 4 LAGs. The implementation of micro-projects will also contribute to the sustainable development of communities by using green technologies such as LED to expand public lighting in several localities, equipping local companies with modern and energy efficient technology as well as promoting cycling by installing public bike racks.

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“10 development initiatives will contribute to harnessing the natural potential and attracting tourists in the first Biosphere Reserve of the Republic of Moldova – ‘Lower Prut’. I am so glad that thanks to the grant, the kindergarten from Văleni village gets modernised and will be endowed with ozobots and other SMART equipment. As well, a winery, bakery, jams’ and sauces’ production unit according to traditional recipes will be renovated and provided with equipment,” mentions Silvia Ştirbeţ, President of “Lunca Prutului de Jos” LAG.

“We are glad that most of the member villages of Cişmeaua Sudului LAG will benefit from financing provided by the European Union. 12 initiatives were selected out of 34 submitted ones. This year, Alexanderfeld village will renovate a part of its central park, Cişmichioi village will modernize its public bus stations, and Pelinei village will install an irrigation system for its vineyards and lavender plantations,” notes Dmitri Ianul, Manager of “Cişmeaua Sudului” LAG.

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“Movila Măgură LAG has been active for three years. We are glad that this year the member villages would receive a new impetus for development. 12 local economic development initiatives, generating at least 10 new jobs, will benefit from European financing provided under the EU4Moldova: Focal Regions Programme. We will develop in parallel several initiatives in Negurenii Vechi: harvesting apples according to a modern technology, modernizing the shop in the locality, promoting the locality through virtual exhibitions,” says Maria Galiţ, President of “Movila Măgură” LAG. Photo: LAG Valea Halmagiei

Photo: LAG Valea Halmagiei Established relatively recently, LAGs attract This is the first call for grants for LAGs important investments at the community from Cahul and Ungheni regions, organized level using the European approach - LEADER, under the EU4Moldova: Focal Regions which is rather participative and innovative Programme. The next call for grants will be and hence contribution to decreasing announced in 2022. economic and social imbalances and urbanCurrently, 32 Local Action Groups are rural disparities. registered in the Republic of Moldova, covering 35% of rural areas. EU4Moldova: Focal Regions Programme (2019-2024) supports smart, green, inclusive At least 12 new jobs will be created and sustainable development in Cahul and thanks to the EU grant provided to “Valea Ungheni, to ensure better life quality for Halmagei” LAG. “Mobile vulcanization citizens. The Programme has a total budget services, ecological technologies in of 23 million EUR and is financed by the wine-growing area, multifunctional park establishment, public street lighting European Union and implemented by the extension are just several of the total 13 United Nations Development Programme selected initiatives to be implemented (UNDP) and United Nations Children’s Fund this year in communities which are (UNICEF). members of Valea Halmagei LAG,” More details about the activities of the mentions Elena Enachi, President of Programme in Cahul and Ungheni regions “Valea Halmagei” LAG. may be found on www.eu4cahul.md and www.eu4ungheni.md

List of winning projects may found here:

Video Local Action Groups:

GAL Lunca Prutului de Jos

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EU–LEADER INNOVATORS – LAGS AS ROLE MODELS FOR DEVELOPMENT OF RURAL COMMUNITIES The pilot-process “EU–LEADER Innovators”, launched on 26 January 2021, as part of the EU-funded project “LEADER Approach for Rural Prosperity in Moldova”, will strengthen Local Action Groups (LAGs) as role models for the areas they will specialise in.

Through this pilot-process, the selected LAGs will identify the activity sectors with the biggest development potential within their micro regions, for which tailored action plans will be created. Thus, the LAGs will specialise, among others, as promo agencies for local products, cultural centers, promoters of local cuisine—any sector that can become a visiting card for their micro region. The launch event for “EU– LEADER Innovators” brought together over 60 participants from the LAGs across the country. Even though this model is the first for the Republic of Moldova, it has already generated many success stories in EU countries. One such example is the “Völgyvidék” LAG from Hungary, which organises local culinary tours focused on cheese production (“The Cheese Route”).

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In Italy, the “Far Maremma” LAG — a region well-known for its wines — has brought together small local wine-makers in an association that organizes vineyard site visits and works on diversifying their product range. The “Wendland-Elbetal” LAG from Germany played a key-role in turning the eponymous region into a model for sustainable development, by making the energy used here 100% renewable. The LAGs selected for this pilot-process will work as a development “umbrella”, under which various local actors will join forces within their chosen activity sector. This process will engage the LAG management teams and local partners— particularly small entrepreneurs—in order to create palpable solutions that can inspire and be replicated by other LAGs. The “EU–LEADER Innovators, LAGs as Role Models” pilot-process is part of the “LEADER Approach for Rural Prosperity in Moldova” project, financed by the European Union and Polish Aid, implemented by Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova in partnership with the National LEADER Network in the Republic of Moldova. Strategic partner—the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment of Moldova.


EU-FUNDED TWINNING AGRIFOOD PROJECT SUPPORTS THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT 2030 During January – February 2021, 12 (teleworking) expert missions took place with the participation of altogether 28 international experts from Austria, Poland and Lithuania.

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The expert missions were organised within the EU-funded Twinning AgriFood Project „Further support to Agriculture, Rural Development and Food Safety in the Republic of Moldova”, which aims to strengthen the institutional capacities of the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment (MARDE), Agriculture Intervention and Payment Agency (AIPA) and National Food Safety Agency (ANSA) in the design and implementation of sustainable agriculture, rural development and food safety policy in line with EU legislation and best practices. The main focus of the expert missions was to support and guide the development of the National Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (NARDS 2030). NARDS 2030 is a major strategic document for agriculture and rural development of the Republic of Moldova. On the recommendation of the Twinning experts, a ma-

jor strategic decision has been made by MARDE to switch from a “scattered and sector policy making approach” to an “integrated approach” and to prepare the future NARDS 2030 as an integrated document, based on the elaboration of the EU’s CAP strategic plans. Taking into consideration that this current year financial support for the animal sector is planned to be implemented in the Republic of Moldova, the respective regulation was reviewed and a potential business process for the implementation was elaborated together with AIPA’s experts. The Twinning experts also worked on “scenarios on area based direct payments”. Basic data and different definitions have been prepared, presented and discussed with MARDE’s experts. The results of this activities will be incorporated in NEWSLETTER OF THE DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TO THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA | JANUARY – FEBRUARY, 2021

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the NARDS 2030, were area based environmental payments may play a role. The Twinning experts in cooperation with MARDE and ANSA reviewed the national legislation related to animals (bovine) identification and registration and their compliance with EU requirements. The options for reviewing and updating national legislation have been agreed upon. Recommendations for MARDE and ANSA were also provided. The control system related to animal (bovine) identification and registration and their compliance with EU requirements was also reviewed. Also, the business process of farm registration as well as the animal identification and registration from birth to slaughter incl. Information Technology and Cybersecurity were discussed between ANSA, MARDE and the Twinning experts. The experts reviewed the checklist rela-

ted to official control of animals (bovine). Best practice on the selection of holdings for official controls based on risk criteria was shared. The official control procedures of composite products (including ice cream) and the certification system for products of animal origin were reviewed. It was recommended to start implementing the new requirements of Regulation 2020/692 for export of composite products from the Republic of Moldova into EU. In general, the specific procedure certification of products of animal origin intended for export complies with the EU requirements. Some shortcomings were identified. The compliance with EU requirements of the official control procedures and checklists for holdings of broilers and laying hens related to animal health were also reviewed. The recommendations were provided.

