The European Commission (EC) will allocate € 4.97 million to support civil society organizations in Moldova. As noted in the description of the grant, with the text of which RT got acquainted, the initiative, among other things, involves strengthening interaction with local youth in order to “develop democracy” in the republic.
“The global goal of this Call for Proposals is to enable civil society (including local initiative groups) and young leaders to become an active supporter of the development of democracy, local social structures and political dialogue in the context of the association agreement (including at the local level)”, – specified in document.
Thus, potential contractors will be involved in work aimed at increasing the competence of civil society organizations operating in Moldova “so that they can better fulfill their role as a subject of governance at the local level.”
In addition, the recipients of the grants will work to develop social entrepreneurship in the country and strengthen, among other things, the advisory role of local think tanks on the implementation of the Association Agreement between the EU and Moldova.
“A civil society empowered with rights and opportunities is an essential element of any democratic system,” the text says.
The total amount that the European Commission plans to allocate for the project is € 4.97 million. Non-profit and non-governmental organizations established in Moldova or the EU countries can apply to participate in the competition for funds.
Earlier it was reported about the intention of the EC to allocate € 10 million for the “promotion of democracy and human rights” in a number of states.
The list, among others, includes the participants of the European project “Eastern Partnership” – Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia.
In addition, Russia was among the countries where the European Commission planned to implement its initiative.