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Strengthening cooperation between the inhabitants of both banks of the Dniester through the development of the rural infrastructure

The frozen conflict in Transnistria affects the socio-economic situation of its society and is the reason for the growing crisis experienced by the region. The authorities of Transnistria are facing economic hardships and the consequences of the so-called blockade, i.e. adjusting the Moldovan customs duty system to the EU standards and subjecting Transnistria to the provisions of DCFTA as of 1 January 2016. The continuing political and economic crisis in Moldova does not favour initiatives focusing on the relation between Chisinau and Tiraspol.

The political and economic situation in Transnistria is gradually deteriorating, which is caused by the Rubel depreciation, restrictions on the foreign currency trading, decrease of Russian aid and withdrawal of Russian investors. The society of this self-proclaimed state is dependent on the aid provided by foreign donors, since almost all branches of the industry have been in decline in the last 25 years and the region is unable to function independently.

With respect to politics, the problem lies in the fact that there is no intention of reintegrating both parts of Moldova. This is also reflected in the attitudes and opinions of the people living in the divided country of Moldova. This project serves as an attempt at overcoming this division at the local level and mitigating its consequences. The EU and the UNDP promote local initiatives and cooperation between people living on both banks of the Dniester, which will undoubtedly facilitate the development of the local community or even be conducive to securing the community’s support for reintegration in the future.

Strengthening cooperation between the inhabitants of both banks of the Dniester through the development of the rural infrastructure

The project is scheduled to be implemented from 15 July to 15 December 2016 in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Chisinau and its local partner, the Rașcov Municipality Office, Camenca (Transnistria). Its objective is to integrate the communities living on both banks of the Dniester and to develop mutual trust by engaging in a variety of social, cultural or educational events.

Under the project, a general renovation of the Cultural Centre building will be carried out with funding provided by the UNDP and the Polish Aid. This will allow interest circles to be actively involved at the Cultural Centre, organise holidays and official events as well as implement joint projects on both banks of the Dniester. The renovation of the building will not only help to preserve the entire cultural attainment and tradition, help to educate children and teenagers, but it will also allow a number of people to keep their jobs. Creating convenient conditions for the operation of the Cultural Centre will increase the participation of people with disabilities or impoverished families in the public life of the village and strengthen their importance to society. The intentional use of the renovated building provides opportunities for accomplishing more comprehensive political goals in the long term.

The inhabitants of the Rașcov village - 2,100 persons, and the inhabitants of neighbouring villages, including the ones on the right bank of the Dniester - primarily the Vadul lui and Rașcov villages - a total of 5,000 persons will be the beneficiaries of the project.

Strengthening cooperation between the inhabitants of both banks of the Dniester through the development of the rural infrastructure

The project was implemented from 16 August to 5 December 2016. Its objective was to integrate the communities living on both banks of the Dniester and to develop mutual trust by engaging in a variety of social, cultural or educational events. As part of the project, the funding provided by the Polish Aid was used for a partial renovation of the Cultural Centre building (replacing the windows, doors and renovating the façade). The renovation works are scheduled to be completed at the end of 2017 with the use of the European Union funding. In the future, the building will be used for the operation of interest circles, organising holidays and official events as well as implementing joint projects on both banks of the Dniester. The project was fully funded by the Polish Aid and its value amounted to approximately PLN 125,000 (EUR 30,000). For the purposes of calculation, the following exchange rate was applied: EUR 1 = PLN 4.1749.