The EU funded Twinning AgriFood Project “Further support to Agriculture, Rural Development and Food Safety in the Republic of Moldova” with a total budget of EUR 2 million has officially started on 1 September 2020.

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REGIONAL FORUMS ORGANISED BY THE NATIONAL LEADER NETWORK IN THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION The National LEADER Network in the Republic of Moldova was created about two years ago. Today the organisation representing the interests of the LAGs – it flourishes and, through its activity, contributes to the essential implementation of the LEADER approach in the country.

Thus, between 17 February and 3 March, the National Network LEADER in Moldova, presented during five Regional Forums, the retrospective of the previous year, the successes, challenges, and lessons learned reflected in the Activity Report for the year 2020. These events brought together members of the Network to discuss and reflect on their activities and future prospects. We are sure that this year will be an ambitious one for the Network and all its members, and will bring positive changes for the rural development process. NEWSLETTER OF THE DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TO THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA | JANUARY – FEBRUARY, 2021

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INCREASING THE COMPETITIVENESS OF THE MOLDOVAN AGRI-FOOD SECTOR IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE EU PROJECT DEVELOPMENT OF RURAL AREAS OF THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA

On the 19 February 2021, the Centre of Excellence in Horticulture and Agricultural Technologies (CEHTA) from Ţaul, Donduşeni, inaugurated the vocational education and training (VET) section. The new training room will offer expanded modern and innovative training educational approaches for youth and adults, providing training opportunities and retraining programmes to employees and farm owners. CEHTA will offer 2 new courses: „Quality standards in the agri-food” and „Growing vegetables in protected land”. This will contribute to ensuring a certain quality of the technical

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vocational education, which aims at growing a competitive workforce for the labour market. Among the VET students, 3 “Soybean Ambassadors”, winners of the DevRAM contest in 2020, were nominated, awarded and encouraged to further promote their ideas on soybean cultivation and production.


ENHANCING THE QUALITY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF THE VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING SYSTEM IN THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION The two-year EU-funded Twinning project Enhancing the quality and effectiveness of the Vocational Education and Training system in the Republic of Moldova started on 1 March 2019 and received a donation of high-performance equipment, as well. in May 2021. During January-February altogether seven training weeks were successfully conducted online using the Zoom-platform. Within the Project’s component - Pedagogical training to VET teachers of Centres of Excellence is delivered in order to become multipliers and in particular, the objective was to enhance competences in digital assessment, digital materials, e-learning platform and e-learning website. The most important aspects underlined are as follows:

• Website https://iptdigital.ceiti.md: Centres of Excellence in VET and Alexei Mateevici college have created digital learning materials for Moldova’s VET sector with a guidance of Twining STE’s. The website is a material and information repository and is publicly open platform to visit and use. The significance and effectivity for digitalizing and supporting Moldovan VET sector is remarkable.

Source: School Education Gateway

• DigCompEdu, or the digital competences of attending educators have improved remarkably. The website and blog development are going strong including the use of open sources for

education purposes and assessing digital competences with Check-in Self Reflection Tool

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EU4YOUTH PROJECT SUPPORTS THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA More than 50 representatives of civil society and the social enterprise sectors in the Republic of Moldova participated in three consultation sessions organised by the EU4Youth project “Unlocking the potential of young social entrepreneurs in Moldova and Ukraine” on 1-3 February, to discuss the recommendations for amending the legal framework in the field of social entrepreneurship in Moldova.

Social entrepreneurship in the Republic of Moldova is in the early stage of development. In the last ten years, about 48 social entrepreneurship initiatives have been launched, of which only four have obtained the official status of social enterprise and insertion. Although the regulatory framework for social entrepreneurship in the country is sufficiently explicit, it does not fully reflect the needs and aspirations of the field. Aiming to enhance the legal framework, the EU4Youth project organised three online public hearings to consult the public’s opinions on the proposed amendments to the law on social entrepreneurship.

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One of the proposals, which was put forward by the experts and chosen by the majority of the participants, was the elaboration of a special law, which would prioritise the topic of social entrepreneurship and allow it to be addressed through general legislation. The legislative framework should identify and develop supporting mechanisms for social economy entities, and create an enabling environment to address the specific needs of the social economy. Among these supporting mechanisms, participants particularly welcomed the proposal for the establishment of separate tax treatment for social enterprises/social insertion enterprises.


Other legal recommendations include encouraging at state level the procurement of goods, works and services from social enterprises and social insertion businesses through reserved contracts and developing incentives for companies that purchase goods, works and services from social/ insertion enterprises. The meetings were organised by the EU4Youth project ‘Unlocking the potential of young social entrepreneurs in Moldova and Ukraine’ (EUnlocking project), which is funded by the European Union and helps to foster the social entrepreneurial potential of young people in Moldova and Ukraine by establishing a favourable ecosystem for social enterprises, as well as by inspiring and supporting more young social entrepreneurs to develop and sustain

their innovative solutions to the promotion of social inclusion and environmental sustainability across both countries. The EUnlocking project is implemented by the Gustav Stresemann Institute e.V. (GSI) (Germany), Egalite International (Ukraine), AXA Management Consulting organisation (Moldova), ECO-RAZENI Association (Moldova), the National Assistance and Information Centre for NGOs in Moldova „CONTACT” (Moldova), and „Pro NGO! e.V” (Germany). For more details, please access here, live discussions can be followed here: https://www.facebook.com/Contact.md/ videos/1060598174451223 https://www.facebook.com/Contact.md/ videos/231960811846800

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EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK, EU’S BANK, SUPPORTS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT IN THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA EIB credit line investments supporting the development of organic horticulture businesses in Moldova With AMG Kernel, Zam Zam Activ, Maestro Fruits and Ygrick Group, the EIB credit line supporting horticulture has already financed four companies that adhere to the European organic standard. While AMG Kernel and Zam Zam Activ were financed for investments around post-harvest handling of organic walnuts, Maestro Fruits developed the apple processing line and Ygrick Group received financing for a facility that produces culinary speciality oils. Zam Zam Activ even combined organic production with the maximum use of renewable energies.

Irina Onceanu’s decision to invest into solar panels was inspired by an article on the Agrobiznes portal and driven by the company’s need for a reliable source of energy (Picture: Agrobiznes.md, 2020)

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The EIB Fruit Garden of Moldova credit line contributed 80,000 EUR of investment finance for a photovoltaic installation providing electrical energy for Zam Zam’s modern walnut kernel processing plant. Much of the company’s nut processing operations in Ialoveni District is automated, and this requires a lot of energy. “We were confronted with the problem of frequent power cuts”, says Irina Onceanu, the manager of the processing plant. “I think that about 2 times a week we did not have electricity and then we kept looking for solutions. At the same time, the energy consumption is high and bills may reach up to 40-50 thousand lei per month. Initially, we bought a generator, but then we thought of a photovoltaic system, which would provide us with electricity which is clean and lasting.”

