On 24-26 October, a delegation composed of representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment (MARDE) and of four Regional Development Regions (RDA) exchange experience with professionals from the West Regional Development Agency (West RDA) in Romania.

The goal of the visit is to gain experience in applying the evaluation and monitoring system in regional development programmes and projects according to European Union (EU) practices. The event is organised under the ‘Modernization of Local Public Services in the Republic of Moldova’ (MLPS) project, implemented by the German Development Cooperation through GIZ.

Sorin Maxim, General Director West RDA: ‘We are glad to host today this technical delegation as this visit is part of constant cooperation of West RDA with regional development institutions from the Republic of Moldova. Since its establishment, West RDA has managed regional development projects in the amount of over EUR 700 million, implemented in different sectors: city infrastructure, roads, health, social, education, tourism as well as private sector. We hope that the expertise gained in nearly 20 years of regional development will be put to good use by the partners from the Republic of Moldova. This meeting should be viewed as a starting point, an opportunity for new collaborations  punctuale. In these 3 days we would like to achieve a combination of theoretical and practical examples, success projects implemented in the West Region’.

Alexandr Muravschi, GIZ/MLPS National Leading Advisor in regional development policy coordination: ‘Currently, the Republic of Moldova undergoes a process of significant reforms both in the public administration, in general, and in the regional development sector, in particular. In Romania, the promotion of regional development policy began earlier than in the Republic of Moldova. Taking into account that our country benefits from the support of the European Union, which is increasing, it is only at the start of the road in assessing the impact in this respect. This is why the experience exchange with West RDA from Romania in terms of evaluation of political impact and of regional development projects according European Union requirements is very useful’.

Constantin Bandiu, interim director, RDA North: ‘Our expectations from this study visit are very big. We are especially interested to study the experience of our colleagues from West RDA in implementing projects with complex financial envelope. Also, we would like to know more about management and evaluation of implemented projects and functioning of intermediate body’.

Besides getting acquainted with the monitoring and evaluation system at national level, the delegation from the Republic of Moldova will visit successful projects in the field of regional development. Visits will be, also, made to the project on development of business support structures, the Waste Water Treatment Plant in Timisoara and to the solid waste collection and disposal centre of Timis county.

The Romanian colleagues will, also, share their experience regarding development of growth poles and ensuring visibility of implemented projects referring to the Manual on visual identity and requirements towards beneficiaries.

The project ‘Modernization of Local Public Services in the Republic of Moldova’ (MLPS) is implemented by the German Development Cooperation through GIZ in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment and is financially supported by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the European Union, the Romanian Government, the Swedish Government and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).