EU4Moldova: 47 development initiatives to be launched in rural communities from Cahul and Ungheni
February 25, 2021

EU4Moldova: 47 development initiatives to be launched in rural communities from Cahul and Ungheni

A series of initiatives for promoting sustainable development in Cahul and Ungheni regions will be launched this year in 26 Moldovan villages. These rural communities are the members of four Local Action Groups, which won grants under the ‘EU4Moldova: Focal Regions Programme’ in 2020.

The Local Action Groups ‘Lunca Prutului de Jos’, ‘Movila Măgura’, ‘Cişmeaua Sudului’ and ‘Valea Halmagei’ received a total assistance of €200,000 from EU and invested it in 47 development micro-projects through local calls for project proposals. The implementation of projects will contribute to the sustainable development of communities by using green technologies such as LED to expand public lighting in several localities, equipping local companies with modern and energy efficient technology, and promoting cycling by installing public bike racks. The new projects will generate at least 30 new jobs in the 4 LAGs.

Ten development initiatives will contribute to harnessing the natural potential and attracting tourists in the first Biosphere Reserve of the Republic of Moldova – ‘Lower Prut’. The kindergarten from Văleni village will be modernised and will be endowed with ozobots and other SMART equipment. As well, a winery, bakery, production unit for traditional jams and sauces will be renovated and provided with equipment,” says Silvia Ştirbeţ, President of Lunca Prutului de Jos LAG.

Movila Măgură LAG will develop in parallel several initiatives in Negurenii Vechi: harvesting apples according to a modern technology, modernising local shops, and promoting the locality through virtual exhibitions.

“This year, Alexanderfeld village will renovate a part of its central park, Cişmichioi village will modernise its public bus stations, and Pelinei village will install an irrigation system for its vineyards and lavender plantations,” says Dmitri Ianul, Manager of Cişmeaua Sudului LAG.

Mobile vulcanisation services, ecological technologies in the wine-growing sector, a multifunctional park, and public street lighting extension are among 13 selected initiatives to be implemented this year in communities which are members of Valea Halmagei LAG.

EU4Moldova: Focal Regions Programme (2019-2024) supports smart, green, inclusive and sustainable development in Cahul and Ungheni, to ensure a better quality of life for citizens. The Programme has a total budget of €23 million and is financed by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Currently, 32 Local Action Groups are registered in the Republic of Moldova, covering 35% of rural areas. The next call for grants will be announced in 2022.

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