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Irina says that she follows the Agrobiznes portal where she read about the EIB credit line supporting investments such as for solar panels. Being active in the production and processing of walnuts, the company qualified for a loan at preferential conditions. “It was not easy to work with the bank disbursing the loan, which required a lot of documents.” However, the business consultancy company Agri-Smart, which partners with the Fruit Garden of Moldova credit line, helped Zam Zam to take every hurdle and the loan was disbursed just in time so that the 2020 harvest could already be processed with solar energy. Zam Zam’s business model is to produce according to international quality standards (organic, ISO, FSSC) for the export market to the Middle East and the EU mainly. The company now has 140 hectares of walnuts which were leased and then converted to certified organic production. Instead of using investment capital to plant orchards, the company leases them from farmers, so that enough money can be invested into state-of-the-art processing.

Zam Zam Activ is one of the companies that made Moldova known for its organic walnuts (Picture: Agrobiznes.md, 2020)

Foto: Zam Zam Activ este una dintre companiile care au făcut cunoscută Moldova pentru nucile sale ecologice (Imagine: Agrobiznes.md, 2020)

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ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT

CITIZENS IN THE NORTH WILL BENEFIT FROM ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECTS AND IMPROVED WATER SUPPLY SERVICES – ALL FUNDED BY THE EUROPEAN UNION On 4 February 2021 construction works for European Union (EU) funded projects were launched in the North Region: the water supply (WS) project in Drochia town and the energy efficiency (EE) project at the ‚Iurie Boghiu’ Gymnasium from Flamânzeni village, Sângerei rayon. The goal of these projects is to provide the inhabitants of Drochia town with quality water supply services and to ensure better educational conditions for students and teachers at the ‚Iurie Boghiu’ Gymnasium from Flamânzeni village, Sângerei rayon.

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The projects ‘Improving Water Supply services in the Drochia town’ and ‘Increasing the energy efficiency of the ‘Iurie Boghiu’ Gymnasium in Flamânzeni village, Sângerei rayon’ are funded by the European Union. They are implemented in cooperation with the project “Modernisation of Local Public Services in the Republic of Moldova’ managed by the German Development Cooperation through GIZ (Moldova), in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment (AMRDE), and financially supported by the German Government (BMZ).

The construction works will be completed by the end of 2021 and will include a series of modernisation measures. Thus, energy efficiency will include the repairing the roof, insulation of building’s walls, replacement of windows, rehabilitation of the heating system, provision of hot and cold water in school, and renovation of the sanitary facilities. The total value of the ‚Increasing the energy efficiency of the ‚Iurie Boghiu’ Gymnasium in Flamânzeni village’ project is 877,000 EUR, of which 866,000 EUR are provided by the EU and 11,000 EUR are covered from local contribution. The total number of beneficiaries amounts to over

300 students, teachers and auxiliary staff of the Gymnasium. At the same time, the construction of the water supply system in the Drochia town will include 19.5 km to which over 1,200 individual households will be connected, modernisation of two drinking water pumping stations and rehabilitation of 5 artesian wells. The total investments regarding water supply in Drochia town are of 4.3 million EUR, of which 3.9 million EUR are provided by the EU and 311,000 EUR – local contribution. Approximately 20,000 of Drochia inhabitants will benefit from drinking water supply services.

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STRENGTHENING THE WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION INFRASTRUCTURE IN CANTEMIR WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION The project which focuses on strengthening the water supply and sanitation infrastructure in Cantemir (part II of the EU-funded project Development of Rural Areas in the Republic of Moldova) continues working on the construction of the Wastewater Treatment Plant and the sewer network, in order to be completed in summer 2021. A monitoring field visit for inspection of the works progress took place on 18 February 2021 by the representatives of the Austrian Development Agency, Mr. Gunther ZIMMER, Head of ADA Moldova Office, the Mayor of Cantemir, Mr. Roman CIUBACIUC, and the

project managers of the construction company and the site supervision engineer. The visit aimed to control the progress of the actual works and the commissioning plan of the project facilities which is envisaged for summer 2021.

In the last months, the project continued with the construction works and the households were preliminary connected to the sewer network. The main results achieved up to 31 January 2021:

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Completion of all main civil works of the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and start of the mechanical and electrical installation, which achieved a progress of 71%.

More than 51% sewer network was constructed. Thereof: pipe laying length 12,905 m (73% of total), 511 manholes installed (71% of total), 157 house connections were preliminary completed (38% of total).

Several activities were implemented to steer and enhance the internal and external communication of the project. The officials and local community beneficiaries are fully involved in the project via increased awareness raising in the field of sustainable water supply and safe wastewater disposal.

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On the same day of 19 February 2021, a similar inauguration took place in Râşcani. The mechanical workshop within the department „Machines and appliances in the food industry” opens its doors at the Agroindustrial College in Râşcani.

The new practical training facilities, recently re-equipped, will allow several generations of students, future mechanical technicians, to acquire the necessary skills in line with up-to-date requirements that will help them obtain jobs. The level of training required in the labour market is constantly advancing. It depends on the performance of teachers, training programs and tools, the learning

environment and conditions. Thanks to the enhancements produced with the support of the European Union project “DevRAM”, Part I, the initial and continuing training process in agri-food technical vocational education will be much closer to the labour market for thousands of students and specialists in the field. The project has successfully worked with RIFC “Selectia”, through Donau Soja

On 26 February 2021, the Research Institute of Field Crops “Selecţia” and other 4 entities were donated high-performance equipment.

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Association, on the transfer of knowledge to farmers through jointly organised demonstration platforms and field days that allowed farmers learn about the best available technologies in soya cultivation and identify the most productive soya varieties and inputs available on the market. The equipment transferred will include a modern seeding machine ”D 62 – SE”, and a set of rapid GMO and mycotoxins scanning equipment, that will contribute to strengthening the capacities of the research sector and local producers and ensure the good quality seeding process leading to better results on the demonstration platforms, empowering the local scientists and researchers to improve the quality of research and know-how transfer to soya producers.

The Centre for Excellence in Services and Food Processing from Bălţi received a donation of high-performance equipment, as well.

A monitoring visit to the newly equipped “Laboratory of the modern specialist” was organised by the Centre for Excellence in Services and Food Processing in Bălţi. The Laboratory received an electric convection and steam oven, a water filter, a leavener, a planetary mixer and an electronic scale. In addition, the laboratory will be the space for continuous training courses, which will be attended by teachers from VET institutions and by all those interested in professional growth. The new training facilities will allow 150 students from “Food technology” specialty and 60 students from “Confectioner” specialty to acquire practical skills needed in the labour market, which will facilitate their future professional integration. The above detailed activities were implemented by the EU-funded project Development of Rural Areas of the Republic of Moldova (DevRam), Part I.

