On 31 of January 2014, the Council of Ambassadors of Visegrad Fund approved grant projects submitted within last year’s deadlines of Extended Standard Grants. From 23 accepted projects, the project entitled Introducing EU standards in Moldova: towards a new model of cooperation and planning has been approved.
It is first project from the Extended Standard Program financed by Visegrad Fund in Moldova under the implementation of National Institute for Economic Research acting as the project coordinator. Other partners are: Inspiro Consulting LLC (Moldova), University of South Bohemia in Českých Budějovice (Czech Republic), Forum Ruchu Europejskiego (Poland), Szent Istvan University (Hungary), and Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (Slovakia). Target group is represented by Moldovan Local Public Authorities.
The project aims to contribute to regional development through increasing steering capacity of public administration and competencies of the institutions responsible for development in Moldova.
The project consists in strengthening the self-governance and local democracy, good management practices in the local administration with respect to V4 countries experience. As well the character of the project consists in strengthening the cooperation between V4 and Moldova local public representatives.
The man phases of the project consist in:
- Train the local public authorities on the issue of planning/implementation and inter-municipal cooperation
- Organize study visits for selected public authorities from Moldova in Visegrad regions in order to share good knowledge on planning and system functionality
- Organize an international conference on Regional Development and Inter-municipal cooperation
- Elaborate integrated development plans for few selected municipalities.
Details about the Visegrad Fund. The International Visegrad Fund is an international organization based in Bratislava founded by the governments of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries—the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Republic of Poland, and the Slovak Republic in Štiřín, Czech Republic, on June 9, 2000.
The purpose of the Fund is to facilitate and promote the development of closer cooperation among citizens and institutions in the region as well as between the V4 region and other countries, especially the Western Balkans and countries of the Eastern Pa rtnership. The Fund does so through grant support of common cultural, scientific and educational projects, youth exchanges, cross-border projects and tourism promotion, and through individual mobility programs (scholarships, residencies).