Mayors from 40 localities of the country signed today, in Chisinau, grant agreements for the implementation of ten inter-municipal cooperation projects, totaling USD one million, reports MOLDPRES.

The projects require the purchase of multifunction equipment that will serve several municipalities, and efficient approach to the enterprises concerned to ensure their profitability.

Deputy Secretary General of the Government, Sergiu Palihovici said within the event, that these projects must be true models for all localities in the country.

‘Inter-municipal cooperation is one of the priorities of the Government, which has the goal ​​to improve public services. Today’s event is also an important point in the action plan on the reform of local public administration and implementation of the National Decentralization Strategy’, said Palihovici.

Grants were provided within the Joint Integrated Local Development Programme (JILDP). It is coordinated by the State Chancellery and implemented by UNDP and UN Women, with the financial support of Denmark.

Present at the event, UN Resident Coordinator in the Republic of Moldova, Nicola Harrington-Buhay, said that ‘partnerships created through inter-municipal agreements will help at the launch of public services that are more effective and accessible to the most vulnerable, and will improve the lives of more than 120 thousands people in rural communities of Moldova’.

Inter-municipal cooperation is a component of the National Decentralization Strategy, approved by the Parliament in April 2012. Among the 40 beneficiaries of grants, there are included the following localities: Chetrosu (Drochia), Corlateni (Riscani), Peresecina (Orhei), Ermoclia (Stefan Voda) etc.