30 September, 2015 – 10:00 to 2 October, 2015 – 17:00

On 30 September – 2 October, the Slovak Atlantic Commission organised already 4th European Café tour devoted to the topic “Local Development: Shape the future of your region” with yet another ambition to engage various Moldova’s regions in the public debates in order to understand the role and function of the local community leaders in managing the local public affairs.

Moreover, the aim of the discussions was to inform the audience about the changes that the transition and European integration reforms bring in relation to the local development and what opportunities, possibilities as well as costs are involved. Furthermore, the goal was to motivate the citizens to get more involved in the local public affairs and improve the life of whole community.

As a direct consequence of AA/DCFTA implementation and as a precondition to a further EU integration of Moldova, significant changes will (need to) take place in different areas and sectors, many of them directly impacting everyday lives of common citizens living in Moldova´s regions. The lack of information and understanding cause fear and uncertainty, undermining the pro-reform and EU orientation efforts of the country. Ambition of the 4th tour was therefore to help mitigate this situation and provide the necessary information, sober arguments, as well as motivating and personal stories from Central European and Moldovan professionals.

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

1.) 30 September – Căinari (Căuşeni district) at 10:00

  • Michal Biganič, Former Mayor of Stará Ľubovňa, Former Diplomat (Slovakia)
  • Ion Carpineanu, Mayor of Cărpineni (Hânceşti rayon) (Moldova)
  • Tomasz Horbowski, Director of the Information Centre for Local Public Authorities in Moldova (Poland)

2.) 1 October – Măgdăceşti (Criuleni district) in Sala de Ședințe a Primăriei at 16:00

  • Michal Biganič, Former Mayor of Stará Ľubovňa, Former Diplomat (Slovakia)
  • Ion Carpineanu, Mayor of Cărpineni (Hânceşti rayon) (Moldova)
  • Tomasz Horbowski, Director of the Information Centre for Local Public Authorities in Moldova (Poland)

3.) 2 October – Popeasca (Ştefan-Vodă district) at 15:00

  • Michal Biganič, Former Mayor of Stará Ľubovňa, Former Diplomat (Slovakia)
  • Ion Carpineanu, Mayor of Cărpineni (Hânceşti rayon) (Moldova)
  • Tomasz Horbowski, Director of the Information Centre for Local Public Authorities in Moldova (Poland)

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

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

 

Media coverage:

http://newsmaker.md/rus/spetsproekty/v-european-cafe-pogovorili-o-evropeyskih-grantah-na-razvitie-moldavskih-sel