For three days, October 29-31, 2013, Chisinau will host the first edition of the International Festival CIVIC FEST which will bring together people, projects and partners from the Republic of Moldova and the European Union for a civic dialogue and exchange of best practices and innovative initiatives for the benefit of citizens.

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The programme of Civic Fest 2013 „Moldova for citizens” features the most successful projects implemented by civil society organizations both from the EU and Moldova, which have won international recognition and can serve as innovative and best practices in different areas: social entrepreneurship and social integration, community development and social inclusion, socio-cultural transformations and social responsibility.

„We welcome the inauguration of this civil dialogue platform in Chisinau. Dialogue and joint efforts of all public institutions and NGOs can bring confidence and welfare to citizens. The participating projects in the festival are an eloquent proof of our joint work to the benefit of citizens: children, women, communities”, said President of the Republic of Moldova, Nicolae Timofti.

Civic Fest 2013 edition consists of three thematic days with workshops and panels:

  • Culture and Media in Moldova – a New Approach
  • Justice and Social Transformation – How NGO Can Foster Democratic and Social Changes in Moldova
  • Social Entrepreneurship – Linking Social Inclusion to Local Development

„ The CIVIC FEST is being organized shortly after the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, which took place recently in Chisinau. As Moldova is moving closer towards EU integration, civil society plays an important role, and will continue to do so even more throughout the EU-integration path, as a consulting partner and as monitors of the process”, said Paola Albornoz, First Secretary/Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Sweden to Moldova.

The first edition of CIVIC FEST is attended by representatives of state institutions, local and central public administration, business sector, civil society, international and diplomatic community, independent experts and media.

„We supported the National Participation Council over the past years which is an extraordinary mechanism to ensure civil society participation in the process of implementing and monitoring public policies in Moldova”, said President of the East Europe Foundation Sorin Mereacre. “Innovative practices, like the National Participation Council – carried out in Moldova or in the European Union countries – will be in the spotlight of the Festival CIVIC FEST”.

“Nonprofit organizations play a major part in today’s society, both in EU and non-EU countries. If they were to stop their activity even for one day, our countries would probably face a collapse. And exactly because the civil society’s problems are similar in CEE, it is very important to discuss possible solutions together, to exchange ideas, and to get inspiration from the work of those who created best practice models that can be replicated in other areas as well”, said Doraja Eberle, Chairwoman of the Board of ERSTE Foundation – organization that awarded two NGOs from Moldova with its Award for Social Integration 2013.

Civic Fest is organized by the Public Association “Synergetica Eur/Est” with the support of the East Europe Foundation from the financial resources provided by the Government of Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark/DANIDA, and ERSTE Foundation, Austria.

Contacts:

Public Association „Synergetica Eur/Est”
Bucureşti, 68 St. Chisinau, MD-2012
Phone.: (+373 22) 24 02 74;
Mob.: (+373) 691 43 488
E-mail: office@civicfest.md
Web: www.civicfest.md

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