The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the protection of Moldova's cultural heritage by modernizing Moldova's policies and management of the cultural heritage sector, in line with European standards and good practices.
The purpose of this Twinning project is to enhance and support the enforcement of the legal framework regulating the sector, to improve governance in the field of cultural heritage protection, mainly through the development, adoption and implementation of a more strategic and fine-tuned management model for the cultural heritage sector, and through strengthening the capacities of public stakeholders.
The project will contribute to the achievement of the aims of the Association Agreement signed between the Republic of Moldova and the European Union, through enhancing people-to-people contacts, including through cooperation and exchanges in the sector of culture.
Around 30 experts from Italy will be involved in the project activities, in close cooperation with Moldovan experts from MECR and related institutions.
The working methods will be based on continuous dialogue, capacity building and empowerment of Moldovan institutions through: peer reviewing of expert work, join development of road map, study visits, internships at Italian institutions, seminars, workshops, trainings, on-the-job training and development of pilot projects.
The Twinning project began its implementation phase in mid-September 2017.
It started in a period of profound ongoing institutional and legislative reforms in the Republic of Moldova. With regard to the specific sector addressed by the Twinning project, it is worth mentioning that The Ministry of Culture has been merged with the Ministry of Education has taken over the activity fields from the Ministry of Education, from Ministry of Youth and Sport and the research sphere from the Academy of Sciences of Moldova. This has also triggered internal restructuring, still to be completed, along with efforts to conclude the reforms of the legal instruments and institutional architecture to support cultural heritage protection, initiated in 2010. The months from September to November 2017 have been very active in terms of legislative and reform developments. The government is determined to conclude the legislative reforms that it committed to achieve.
The launch of the project (17 November 2017) was jointly organised by the Twinning partners at the Museum of Natural History and Ethnography and was well attended, attracting media representatives, NGOs and representatives of other institutions and stimulating a rich debate.
The Twinning project team has been working closely with the Beneficiaries on the reform of the legislation and institutional reorganisation of the institutions responsible to implement their future tasks in heritage protection, in order to achieve a robust heritage protection system that can work effectively and efficiently. To this aim, two out five study visits were carried out at the end of January. One of the visit was expressly dedicated to the high-level officials from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research (MECR), that have been engaged in the development of the institutional and legal reforms, in order to offer them the opportunity to get acquainted with the legal framework and the state organisational system for cultural heritage protection in Italy and the complementarity with the competences and role of the municipalities and the regional governments.
The other study visit was dedicated to the Higher Education (HE) and Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector: representatives of the Technical University of Moldova, of the Education Sector of the MECR and of centres of excellence and vocational schools had the opportunity to establish contacts with Universities and professional and vocational schools in the building and conservation sectors in Italy. As a result this dialogue, which is exploring options and mechanisms for exchanges of students and teaching staff and internships, is still ongoing.
A cycle of five seminars at the Technical University of Moldova on aspects of architectural conservation has been initiated in February and will be concluded in June 2018. The aim of the seminar is to expose the students of the faculty of architecture to a different didactic approach.
Despite the constraints of an extreme shortage of staff in the key partner institutions in the Republic of Moldova, the Beneficiary Country and the Member State representatives and experts have been able to establish fruitful and effective cooperation and regular exchanges and dialogue, which offer opportunities for implementation of the project.