Annual Europe Day celebrations in early May have become a tradition in the majority of the Eastern Partnership countries. In 2019, which is also the 10th anniversary year of the Eastern Partnership, M4EG country teams aretaking part in a series of dedicated events in their respective countries from early May to late June. The M4EG Secretariat members and representatives of M4EG Pioneer Projects will work together to showcase the M4EG implementation results, and promote European approaches to local economic development.
The Europe Day celebrations in Moldova were officially launched on 11 May in Chisinau with a solemn opening ceremony attended by the EU Ambassador in Moldova, the Prime Minister, and the heads of diplomatic representations of the EU countries in Moldova.
The tents by the embassies of the EU countries, EU-funded technical assistance projects, and national public institutions formed the core of the European village info-fair open to the public, which featured the culture and the gastronomy of the EU countries, technical assistance projects, the school of European languages, Urban vibe zone, kids’ zone and much more.
The M4EG Country team for Moldova and the representatives of the M4EG Pioneer Projects also spent the Saturday working in the European village, and their tent attracted over 600 visitors during the day.
The visitors received information on the Eastern Partnership framework and the EU assistance to Moldova, they took quizzes, offered opinions on pertinent questions of local economic development and the role of local authorities in it, engaged in discussions on the economic future of their localities. Some activities for schoolchildren and families with kids were also organized.
The M4EG country team also joined theEurope day dedicated eventin Balti (May 16) and is planning to take part in the regional conference on “EU support for Regional Development”, held in Cimislia on 23 May. The M4EG country coordinator is invited to moderate the panel on “Boosting local economic development by increasing the regional competitiveness”.