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SOLAR ENERGY - THE INEXHAUSTIBLE SOURCE. EIB FRUIT GARDEN OF MOLDOVA FINANCED 6 SOLAR SYSTEMS FOR COLD STORES The latest of the photovoltaic systems financed by the EIB loan facility will cold store table grapes of Mr. Creţu Nicolai who can now save on energy costs and contribute to reducing global warming.

Farmer Nicolai Cretu is advised by business consultancy Alternative AID how to access the EIB investment loan (Picture: Agro TV, 2021)

Foto: Fermierul Nicolai Crețu este sfătuit de compania de consultanță în By afaceri AIDare cum să acceseze împrumutul investițional alof using Alternative solar energy, we reducing An example worth following is the one pollution from Agro burning fossil fuels and the Peasant Farm Nicolai Creţu, a farmer BEI (Imagine: TV, 2021) contribute to holding up global warming, which today is a tacit threat to humanity. Combatting climate change requires tailored solutions from every business.

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Photo: These solar panels installed by a Moldovan company will reduce the electricity bill for the next 25 years (Picture: Zaw Energy, 2019)

Foto: Aceste panouri fotovoltaice instalate de o companie moldovenească vor

of the famous red Moldova variety, located remembered a programme broadcasted reduce factura de curent electric pentru următorii 25 de ani (Imagine: Zaw in the village of Costeşti, Ialoveni. Until by AgroTV about the advantages of today, the number Energy, 2019) of workers increased to photovoltaic investments. 4 who together with family members take He then contacted the business consultancy care of the vineyard and all post-harvest Alternative AID which facilitates access to activities. Nicolai embarked on a new investment finance from EIB sources and family tradition of producing grapes as his applied for a loan in the amount of 1.5 son is about to take over the business. million MDL through the EIB Fruit Garden An important step in Nicolai’s business of Moldova project. Alternative AID helped was the construction of a refrigerated him to understand the different steps to warehouse with a total capacity of 1000 take until the loan is disbursed onto his tones. His grapes are kept here, and in account. addition, he offers storage services for other producers. The complex consists of Nicolai applied on 22 July 2020 and already two main buildings with 11 cold rooms and on 07 October 2020, the loan was disbursed a capacity of 90-100 tons each. Adjacent so that he could pay the contractor he buildings with an area of 500 m² for had chosen for the installation of 100 operations are located on the territory, too. kW photovoltaic system for which 806 This makes an efficient farm which has all m² panels were placed on the roof of facilities. the cold store. A new chapter began in The challenges generated by the Covid-19 Nicolai’s business. The system is already pandemic in 2020 due to difficult logistics operational reducing costs and making in the export trade, made Nicolai carefully the business stronger. Alternative AID will analyse how he could reduce costs to continue to support the farm for further be less vulnerable to price fluctuations. investments making use of the investment As electricity costs for the operation of the cold store play a major role, Nicolai finance available through EIB.

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CITIZENS IN THE CENTRE WILL BENEFIT FROM ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECTS AND IMPROVED WATER SUPPLY SERVICES – ALL FUNDED BY THE EUROPEAN UNION On 9 February 2021 construction works for European Union (EU) funded projects were launched in the Centre Region: the water supply and sanitation (WSS) project in Calăraşi town and the energy efficiency (EE) project at the ‘Ion Vatamanu’ Lyceum from Străşeni municipality. The goal of the implemented projects is to provide the inhabitants of Călăraşi town with quality water supply and sanitation services and to ensure better educational conditions for students and teachers at the ‚Ion Vatamanu’ Lyceum from Străşeni.

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The construction works will be completed by the end of 2021 and will include a series of modernisation measures. Thus, energy efficiency will include the repairing of the roof, insulation of building’s walls, replacement of windows, rehabilitation of the heating system, provision of hot and cold water in the school, and renovation of the sanitary facilities. The total value of the project “Increasing Energy Efficiency of the ‚Ion Vatamanu’ Lyceum in Străşeni” is 1.2 million EUR of which 1.1 million EUR provided by the EU and 102,000 EUR covered from local contribution. The total number of beneficiaries amounts to over 650 students, teachers and auxiliary staff of the Lyceum.

At the same time, 16 km of water supply system in Călăraşi town will be rehabilitated and extended to which over 875 households will be connected. Also, as part of the project, the chlorination station for drinking water in Călăraşi will be reconstructed. In addition, 5 km of sewage system will be rehabilitated to which 234 households will get connected. The total investment of the water supply and sanitation project in Călăraşi town is of 1.72 million EUR, of which 1.37 million EUR is provided by the EU and 353,000 EUR – local contribution. Approximately 1,500 of Călăraşi inhabitants will benefit from drinking water supply services and 5700 from sewage services.

The projects “Increasing Energy Efficiency of the ‘Ion Vatamanu’ Lyceum from Străşeni Municipality” and “Improving Water Supply and Sanitation services in the Călăraşi town” are funded by the European Union. They are implemented in cooperation with the project “Modernisation of Local Public Services in the Republic of Moldova’ managed by the German Development Cooperation through GIZ (Moldova), in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment (AMRDE), and financially supported by the German Government (BMZ).

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17 CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS, EU GRANTS BENEFICIARIES, SHARED THE EXPERIENCE OF ENGAGING IN THE FIELD OF SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT AT THE LOCAL LEVEL On 12 February, in Chisinau, 17 organisations benefiting from the EU Local Grants Programme met to discuss good practices and lessons learned from the engagement and implementation of waste management projects in partnership with public authorities. The event was organised by the Association for Efficient and Responsible Governance AGER and PA “HABITAT”, partners of the action “Citizens’ empowerment in the Republic of Moldova” funded by the European Union.

The event was attended by 38 people, representing the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment, the Inspectorate for Environmental Protection and the Environment Agency, mayors, experts in the field of solid waste management and 17 civil society organizations (CSOs).

on the effects of non-compliance to existing waste management rules.

The experience discussed has shown that there are good partnerships between CSOs, local action groups and local authorities to create and improve these local services.

The Local Grants Programme is launched on the basis of the Single Support Framework of the European Union (EU), to the Republic of Moldova (2017-2020) under the European Neighbourhood Instrument, through the action „Citizens’ empowerment in the Republic of Moldova” (2019-2021), funded by the EU and implemented by the German Development Cooperation through GIZ (GIZ Moldova).

At the end of the event, Tamara Guvir, national environmental expert, came up with some recommendations for CSOs and authorities, including joint identification of vulnerable groups and setting preferential tariffs for them, organizing awareness campaigns on the consequences of waste incineration and

The event is the first in a total cycle of six thematic events organized by AGER and PA „HABITAT”. Similar events will be organized by other partners of the project „Citizens’ empowerment in the Republic of Moldova” in the North, South and ATU Gagauzia regions.

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THERMAL MODERNISATION OF EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS OF CANTEMIR, FUNDED BY THE EUROPEAN UNION, CONTINUES Individual Heating Points (IHP) have been installed in four educational buildings in Cantemir (“D. Cantemir” High School, “M. Eminescu” Gymnasium, Kindergarten no. 1 and no. 2) within the CanTREB project in order to improve the work of the heating systems in these buildings.

