On 1st July 2016, the Association Agreement between the European Union (EU) and the Republic of Moldova came into effect, including an extensive free trade area. With this Association Agreement the EU underlines its determination to continue to encourage the expansion of political and economical cooperation based on the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). The Republic of Moldova faces serious challenges to combat corruption, improve the legal system and the election process, promote an active and committed society and develop a free and independent press. The Deutsche Gesellschaft wants to accompany and to support the process of ENP by encouraging a sustainable and civil exchange between both countries. This has been made possible by the cooperation between the Deutsche Gesellschaft and the Independent Journalism Center (IJC) from Chisinau.
Young journalists of both countries play a crucial part when it comes to strengthening civil societies. Participants will travel to Berlin and Chrisinau and be encouraged to experience and understand what it is like to work as a journalist in both countries. Moreover, they will have the chance to work with with policy makers and civil societies. The primary objective of the project is to determine the most important aspects of local policies.
We have developed an online platform to give young journalists the chance to publish their articles, thereby introducing the issues into international discourse. Our aim is to increase awareness of the topics mentioned and facilitate journalistic work on a cross-border level.