6 October, 2015 – 10:00 to 8 October, 2015 – 15:00

5th European Café tour devoted to Agriculture took place in 3 regions in Moldova on 6-8 October. The last tour’s topic was absolutely vital for Moldova, being a highly agricultural country with limited modernisation in the sector and great vulnerability to external threats (weather, Russian imports and embargos, western imports).

While agriculture yields only 6% of the country’s GDP, 30% of the work force is employed in the sector. As any changes in the sector have a major impact on the employment and livelihood, particularly among the regional population, agriculture is a highly politicized topic – and, consequently, debate on the sector’s future in relation to EU integration (and market liberalisation) is overwhelmed with myths and fear-mongering, yet virtually lacking and fact- and evidence-based arguments. The timing was also not accidental – the tour took place at the end of the harvest session, making the debates timely and attractive for the target audience.

Thus, the objective of this tour was to describe changes in the agriculture sectors of the V4 countries in relation to European integration. Furthermore, the aim was to inform the audience about the advantages/disadvantages of European integration, and most importantly to share personal stories and experience with a period of significant changes in the agricultural sector.

The debates were held in Russian (with some Romanian spoken too) in the following locations and the following team of speakers:

1) 6 October 2015 – Şeptelici (Soroca District) at 10:00

  • Mirosław Matreńczyk, Chairperson of East Foundation (Fundacja Wschód), Entrepreneur and NGO Leader (Poland)
  • Iurie Fala, Deputy Head of the Moldovan Association of Fruit Producers/Exporters (Moldova)
  • Róbert Vysoký, Managing Director at BIOELECTROENERGY (Slovakia)

2) 7 October 2015 – Călăraşi (Călăraşi District) at 10:00

  • Mirosław Matreńczyk, Chairperson of East Foundation (Fundacja Wschód), Entrepreneur and NGO Leader (Poland)
  • Iurie Fala, Deputy Head of the Moldovan Association of Fruit Producers/Exporters (Moldova)
  • Alexander Kandakov, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences, Czech University of Life Sciences (Czech Republic)

For those of you interested in watching the discussion on Wednesday, the on-line streaming is available here.

3) 8 October 2015 – Bieşti (Orhei district) at 10:00

  • Mirosław Matreńczyk, Chairperson of East Foundation (Fundacja Wschód), Entrepreneur and NGO Leader (Poland)
  • Alexander Kandakov, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences, Czech University of Life Sciences (Czech Republic)
  • Róbert Vysoký, Managing Director at BIOELECTROENERGY (Slovakia)

 

The activity is taking place within the „European Cafés in Moldova“ project financially supported by the International Visegrad Fund.

Media coverage

Videoblog on the current situation in Moldova: http://tv.sme.sk/v/32557/v-moldavsku-zmizla-miliarda-dolarov-zatkli-byvaleho-premiera.html