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IHP is a complex of pumps, heat exchangers, sensors that are installed in the basement of a building and that work automatically. The principle of operation consists in the fact that it regulates the parameters of the thermal agent (temperature), depending on the outdoor temperature and ensures the preparation of hot water. In addition, it is equipped with a separate heat meter and water meter, which make possible to track and monitor the costs of heating the building. Individual Heating Points in combination with the thermal insulation of buildings, which has already been done within the CanTREB project, aim to increase the percentage of energy savings in these educational buildings. According to experts, thanks to these measures, this will help to decrease heat energy bill by 40-50%.

The works are financed by the European Union, within the project „Thermal Rehabilitation of Educational Buildings in Cantemir - CanTREB” and contribution from local sources. The CanTREB project is implemented by Cantemir City Hall, in partnership with the Alliance for Energy Efficiency and Renewables (AEER), with the financial support of the European Union, within the Program „Covenant of Mayors - Demonstration Projects”. The project includes the thermal rehabilitation of 4 public educational buildings in Cantemir, using a set of energy efficiency measures, such as thermal insulation of buildings, installation of individual heating points, replacement of internal LED lighting system, installation of a biomass thermal power plant, installation of photovoltaic systems, solar collectors etc. NEWSLETTER OF THE DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TO THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA | JANUARY – FEBRUARY, 2021

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EU-FUNDED THERMAL REHABILITATION OF THE GYMNASIUM „M. EMINESCU” FROM CANTEMIR IS NEARING COMPLETION The thermal rehabilitation works carried out in the EU CanTREB project shall soon finalise in „M. Eminescu” Gymnasium from the Cantemir town. Currently, about 80% of the works have been completed. The exterior walls and basement are completely insulated, and the pediments (ends of the attic) of the central block are insulated. During the insulation work on the flat roof, the EU CanTREB project team noticed that there were windows on the roof of the Gymnasium, which had been unused for many years, clogged with debris and covered with slate sheets. Thus, they were cleaned and restored, using modern materials - polycarbonate, resistant to UV action. Two layers of polycarbonate at the top and bottom of the window create a thermal air cushion between them, which acts perfectly as a thermal insulator with a thickness of about 1 m.

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Thanks to this cheap but efficient solution, the corridor, a classroom and the gym no longer need lighting during the day. Previously, there was always a light on in these spaces. Thus, both an aesthetic and an economic problem were solved - a simple way to save energy, using daylight. At the same time the school administration is contributing with improvement of internal premises and arrangement of the associated territory. The contract is expected to be finished by the end of May 2021. Meanwhile, the works include the installation of awnings at the entrances, the repair of the escape staircase, painting of the foundation part and the restoration of the pavement around the building.


CANTEMIR HAS ITS OWN SHREDDER FOR VEGETABLE WASTE, PURCHASED WITH EU SUPPORT A shredder for chopping plant residues resulting from cleaning of vines and orchards was purchased by AO AEER for the city of Cantemir, with the support of the European Union. The acquisition was possible within the project “Strengthening local capacities for the implementation of the strategy for sustainable energy in the town Cantemir (CCLISED)”, within the Local Grants Programme of the European Union.

The shredder for agricultural waste was specially chosen to meet the needs of the project. Thus, it has a rotor with special steel teeth for capturing and pulling plant debris inside it, where there is another rotor with steel teeth fixed on it (patented principle), which produces uniform chips. With this patented cutting methodology, the production and collection of small fraction biomass is guaranteed, which allows the product to dry in a natural way and the possibility of using chopping in automated biomass boilers. Thus, the obtained biomass will be used directly as biofuel for the future thermal complex in the town Cantemir, also built with EU support. According to experts, this ensures not only a source of energy biofuel, but also environmental protection, by avoiding the illegal practices of burning vegetation wastes. The project team has already signed the first agreements with farmers in the region,

who have agreed to provide vine residues for biomass production. And in mid-February, the shredder was taken out into the field and put into operation. AO Alliance for Energy Efficiency and Renewables is the beneficiary of the European Union’s Local Grants Program and implements the project in partnership with the Centre for Training and Educational Development. The Local Grant Programme is launched based on the Single EU Support Framework, granted to the Republic of Moldova (20172020) under the European Neighbourhood Instrument, through the project “Empowering the citizens of the Republic of Moldova” (2019-2021), funded by European Union and implemented by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). The project partner for the Southern Region is the Regional Centre for Assistance and Information of Non-Governmental Organizations “CONTACT-Cahul”. NEWSLETTER OF THE DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TO THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA | JANUARY – FEBRUARY, 2021

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ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING OF THE MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ETHNOGRAPHY FROM CĂLĂRAŞI WITH THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION Călăraşi became brighter after the building of the Museum of History and Ethnography in the town was architecturally illuminated, with the support provided by the European Union. Thus, the inhabitants of Călăraşi, but also its visitors will be able to admire the museum building in all its splendour, both during the day and at night. The architectural lighting of the building of the Museum of History and Ethnography in the city of Călăraşi was officially put into operation on 9 February, during a festive event.

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The purpose of the installation is to highlight the architecture of the Museum building during the night, the artistic and cultural value of the building, which will increase the tourist attractiveness of Călăraşi. The works took place within the project implemented with the financial support of the European Union „Efficient public lighting in Călăraşi-Firefly in the heart of forests”, by the City Hall of Călăraşi, in partnership with IDIS „Viitorul”.

of the objectives of the energy efficiency project in Călăraşi, implemented with the support of the European Union. The project involves the installation of a 21-kilometer lighting network and the architectural lighting of the History Museum in the city of Călăraşi. As a result, the project will ensure a real saving of 6,500 EUR/year, will reduce CO2 emissions and maintenance and operating costs.

The works included the lighting of the constructive and ornamental elements of the building of the Museum of History and Ethnography from Călăraşi with 24 LEDbased projectors for the architectural lighting. The museum courtyard is also lit by several modern lanterns. This will encourage the organization of cultural and artistic activities during the evening and night on the territory of the museum and will be an additional element of motivation for the museum administration to enrich the calendar of events. The architectural lighting of the Museum of History and Ethnography in Călăraşi is particularly important because since 2017 the city of Călăraşi is part of a national tourist route.

The project „Efficient public lighting in Călăraşi-Firefly in the heart of forests” is implemented by the Călăraşi Town Hall in partnership with IDIS „Viitorul”. The project is funded by the European Union through the European programme “Covenant of Mayors – Demonstration Projects (CoM-DeP)”, part of the EU4Energy initiative.

