Cooperation with Moldova

12.01.2015. 12:12


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Informācija par Latvijas attīstības sadarbības prioritārajām valstīm







Latvia's assistance to Moldova

In 2005, Latvia commenced the implementation of co-operation projects with Moldova with the adoption of the first Development Co-operation Policy Plan. At that time, Moldova was for the first time selected as a priority country for Latvia. Latvia's choice was based on support for Moldova's economic and social development. Latvia is interested in stability and development in the region, also being aware of Moldova's aspirations and needs. Within a year's time, "Latvia's Development Co-operation with Moldova 2006 – 2008 Country Strategy" paper was drafted and adopted. The strategy includes the experience of professionals from the non-governmental sector, proposals from the respective state agencies, as well as recommendations provided by representatives from the Moldovan government and civic society, and by the international donors involved in Moldova. It identifies comparative advantages, priorities, stakeholders, as well as directions and potential measures for the advancement of development co-operation with Moldova. It should be noted that the priorities and measures for providing development co-operation assistance to Moldova are being regularly assessed.

In 2005, Latvia implemented several projects in Moldova. Their overall goal was to strengthen national administrative capacity. Assistance was commenced for the strengthening of the Moldovan Border Guard, for the reform of prisons and customs as well as for the enhancement of the local authority administrative capacity. In 2005, the total funding provided by Latvia for the projects in Moldova was LVL 59,480, and eight projects were implemented. Development co-operation projects with Moldova in 2005.

In 2006, the Border Guard and the Customs of Latvia continued co-operation with their Moldovan colleagues, support to Moldovan local authorities was also sustained. As new elements in the co-operation, projects emerged for the development of civic society and the promotion of environmental protection, as well as a project for the development of education in the agricultural sector.

Priority countries, priorities and projects were set out in "The Development Co-operation Policy Plan for 2006".

On 3 April 2006, an agreement on development co-operation between the Republic of Latvia and the Republic of Moldova was signed. On the basis of the agreement, a Joint Committee of the Republic of Latvia and the Republic of Moldova was established. Its task was to participate in the planning and co-ordination of development assistance co-operation, as well as in the information exchange regarding other activities in the given area, including grant programmes and projects.

In 2006, Latvia provided a total amount of LVL 82,897.25 for the implementation of 9 projects in Moldova. Development co-operation projects with Moldova in 2006.

In 2007, the Border Guard of Latvia and the Prison Administration continued with their projects in Moldova; the strengthening of civic society, including NGOs, was maintained, and assistance was kept up in the environmental protection and local authority reforms. New projects, in their turn were initiated on food quality monitoring and enhancement, as well as for a reform of the judicial system. Priority countries, priorities and projects were defined in "The Development Co-operation Policy Plan for 2007". During that year, the embassies of Latvia in the recipient countries were for the first time allocated funding, with the aim to initiate and administer development co-operation projects in their residence countries. The Embassy in Ukraine, which was responsible for co-operation with Moldova, was allocated LVL 15,000. In 2007, Latvia financed fifteen projects in Moldova to a total amount of LVL 159,812.16. 

In accordance with "The Development Co-operation Policy Plan for 2008", projects will continue for the training of Border Guard staff, the improvement of the work of food and veterinary services as well as for the enhancement of the judicial system.

This year, procedures for the allocation of Ministry of Foreign Affairs funding for fact-finding missions in the areas defined by the Development Co-operation Policy Plan for 2008 have been put into place. Any association, foundation, company, public institution or local authority registered in the Republic of Latvia may submit applications for funding. Fact-finding missions to Latvia's beneficiary countries, including Moldova, have been undertaken by the Free Trade Union Federation of Latvia, to determine the possibilities for co-operation with partner organisations in Moldova, and in promoting an understanding of the role of society in development opportunities and in safeguarding worker rights and interests.

Likewise, procedures for the allocation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs funding for embassies of the Republic of Latvia in Georgia, Belarus and Ukraine were also drafted. 

In 2008 the Latvian Embassy in Ukraine, which holds responsibility for the implementation of Latvia's co-operation with Moldova received the amount LVL 15,000 for this purpose. Invitations to submit projects from Latvia were open to registered associations, foundations, businessmen, local governments and to state institutions.

Within the framework of the 2008 grants project competition the right to implement their project was awarded to I. Kozakevics and the Latvian National Cultures Association as well as to the Valmiera District Foundation.

Development cooperation projects in 2008.

Development cooperation projects in 2009.

Development cooperation projects in 2010.

Useful information:

  2. EU-Moldova Action Plan
  3. EU-Moldova Partnership and Co-operation Agreement (1998)