09.02.2012 [News]

Scientific Community of the Republic of Moldova joins the European Research Area

Starting with 1 January 2012, the Republic of Moldova became the first country in the Eastern Partnership and the second in the European Neighborhood Policy associated to the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (FP7).

On this occasion, on January 27, an official launching event was organised to mark Moldova’s association to FP7, a status that will offer new opportunities to cooperate and compete as an equal partner in all calls announced within FP7, to become a part of European network of scientists and to benefit from the scientific European potential in solving national problems.         
HE Dirk Steffen Shuebel, Head of the European Union Delegation to Moldova, Mr Laurent Bochereau, Head of Unit for International cooperation policy, European Commission, Mrs Kamila Partyka, Policy Officer - Marie Curie Actions, European Commission, Mr Hasan Turgay Tursun, International Relations Officer - Joint Research Centre , European Commission, and from Moldovan side Mr Chiril Lucinschi,  President of the Parliamentary Commission on culture, education, research, youth, sport and mass-media, and Mrs Natalia Gherman, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration participated in the event, which was organised by the Academy of Sciences of Moldova in partnership with DG for Research and Innovation of European Commission.

In his opening remark, acad. Gheorghe Duca, president of ASM, expressed words of gratitude to all those that supported ASM in preparing the association, especially to the Directorate General for Research and Innovation, European Union Delegation in Moldova and to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, for the support and assistance during the process of negotiations and association to FP7.  

“I’m very glad that we managed to turn our aspirations into reality, creating new opportunities for scientists from our country,” said President of ASM in his speech. Academician Gheorghe Duca added, that to increase participation in FP7 programs and get the most out of the new statute, the Supreme Council for Science and Technological Development of the ASM has recently adopted Moldova towards Horizon 2020, an Action Plan on the implementation of FP7 associated country status, also the “European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for Recruitment of Researchers”. 
In this context, Natalia Gherman, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration said that the association to the FP7 represents a right step in establishing efficient and long-term RM-EU relations. “Due to the association, the scientific community, business and civil society will have more access to opportunities for cooperation in the field of science and technology and to increase the role of research and innovation on the national public agenda,” said Mrs Gherman.
Also, at the launch event, the European guests presented more information about possibilities for researchers from Republic of Moldova to participate in the Marie Curie Actions and the Joint Research Centre, suggestions related to the drafting and application procedure, details of new recent launched calls, etc.  
We want to mention that on 11 October in Brussels, Acad. Gheorghe Duca, President of ASM and Márie Gheorghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, signed the Memorandum Of Understanding between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova on the association of the Republic of Moldova to the the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstrative activities (2007-2013).

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Source: Mr. Sergiu Porcescu, Academy of Sciences of Moldova