The architectural lighting of the Museum of History and Ethnography in Călăraşi cost 145 thousand lei, and the electricity consumption was reduced by 30% compared to January 2020. The architectural lighting of the Museum of History and Ethnography in Călăraşi is one

The EU4Energy Initiative covers all EU support to improve energy supply, security and connectivity, as well as to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewables in the Eastern Partner countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. It does this by financing projects and programmes that help to reform energy markets and to reduce national energy dependence and consumption. Over the longer term, this makes energy supply more reliable, transparent and affordable, thus reducing energy poverty and energy bills for both citizens and the private sector. More information: www.EU4Energy.eu NEWSLETTER OF THE DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TO THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA | JANUARY – FEBRUARY, 2021

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EU SUPPORTS THE CREATION OF THE CENTER OF EXCELLENCE THROUGH PILOTING DEMONSTRATIVE NEW ENERGY EFFICIENCY TECHNOLOGIES AND RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES IN FEŞTELIŢA COMMUNITY In the winter of 2021, regardless of the weather outside, the inhabitants of Feşteliţa village felt safe, both at work and at leisure. All due to the results obtained by the locality within the Energy Efficiency Project, financially supported by the European Union and which, at the moment, is in the final stage of implementation.

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The most obvious result with a major social impact on all categories of citizens of the village is intelligent street lighting, the first typology in the field of energy efficiency successfully implemented in the locality. Opting for equity, in order to provide the whole community with public lighting, the project implementation team used a new strategy to attract additional funds, combining financial sources from the grant allocated by the European Union, the contribution of the Local Public Administration, the Energy Efficiency Agency, with a loan from the Nordic Environmental Finance Corporation. Thus, the innovative co-financing formula EU Grant + LPA Contribution Feşteliţa, Government of Moldova + Credit NEFCO represents ensuring the donors’ synergy in the field of energy efficiency and is a premiere for the Republic of Moldova, an example worthy of taking over by other communities. From this year, approximately 3,000 inhabitants of Feşteliţa village, or 100% of the direct beneficiaries of the project, benefit from the new intelligent public lighting

system, managed remotely and equipped with 566 LED luminaries of 40W each, mounted on about 20 km of the streets. In addition to the economic, environmental and security benefits registered by the locality, the psychosocial ones can also be enumerated: longer spending free time in the air, lasting interpersonal relationships with both family and friends, detachment of children from school and giving up gadgets in favour of sports games, good mood, increasing optimism and the level of confidence of the population in the Local and Central Public Authorities. As an example, sledding this winter was practiced by the people of Feşteliţa until late at night, only thanks to the public lighting in the village. Another tangible result of the project is the installation of 4 biomass-burning boiler plants and a system of solar collectors at the kindergarten, gymnasium, culture house and city hall. Rational investment for the good of the citizen, thus ensuring the local public institutions, for a long period of time, with an NEWSLETTER OF THE DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TO THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA | JANUARY – FEBRUARY, 2021

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accessible environmentally friendly thermal agent, produced from local renewable resources. The biomass necessary for the proper functioning of the boiler plants is grown on the own 5ha energy poplar plantation. The beneficiary of this typology of subproject is the whole community: the employees and the beneficiaries of the public institutions, the students and the children of preschool age. Importantly, the level of public service delivery also increases, making them more accessible in any period of time. Another innovative achievement of the project is the creation and endowment with IT equipment of the ECO Training Educational Centre within the “Voinicel” kindergarten. The purpose of the centre’s activities is not only to promote energy efficiency technologies and demonstration sources of renewable energy to the young generation of Feşteliţa village, but also to facilitate the online activities of educators and children during the COVID-19 pandemic. To mention, the IT equipment was purchased at the expense of the contribution collected on-line by the natives, within the Energy Efficiency project, but also with the financial support of Feşteliţa city hall. The “ECOFeşteliţa” Creation and Recycling Centre within the “Vasile Moga” gymnasium, created in 2020 by the project implementation team in response to the European Union’s initiative of active involvement in preventing the spread of COVID-19, continues its activities at a fast pace. Due to the contribution of the natives accumulated on-line, it was equipped with sewing / embroidery machines, fabrics and other equipment specific to the field of tailoring and reconditioning. Over 1000 protective masks of Feşteliţa brand were sewn and distributed through the local public institutions thanks to the creative efforts of the school community, but also of the volunteers from the village. It should be mentioned that the implementation team managed to save some money in the project budget, which, after co-ordination with the CoM-DeP support team and approval of the European Union

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Delegation to Moldova, follow to be directed to implementation of other additional works in the field of energy efficiency, namely: thermal insulation of the Feşteliţa city hall building and installation of on-grid photovoltaic panels with a cumulative capacity of 38 kW on 3 public institutions (kindergarten, gymnasium, city hall). Thus, these buildings will be able to claim the labelling „nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (nZEBs), with minimal CO2 emissions. The project „Creation of the Centre of Excellence through piloting demonstrative new energy efficiency technologies and renewable energy sources in FEŞTELIŢA community”, is financially supported by the European Union through the EU program „Convention of Mayors - Demonstration Projects” (CoM-DeP) and implemented by PA AO ”Fondul de Inovaţii Sociale din Moldova” NGO. The project promotion campaign is carried out through the page of the Association of Natives of Feşteliţa village, which currently has over 1000 followers (https://www.facebook.com/ABFestelita).


EU4ENERGY: ROUND TABLE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN CĂLĂRAŞI ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND REDUCTION OF CO2 EMISSIONS How are energy efficiency measures implemented in the context of the Association Agreement? What are greenhouse gases? Which sector produces the most emissions, how can we reduce CO2 emissions, but also what role do young people play in energy efficiency? These are some of the topics of the round table “The role of young people on energy efficiency and reduction of CO2 emissions”, held online on 17 February. The event was organised by IDIS „Viitorul” within the project „Efficient public lighting in Călăraşi-Firefly in the heart of forests”. The project is implemented by the local public authority in Călăraşi, in collaboration with IDIS „Viitorul”, with the financial support of the European Union (EU). The roundtable discussions addressed the commitment of the Republic of Moldova to reduce CO2 emissions by 2030, measures to reduce energy consumption in public institutions and the private sector, but also the role of young people in promoting energy efficiency. The online event brought together young people from Călăraşi district, specialists in public administration, representatives of public institutions from Călăraşi district and civil society. The energy efficiency sectors are considered a priority by the European Energy Community (EEC), and the EEC Member States have made a number of commitments to be reached by 2020. This is a 20% reduction in annual energy consumption. of renewable energy of 17% of total energy consumption NEWSLETTER OF THE DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TO THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA | JANUARY – FEBRUARY, 2021

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and 10% of electricity. A 25% reduction in CO2 and other emissions is also expected. The Republic of Moldova undertakes to unconditionally reduce, by 2030, greenhouse gas emissions by 70% compared to 1990. Greenhouse gas emissions contribute to the global phenomenon of climate change. Who are the biggest broadcasters? Which sector produces the most emissions? What is the amount of greenhouse gas emissions per year in the EU? These are just some of the questions that the project manager, Liubomir Chiriac, tried to answer. In the opinion of the participants, through the contribution and example of each one of using energy efficiently, it will be possible to reduce CO2 emissions for a cleaner and healthier environment. The round table took place within the energy efficiency project in Călăraşi, implemented with the support of the European Union. The project involves the installation of a 21-kilometer lighting network and the architectural lighting of the History Museum in the city of Călăraşi. As a result, the project will ensure a real saving of 6,500 EUR/year,

