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At the occasion of the visit of Prime Minister Maia Sandu to Brussels, the European Union and the Republic of Moldova signed three Financing Agreements to implement projects with the European Union contribution worth €40.25 million. Those programmes will support socio-economic development, increase citizens’ participation, strengthen fight against corruption, and promote gender equality and youth empowerment.
Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations commented: “These programmes will bring comprehensive support across key sectors in order to deliver what the citizens of Moldova deserve - clear and tangible benefits to their lives. This is yet another important signal of EU’s strong commitment to support Moldova in its progress towards a democratic and corrupt-free state.”
This follows the resumption of Budget Support payments to Moldova as announced on 23 July 2019, following progress made over the last weeks by the government of Moldova in the respect of democratic principles and fight against corruption.
More information on the programmes
The three EU programmes will provide support in the following areas:
- The EU will promote gender equality and women’s empowerment through strengthened implementation of gender mainstreaming in local public policies and promote combating domestic violence affecting women and children.
- The EU will also further promote the international exchange of students through the Erasmus+ programme and fund more mobility opportunities for Moldovan researchers (up to now 915 students and academic staff members from Moldova have been mobile to Europe), with the aim to further scientific excellence in Moldova and increase their competitiveness in EU programmes such as Horizon 2020
The implementation of these programmes will start in the coming weeks in cooperation with key partners on the ground, to deliver real impact and ensure full benefits of EU support.
Under the same 2018 financial package to Moldova, the EU also committed €10 million for the confidence building measures in support of the peaceful settlement of the Transnistrian conflict. The programme helps increase confidence between Chisinau and Tiraspol through initiatives involving local authorities, civil society organisations and other stakeholders from both sides of the Nistru River. Implementation of this programme started in the beginning of 2019.