6 EU-UN projects aimed to improve people’s lives inspire the visitors of the European Village

On 13 May, visitors of the European Village in the centre of Chisinau had the opportunity to interact, play and learn more about 6 projects implemented by the United Nations and financed by the European Union.

The European Union and the United Nations cooperate to support the Republic of Moldova in the achievement of its development priorities. This collaboration reflects a broad global relationship between the European Union and the United Nations, which covers various aspects, from development to climate change, human rights, the fight against corruption and crime.

As a result of this cooperation, the people and communities of the Republic of Moldova now benefit from a diverse set of programs and projects, financed by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations. Six of these were presented on Sunday, within at the European Village, organized by the Delegation of the European Union in the Republic of Moldova:

  • Support to Confidence Building Measures Programme (UNDP), aims to build confidence between people on both banks of the Nistru river, so that they cooperate more effectively and work together to improve their lives. In order to achieve this objective, the programme is oriented towards the involvement of local public authorities, civil society organisations, business communities on both banks of the Nistru river in joint activities on modernization of the infrastructure and on business development.
  • Construction of the Jointly Operated Border Crossing Point Palanca on the territory of the Republic of Moldova (UNDP), whose basic objective is to create from the ground a jointly operated border crossing point at Palanca, on the territory of Moldova. The new crossing point will be built respecting all European standards and principles on border control management, ensuring improved conditions for safe and transparent business and trade, movement of people and goods across the border and respecting the principles of gender, thus contributing to the stabilization and further development of the region. The project will also contribute to a wider objective, namely “safer and more open borders” between Ukraine and Moldova. The expected long-term impact is to contribute to the strengthening of good neighbourhood relationships, as well as facilitation of trade and migration flows between two countries.
  • Moldova Energy and Biomass Project (UNDP), contributes to the production of safe, competitive and sustainable energy from biomass, the most viable and accessible source of renewable energy in the Republic of Moldova. The project has laid the foundation for the development of bioenergy sector in Moldova, by connecting hundreds of public institutions to biomass heating systems, providing financial support for the launch of dozens of biomass processing and biofuel production businesses, as well as providing the platform for continuous trainings in the maintenance of new green technologies.
  • The Programme “Support for agriculture and rural development in ATU Gagauzia and Taraclia” (UNDP), aims to enhance collaboration between central and local authorities, and between regional organisations in Gagauzia and Taraclia district, in order to stimulate social and economic development of the region and of the Republic of Moldova as a whole. SARD programme implements activities related to the development of local entrepreneurial initiatives, community empowerment, renovation of infrastructure and the promotion of inter-municipal cooperation in ATU Gagauzia and Taraclia district.
  • The project "Promoting and protecting women migrant workers' rights" (UN Women), has contributed to the promotion and protection of the rights of migrant women at all stages of migration. Moreover, the project enabled women to join forces and create the first Movement of Migrant Women from Moldova in order to be more protected and to contribute to local development.
  • “Supporting the implementation of the migration and development component of the EU-Moldova Mobility partnership and harnessing its benefits for the residents of the Transnistria Region of the Republic of Moldova" (IOM), aims at supporting the implementation of the migration and development component of the Mobility Partnership EU-Republic of Moldova, in order to minimize the negative effects of migration and harness the benefits of migration for development purposes, as well as extend the benefits of the Mobility Partnership in the transnistrian region in order to contribute to confidence-building measures between the left and right banks, by reducing the social pressure caused by the unresolved conflict between the two societies.

The stands of the United Nations in the European Village have entertained the visitors with quizzes, debates about green energy, questionnaires, photo sessions, products of business created with the EU support.

At the same time, as the celebrations of the EU Day in Chisinau coincided with the UN Global Road Safety Week, the visitors learned more about the problem of excessive speed as the main risk factor and first cause of deaths and injuries resulting from road traffic accidents, at a stand of the The NGO "Automobile Club of Moldova" and of the National Patrol Inspectorate.