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will reduce CO2 emissions and maintenance and operating costs. The project „Efficient public lighting in Călăraşi-Firefly in the heart of forests” is implemented by the Călăraşi Town Hall in partnership with IDIS „Viitorul”. The project is funded by the European Union through the European programme “Covenant of Mayors – Demonstration Projects (CoM-DeP)”, part of the EU4Energy initiative. The EU4Energy Initiative covers all EU support to improve energy supply, security and connectivity, as well as to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewables in the Eastern Partner countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. It does this by financing projects and programmes that help to reform energy markets and to reduce national energy dependence and consumption. Over the longer term, this makes energy supply more reliable, transparent and affordable, thus reducing energy poverty and energy bills for both citizens and the private sector. More information: www.EU4Energy.eu


6TH HIGH LEVEL NATIONAL ROUND TABLE “GREEN ECONOMY – MADE IN MOLDOVA: FROM GREEN ECONOMY TO THE EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL” The 6th edition of the National High-level Round Table “Green Economy – Made in Moldova” took place on 29 January 2021 within EU4Environment, in order to promote the Green Economy Concept at the highest political level in Moldova and EaP countries, in all social-development sectors of the country, attracting the private sector, development partners, NGOs, media and the general public.

The High-Level National Round Table “GREEN ECONOMY - Made in Moldova” was organized within the EU-funded EU4Environment programme, as followup to the EU-funded “Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood” (EaP GREEN) programme that ended in 2017. EU4Environment is jointly implemented by EC, OECD, UNECE, UNEP, UNIDO and the World Bank and coordinated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and

Environment and the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure of the Republic of Moldova. An important component of EU4Environment is supporting Green Economy ownership, policy coherence and cross-sectorial coordination in Moldova and region. The High-level National Round Table for the promotion of Green Economy is coordinated by the Inter-ministerial Working Group on Sustainable Development and Green NEWSLETTER OF THE DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TO THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA | JANUARY – FEBRUARY, 2021

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Economy (also acting as the EU4Environment National Implementation Committee), co-chaired by the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment and Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure of the Republic of Moldova. The event is organized in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Moldova and the Public Association EcoContact, with support from UNEP. The first Round Table was organised in 2016 with support of the EaP GREEN programme,

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consecutive meetings took place yearly, and the fifth event took place on 31 January 2020 at Moldexpo. Invited participants to the Round Table include representatives from governmental agencies (MEI, MARDE, ODIMM), EC (DG NEAR, DG Env), EUD, EU4Environment IPs, NACs and beneficiaries, international organizations, embassies, businesses and enterprises / private sector, academic sector, environmental NGOs and experts, massmedia from Moldova and EaP countries.


EU4ENVIRONMENT: FIRST NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON THE ECO-INNOVATION METHODOLOGY AND EU CASE STUDIES FOR THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA The event was co-organised by the Organisation for Small Medium Enterprises Sector Development (ODIMM) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), as part of the EU-funded EU4Environment Programme.

Within EU4Environment businessmen from SMEs from the Republic of Moldova, interested in obtaining sustainable and green products and consumption models, were acquainted with the European methods of promoting eco-innovations in the entrepreneurial field. Recent studies and the evolution of public policies in the Republic of Moldova highlight the need to take further action

to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises (hereafter SMEs) to adopt more environmentally friendly business practices. While SMEs generate about 64% of industrial pollution in the European Union, only 16% of them are engaged in environmental actions (OECD Green Growth Studies, 2018: Environmental Policy Toolkit for SME Greening in EU Eastern Partnership Countries). There is NEWSLETTER OF THE DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TO THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA | JANUARY – FEBRUARY, 2021

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thus still significant potential to promote tools and good practices to encourage the „greening” of SMEs in the country. Many of these tools are already implemented by Member States of the European Union and can be adapted to the needs of SMEs in the Republic of Moldova, thereby encouraging sustainable development and international economic competitiveness of businesses and the country’s economy at large. The United Nations Environment Programme (hereafter UNEP) is one of five partner agencies implementing the EUfunded EU4Environment programme from 2019 to 2023 (hereafter “EU4Environment”). This regional programme supports six countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) in making policy planning and investment greener, stimulating the uptake of innovative products and technologies, and raising awareness about the benefits of environmental action. As part of the EU4Environment programme, UNEP is leading a component on promoting ecological value-chains and product innovation (hereafter eco-innovation) among SMEs in Moldova and other Eastern Partnership (hereafter EaP) countries. This includes capacity development and provision of technical assistance to enhance the sustainability of SMEs value

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chains, production processes and overall lifecycle of the products/services they offer. Greening SMEs will provide the Republic of Moldova with a range of opportunities to take advantage of its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) Agreement with the EU, as well as to achieve goals under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Elements of greening SMEs can also be found in Moldova’s Environmental Strategy for 2014-2023; the Strategy for Low Emission Development of the Republic of Moldova until 2030; the National Energy Efficiency Programme for 2011-2020; the Energy Strategy of the Republic of Moldova until 2030; the Strategy for waste management in the Republic of Moldova for 2013-2027 and; the country’s Strategy for water supply and sanitation (2014-2028). This underlines also a favourable political landscape for stimulating eco-innovation among enterprise in Moldova. During the event UNEP’s (and EU’s) ecoinnovation approach and methodology was presented, also the experience of EU and other countries’ enterprises on ecoinnovation was shared; and discussed what SME sectors in Moldova show the greatest potential for uptake and implementation of eco-innovation strategies and practices.


LAUNCH OF AN E-LEARNING COURSE “INTRODUCTION TO THE GREEN ECONOMY” IN THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA The Republic of Moldova is continuing its green transformation. At the annual high-level event “Green Economy – Made in Moldova” on 29 January 2021, UNEP, one of the implementing agencies of the EU-funded EU4Environment programme, together with its partner UNITAR, launched an e-learning course “Introduction to the Green Economy”.

This 10-hour course is hosted on the UN CC: Learning platform and can be completed at your own pace. It is free of charge and upon completion, learners gain a certificate. It includes basic concepts, policy instruments and international frameworks that promote inclusive green economies at all levels. The course consists of five modules with interactive exercises that reinforce the readers learning. After completing the course, learners will be able to: • Describe the rationale and core concepts for moving away from business-as-usual practices and towards an inclusive green economy;

• Identify enabling conditions for greening national economies; • Outline principal opportunities and challenges to greening key sectors of the economy; • Provide examples of enabling national and sectoral strategies and planning; • Distinguish international frameworks and initiatives in support of an inclusive green economy. This course is open to policy-makers, businesses, and the general public. For more information about the course, please visit https://cutt.ly/PzWJ6xl NEWSLETTER OF THE DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TO THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA | JANUARY – FEBRUARY, 2021

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EU4ENVIRONMENT IS FACILITATING GREEN PUBLIC INVESTMENTS IN MOLDOVA BY IMPLEMENTING THE DESIGNED CLEAN PUBLIC TRANSPORT (CPT) PROGRAMME. The workshop on “Implementing the Designed Clean Public Transport (CPT) Programme in Moldova” took place on 5 February 2021.

