Venue:  The Palace of the Republic, Maria Cebotari 16 street, Chisinau, Moldova

Wednesday, 03 April 2019 –  EU-Moldova LEADER Conference

Event manager: Ms. Ana Cerneva, Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova

Programme

08:30 – 09:30 Arrival and registration of participants / Welcome coffee
09:30 – 10.30 Official opening of the LAGs open-air fair Participants will have the opportunity to visit the stands of the Moldovan LAGS and get familiarised with their local identity with tasting of local products from their areas and with distinctive cultural features
10:30 – 11:00; Welcome speeches:
Moderator: Ms. Marina Albu, National LEADER Network of Moldova, President;

  • Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment of the Republic of Moldova: Mr. Iurie Usurelu , General Secretary of State;

  • European Union Delegation to the Republic of Moldova: Mr. Peter Michalko, Ambassador, Head of EU Delegation to the Republic of Moldova;

  • European Commission, Directorate General Agriculture and Rural Development: Mr. Benoit Esmanne;

  • National Rural Network of Moldova: Ms. Aurelia Bondari, President;
11:00 – 12:00 Session 1: LEADER in Moldova – what was achieved & the challenges ahead
Moderator: Ms. Marta Marczis, LEADER method expert in the EU “SARD Programme”

Scope of the session: to present the achievements of the implementation of the LEADER approach in Moldova so far and what next steps should be taken to ensure smooth and genuine implementation of the method in Moldova.

  • Keynote speech: “The LEADER approach in the Republic of Moldova”, Ms Galina Petrachi , Head of Rural Development Department, Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment of the Republic of Moldova;

  • “LEADER experience in Moldova”: Ms Marina Albu, National LEADER Network, President;

  • Evaluation Case study, “The efficiency of implementing pilot projects for local development through LEADER approach in Moldova”: Ms Aliona Turcan, Center for Training and Organisational Consulting (CICO), consultant;

  • Panel discussion;of Moldovan LAGs representatives and LEADER facilitators:

  • Mr Mihai Caraman: LAG Staua Bugeac, LAG member;

  • Mr. Anatolie Buzut: LAG Urmasii lui Leonardo, President;

  • Ms. Svetlana Regus: Manager, LAG EcoDUZ Ialpugel, Manager;

  • Mr. Sergiu Mihailov, Pro Cooperare Regionala, Director;

  • Mr. Tomasz Horbowski: Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova, Head of the office;

  • Ms. Sabina Baciu-Danilov: People in Need Moldova, Director of AO CIAC ;

  • Mr. Viorel Chivriga: IDIS Vitorul, Director of the Economic Department.

12.00 – 12:30

Coffee break
12:30 – 13:00 Session 2. Ceremonies – Agreements for promoting LEADER in Moldova
Moderator: Mr. Tomasz Horbowski, Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova, Head of the office in Moldova,

Introduction: Ms. Karen R. Hilliard, USAID Moldova, Mission Director & Mr. Maciej Falkowski, Solidarity Fund PL, President ;

  • Ceremony of signature of the financial agreements between 15 Moldovan LAGs and Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova for the implementation of pilot LEADER projects in 2019;

  • Ceremony of the signature of the territorial partnership-agreements by 7 new Local Action Groups within USAID supported “LEADER Activity” project;

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch break
14:00 – 15:00 Session 3. CLLD/LEADER in EU after 2020
Moderator: Moderator: Mr Panagiotis Patras
, rural development expert in the EU project “Technical Assistance to ENPARD in the Republic of Moldova ”,

Scope of this session is to discuss the future of LEADER mechanism as a tool for local development – the main scope is to deliver a strong message to the decision-makers in Moldova why LEADER is an effective tool for sustainable rural development and for the Moldovan LAGs what they can learn from EU LEADER initiatives.
  • Keynote speech: “CLLD/LEADER in EU after 2020”, Mr Benoit Esmanne, European Commission, Directorate General Agriculture and Rural Development;

  • Panel discussion of EU LEADER Networks/organisations:

  • Mr. Luis Shaves, Minha Terra Network / Portuguese Federation of Local Development Associations;

  • Mr. Petri Rinne, Village Action Association of Finland;

  • Ms. Kristiina Tammets, Estonian LEADER Union;

  • Mr. Pal Hajas, Alliance of Hungarian LEADER Associations (LEADER Egyesületek Szövetsége);

  • Mr. Goran Šoster, Slovenian Rural Development Network;

  • Mr. Aris Adler, PREPARE – Partnership for Rural Europe;

  • Moderator of the panel discussion: Mr. Staffan Nilsson, Chairman of the European Rural Community Alliance (ERCA);
15:00 – 16:00 Session 4. Networking and Cooperation
Moderator: Ms. Aurelia Bondari, National Rural Network, President


  • Keynote speech “ Networking and Cooperation of LEADER groups in EU”: Ms. Maria João Botelho, European LEADER Association for Rural Development (ELARD), President;

  • “The National LEADER Network in the Republic of Moldova”, Mr Sergiu Mihailov, Board Member;

  • Signature of the declaration to join ELARD by the Moldovan LEADER Network;

  • Cooperation between Moldova and Romania on LEADER approach: Mr. Alexandru Potor, National Federation of LAGs in Romania (FNGAL), President;

  • Signature of the partnership agreement between National LEADER Network of Moldova and National Federation of Local Action Groups in Romania;

  • Presentation of the LEADER TNC project “Say cheese! Balkan cheese”: Mr. Sotiris Bolis, LAG “Parnonas SA”, expert;

  • Signature of the partnership agreement between EU and MD LAGs for the TNC project “Say cheese! Balkan cheese”.
16:00 – 16:45 Session 5.Parallel workshops
  • Room 1: LEADER approach the added value for the local territory.
    • Facilitators: Ms. Kristiina Tammets, Estonian LEADER Union / Ms. Ana Cerneva, National LEADER Network of Moldova;
  • Room 2: How to make better Local Development Strategies
    • Facilitators: Mr. Petri Rinne, Village Action Association of Finland; / Ms. Sabina Baciu-Danilov, People in Need Moldova.
  • Room 3 : Cooperation and Networking under LEADER method
    • Facilitators: Mr. Luis Shaves, Minha Terra Network, Portuguese Federation of Local Development Associations; / Mr. Sergiu Mihailov, Pro Cooperare Regionala.
16.00 – 16:45Coffee break – (for participants who do not attend the parallel workshops)
16:45 – 17:15 Plenary Session – Workshops conclusions:
Moderator: Mr. Staffan Nilsson, Chairman of the European Rural Community Alliance (ERCA);

  • Rapporteur Workshop 1: Mr. Goran Šoster, Slovenian Rural Development Network;

  • Rapporteur Workshop 2: Mr. Pal Hajas, Alliance of Hungarian LEADER Associations (LEADER Egyesületek Szövetsége);

  • Rapporteur Workshop 3: Mr. Aris Adler, PREPARE-Partnership for Rural Europe, President.
17:15 – 18.00 Closing remarks: Mr. Iurie Usurelu, General Secretary of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment of the Republic of Moldova

18:00 – 18.30

Coffee break
18.30 – 22.00 Departure by buss from the Palace of the Republic – Official dinner for international and invited guests at Orheiul Vechi – The Stone Age Restaurant (Epoca de Piatra)