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Inspiration for Moldova rural area development in good practice of Lubuskie commons

The Swidnica Gmina (municipality) participated in a project implemented by the Association of the Mayors and Commune Administrators of the Lubuskie Voivodship entitled “The Polish experience in the development of self-government - an opportunity for Moldova,” which consisted of establishing partnership links with Moldovan local government authorities. The representatives of local government authorities from Moldova interested in the development of rural municipalities were also offered an opportunity to participate in a study visit organised by Swidnica Municipality Office. One of the delegation participants was the mayor of Nicolaieuca, Ms. Claudia Bejenaru. As a result of that visit, on 15 November 2009, the Swidnica Gmina signed a partnership agreement with Nicolaieuca. Moreover, Orasului Cimislia became the partner municipality of Nowogrod Bobrzanski, which participated in the implementation of this project together with Swidnica. The partnership agreement between the municipalities of Nowogrod Bobrzanski and Orasului Cimislia was signed on 12 October 2009.

During their visit in Swidnica, the Moldovan local government officials took note of the very efficient operation of the local government authorities. At the time, the Moldovan municipalities struggled with the issues of underdeveloped agriculture that did not meet EU standards or requirements, emerging entrepreneurship, a lack of knowledge on how to formulate achievable, local-level development goals and a complete lack of social structures.

Nicolaieuca and Orasului Cimislia are rural municipalities located in central Moldova. Their agricultural potential is huge and because of their location (close to the country’s capital) they are highly attractive to entrepreneurs starting businesses. The example of the municipality of Swidnica demonstrates perfectly that exploitation of such features yields good results, as is also in relation to rural communes. That is why, at the initiative of the Mayor of Nicolaieuca, Ms. Claudia Bejenaru, the partners planned a series of training sessions and study tours, all with the aim of lending support to the development of Moldova’s rural areas and agriculture.

Inspiration for Moldova rural area development in good practice of Lubuskie commons

The initiative was a pilot project. Its implementation in Moldova’s rural municipalities of Nicolaieuca and Orasului Cimislia enabled the transfer of know-how and experience through training sessions and study tours focused on measures that stimulate economic development, cooperation with farmers and rural entrepreneurs, and the functioning of the lowest-level internal social structures – village councils.

The study tours and training sessions envisaged under the project were addressed to a group of 40 local government officials, agricultural producers, rural entrepreneurs and social activists from the municipalities of Nicolaieuca and Orasului Cimislia, and to media representatives. The municipalities also received one desktop computer, one laptop, one multimedia projector with a screen and one multifunctional peripheral device each.

Inspiration for Moldova rural area development in good practice of Lubuskie commons

The project provided a group of 40 local government officials, agricultural producers, rural entrepreneurs and social activists of the municipalities of Nicolaieuca and Orasului Cimislia with training sessions on strategic planning and sustainable development in rural municipalities, and on effective mobilisation of local community activism, with the aim of forming village administration councils.

Moreover, the 10 participants of the study tour to the municipalities of Swidnica and Nowogrod Bobrzanski were familiarised with the operation of the local government administrations, village administration councils and NGOs there as well as with some local farms (one agricultural farm, one livestock farm and one agri-tourism farm).

The municipalities of Nicolaieuca and Orasului Cimislia received a set of office equipment each (a desktop computer, a laptop, a multimedia projector with a screen, and a multifunctional peripheral device) in order facilitate the work of their local government administrations.