The meeting objectives were: • to present the project on Facilitating green public investments in Moldova: Implementing the designed Clean Public Transport (CPT) Programme. • to present the main finding of the draft report on potential funding sources. • to identify next steps in CPT programme implementation, in particular, how programme implementation unit (PIU) should be set up.

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The Clean Public Transport (CPT) Programme was developed within the “Low-carbon public spending at the national level in Moldova” Project and is focused on supporting the shift to modern buses using cleaner fossil fuels (such as CNG – compressed natural gas and LPG – liquefied petroleum gas) or electricity generated by these or renewable resources (wind, solar or hydro power) in case of trolleybuses.

suburban vehicles in the two pilot cities (62 trolleybuses, 393 buses and 280 minibuses), requiring an investment of USD 150.2 million. Assuming the more ambitious scaling-up phase (Scenario 2) is implemented, Moldova will have 2 510 new urban, suburban and inter-city vehicles (62 trolleybuses, 1 456 buses and 992 minibuses with CNG, LPG and modern diesel engines) at an investment cost of USD 498.6 million.

The CPT Programme includes two phases: the first (pilot) phase for two selected cities and an extension (scaling-up) phase for a larger area and a larger number of beneficiaries. The pilot phase foresees replacing 77 old vehicles (62 trolleybuses and 15 minibuses) in Chisinau and Balti, involving a total investment of USD 19.1 million over one year (after a oneyear preparatory phase). Together, the pilot and the scaling-up phase (Scenario 1) will provide 735 new urban and

The activity is financially supported by and implemented within the framework of EU for Environment (EU4Environment). Under the overall direction of the European Commission, the implementing partners – OECD, UN Environment, UNECE, UNIDO, and the World Bank – build on important achievements of past cooperation programmes, such as Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood (EaP GREEN), a regional programme implemented in 2013-17. NEWSLETTER OF THE DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TO THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA | JANUARY – FEBRUARY, 2021

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MEETING OF THE INTER-MINISTERIAL WORKING GROUP ON THE PROMOTION OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND GREEN ECONOMY Greening SMEs, promotion of eco-innovations and eco-labelling, strengthening of the operations of the National Ecological Fund, continuous development of environmental assessment procedures, integration of circular economy provision into waste management and application of ecosystem services approaches - this are the priority domains of the activity within EU4Environment in Moldova for 2021 - examined and approved at the annual meeting of the Inter-ministerial working group on the promotion of sustainable development and green economy/National Implementation Committee for EU4Environment in the Republic of Moldova. The meeting of the Inter-ministerial Working Group on the promotion of Sustainable Development and Green Economy took place on 12 February 2021. The meeting objectives were: • to present the status of the implementation of EU4Environment in Moldova in 2020, including adjustments that have had to be made due to the global pandemic and other political developments; • to present the detailed work plans for the first 6 months of 2021 and general activity plans till the end of 2021 (with contribution/presentation from Implementing Partners), including planned EU4Environment regional events; • to present the preparations for the EU Green Week in June 2021, as well as other related environmental events in 2021 (both at national and regional levels); • to ensure synergies with other international projects/programmes under implementation in Moldova and region; • to inform the EU4Environment implementing partners about the possibilities and needs regarding the

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implementation of the EU4Environment programme in Moldova (and at the regional level, as appropriate); The meeting gathered participants from State secretaries (NFPs/Co-chairs from MEI and MARDE), Members of the NIC/WG on SD and GE/NIC of EU4Environment in Moldova, representatives of governmental agencies, MEI, MARDE, ODIMM, APP, AEE, academic sector, environmental NGOs, DG NEAR, DG Environment, Delegation of the EU in RM, representatives of Implementing Partners (OECD, UNEP, UNECE and UNIDO, WB). For more information: https://www. eu4environment.org/events/meeting-ofthe-inter-ministerial-working-group-on-thepromotion-of-sustainable-development-andgreen-economy/


RESILIENT DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

DIGITAL SOLUTIONS DELIVERING REAL BENEFITS: EU4DIGITAL CAMPAIGN FOCUSES ON E-HEALTH How is eHealth changing the roll out of health care in the Eastern partner countries and what is the European Union doing to help? EU4Digital has carried out a campaign highlighting the project’s support for eHealth solutions in the partner countries, highlighting the vital importance of eHealth in the current pandemic and what we can expect in the years to come.

The campaign, which was promoted in local press and through social media, was built around a series of stories developed in cooperation with local media partners. These stories highlighted eHealth solutions implemented in the Eastern partner countries, the challenges they face, and

the support of the European Union and its EU4Digital initiative. For more information please access: https:// eufordigital.eu/digital-solutions-deliveringreal-benefits-eu4digital-campaign-focuseson-ehealth/ NEWSLETTER OF THE DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TO THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA | JANUARY – FEBRUARY, 2021

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SAVE THE DATE – PLANNED EVENTS

DATA: 25-26/03/2021 – E-TRADECON The Customs Service of the Republic of Moldova, the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Moldova, the USAID Moldova Structural Reform Program and the American Chamber of Commerce in Moldova, in partnership with the European Business Association, invite the public to the inaugural national conference dedicated to trade facilitation e-TRADECON. The event will take place on 25 and 26 March in an online format.

The main objective of the e-TRADECON event is to reaffirm the strategic role of the quality of customs regulations on the flow of goods, to question their status quo, as well as to meditate on the vectors of modernization of the customs framework, in the context of the EU – Moldova Association Agreement. e-TRADECON will provide an interactive platform for strategic dialogue for local and international customs specialists, regardless of their field of activity, in both the public and private sectors. The first day of the Conference is dedicated to discussions on the draft of the new Customs Code,OFand specifically the benefits NEWSLETTER THE DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TO 82 THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA | JANUARY – FEBRUARY, 2021 and regulatory costs. This day will also

cover the importance of digital and physical infrastructure, along with their impact on the efficiency of customs corridors. The second day of the Conference will be dedicated to ascertaining the state of affairs of customs regulations on the size of customs value and the origin of goods, in the context of regional practice; ensuring customs compliance. The next panel will be focused to identifying tools to stimulate cross-border e-commerce, from a public and corporate perspective. The last panel is designed to tackle the customs regulations compliance aspects. For more information, please access the following link: https://cutt.ly/mzm685X


This newsletter is produced in the framework of the project “Visibility of EU and EU assistance in 2021 in the Republic of Moldova”. The project is funded by the European Union and implemented by Particip GmbH. Contact data: The European Union Delegation to the Republic of Moldova: Delegation-Moldova@eeas.europa.eu Editorial team: Svetlana Japalau, Team Leader, Particip GmbH, svetlana.japalau@particip.com Natalia Ionel, Key Expert, Particip GmbH, natalia.ionel@particip.com

The content of this publication is the exclusive responsibility of Particip GmbH and the editorial team, and does not in any way represent the opinion of the European Union.

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