The EU Strategy for the Danube Region offers new opportunities for development of settlements in Moldova

Today, the representatives of the central and local authorities, civil society and NGOs from Moldova had the opportunity to meet and discuss within the National Conference on the financial opportunities of the the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR).  The goal of the event was to find project partners and get acquainted with the experience of countries such as Romania, Hungary and Austria in joint projects but also to promote EUSDR.

Within the welcome speech, the Minister of Regional Development and Construction Vasile Bîtca, stressed the importance of the cooperation and institutional synergy in order to ensure an efficient realisation of the projects for socio-economic development of the localities from Moldova. "This strategy is very valuable to us, both in terms of regional, cross-border and transnational cooperation. We strive to ensure participation an efficient   and active participation for all 11 priorities of the strategy, such as renewable energy, culture and tourism, transport, environment and security, "said Minister Vasile Bîtca.

The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania to Moldova, Daniel Ionita, talked about the possibilities of strengthening the regional cooperation and EUSDR benefits. "Strategy is an European political project, an innovative tool for socio-economic development of localities. For the first time this strategy is open and provide opportunities for developing countries in Europe that have not yet joined the Union. There are many benefits: economic opportunities for public and private sector, intensification of the competitiveness, training national actors in a new format" said Daniel Ionita.

First Counsellor, Head of Operations Section of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Moldova, Aneil Singh, named the tools offered by EU for EUSDR initiatives and stressed the benefits of  such programs: "The strategy provides details about the calls for small funds existing for this macro-region, the programme of strategic projects and of course the, Danube Transnational Programme 2014-2020. We want to transpose strategy into action. "

In the second part of the event, Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Construction, National Coordinator EUSDR Anatol Usatii thanked for the continuous support offered by the EU in the implementation of initiatives in line with EUSDR priorities, and particularly to the Austrian Development Agency, which offer a valuable support over the last two years for the active promotion of the Strategy. In this regard, thought “Danube Connects” project has been organised interministerial group meetings, consultations with NGOs active in the SUERD priority areas, information sessions and events in the region to facilitate partnerships. He stressed that in the coming period it is necessary to focus the efforts on implementing strategic projects with a solid regional impact within SUERD, the success of which can be transformed into models of similar cooperation, and taken best practices from neighbouring states regarding the opportunity to effectively use the EU Strategy for the Danube Region.

The National Coordinator SUERD in Romania, Silvia Davidoiu, Vice President of the Regional Council of Odessa Yuriy Dimchoglo and other participants presented the state of play regarding the implementation of SUERD, experiences and events promoted in Romania and Ukraine.

As well , the participants  attending the event had the opportunity to see the exhibition of the best practices in the region and the representatives of diplomatic missions and international organizations from the Danube countries in Moldova discussed with local institutions concepts of projects exhibited at the event.


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