Best practices of local authorities from Moldova in 2018 were awarded. Find out what winning projects are

The best practices implemented by Moldovan local authorities in 2016 and 2017 were awarded on December 18 at a national ceremony. The event was organized by IDIS "Viitorul", within the Best Practices Programme, which is implemented with the financial support of the Council of Europe.

"Through the Good Practices Program, we learn to discover local leaders and innovative communities who, despite all, find solutions to community issues. We are proud that those good practices that have been tested for decades are taken over and implemented by other communities, and in this way Moldova will take a step forward towards Europeanization and why not for European integration", said the Executive Director of IDIS “Viitorul ", Liubomir Chiriac in the opening of the National Ceremony of Best Practices.

In turn, Eva Gutjahr, Deputy Head of the Council of Europe Office in Moldova stated: "Implementing innovative practices is a demanding task, but it is a task that brings a lot of satisfaction. In this respect, I am happy that our organization is actively contributing to the identification, appreciation, promotion and dissemination of best practices to improve the efficiency of local government. It is up to the local elected to exercise authority in the most sustainable way to meet the needs of the citizens they are responsible for".

"The Best Practices Programme highlights our heroes that deserve all respect and gratitude. These heroes are mayors, who manage to bring about change at the local level through the effort they make, with small resources and voluntary work. And we deserve to be particularly appreciated by the central authorities, not just the development partners. I would very much like that in the democratization process of the country we have decentralization, local autonomy, more investment mechanisms and projects for our communities”, believes CALM President, Tatiana Badan.

In the current edition of the Best Practices Programme, four contest categories were announced, namely 1. Active citizenship for good transparent governance; 2. Local development through community involvement; 3. Cultural - historical heritage, the business card of your locality; 4. Quality public services closer to citizens. The aim of the Best Practices Programme is to identify and disseminate the original initiatives of the local public administration in the Republic of Moldova, as well as to make known the experience and outstanding results of the local public authorities and institutions in the country.

In the framework of the national award ceremony, 11 certificates of participation, 9 mentions, 9 third degree awards, seven second-degree awards and four first-degree awards and seven special awards for the best practices implemented by local governments during 2016-2017 were offered. The winning authorities chose trophies and diplomas, and the rest of the participants with certificates.

Thus, the following awards were awarded:

Section: Active citizenship for good transparent governance
First prize - Budesti for the project "Today young counselors - tomorrow leaders of the change"
Second prize - Costesti Village Hall (Ialoveni rayon) for the responsibility of local government and community involvement in the decision-making process
3rd Prize - Ialoveni Town Hall for the transparency of the local public administration

Section: Local development through community involvement 
Special prizes: Varnita Village Hall (Anenii Noi rayon) for the first rural locality in Moldova that was the Youth Capital in 2017 and the town hall of Copceac village in UTAG
1st Prize - "Plaiul Codrilor" Local Action Group from Straseni rayon
2nd Prize - Straseni Town Hall for the modernization of the street lighting system and the Rusestii Noi Village Hall for the construction of the kindergarten “Albinuţa Dâmboviţa”
3rd Prize - Ungheni Town Hall for the renovation of the Central Park and Copceac village Village Hall from Stefan-Voda rayon 

Section: Cultural-historical heritage, the business card of your locality
Special prize: Soroca Rayon Council for the festival “Fanfara argintie”
First prize - Crihana Veche Village Hall (Cahul rayon) for promoting the historical and cultural values of the locality
2nd Prize - Ungheni Town Hall for the "Ungheni Sculpture Camp - 555 Years" and the Town Hall of Calarasi for the renovation of the History and Ethnography Museum
3rd Prize - Calarasi Town Hall for the Violin Festival, Recea Village Hall (Straseni rayon) for the reconstruction of the village spring and Vadul lui Voda Town Hall for the construction of the Cultural House

Section: Quality public services closer to citizens
Special prizes: Chisinau Town Hall for the e-Notification/e-Authorization system and the municipality of Cruzesti for the optimization of two educational institutions
1st Prize - Calarasi TownHall for the most energetic kindergarten in Moldova - "DoReMicii"
2nd Prize - Anenii Noi Town Hall and Edinet Town Hall for innovative energy efficiency technologies in the drinking water supply system
Third prize - Balti Town Hall, Telenesti Town Hall and Ruseştii Noi Village Hall

Also, during the award event, the development partners who supported the implementation of local good practice were appreciated with diplomas: Embassy of Slovakia, Embassy of Poland, Embassy of Germany, Embassy of Romania, Embassy of Sweden, Cooperation Office of Switzerland, Dâmboviţa County Council and the Cluj-Napoca Town Hall.

In the 2016-2017 edition of the Best Practices Programme 61 good practices implemented by 37 local public participated in the competition. Regarding the regions, from the Centre 39 good practices from 23 localities were submitted; in the North - 13 good practices from 7 communities and Soroca Rayon Council and 8 best practices from 6 municipalities were submitted from the Southern region of the country.

The Best Practices Programme of Local Authorities in Moldova is implemented by the Institute for Development and Social Initiatives (IDIS) "Viitorul", with the financial support of the Council of Europ e. The Programme aims at identifying, promoting and disseminating good practices among local public authorities in the Republic of Moldova, thus contributing to the efficiency of local governance.

For more details, contact Program Coordinator Ana - Maria Veverita at 0 22 221844 or