21.09.2012 | Brussels, Belgium

Moldovan Science and Innovation Day in Brussels: 'Moldova towards the European Research Area'

Integration into the European Research Area is one of the main priorities of the Moldovan Research and Development (R&D) System. The most important accomplishment in this regard, represents the association of the Republic of Moldova to the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities, from January 1, 2012.
Setting up European partnerships and establishing collaborative relations with EU’s Member States and Associated Countries institutions within the scientific-technological field, based on principles of scientific excellence and mutual advantage, is necessary as a prerequisite for exploring the status of an associated country. Thus, promotion of the Moldovan scientific results and cooperation opportunities of Moldovan R&D institutions represents an imperative.

In this respect, the Academy of Sciences of Moldova (ASM) with the support of the Mission of the Republic of Moldova to the European Union, and the Romanian Office for Science and Technology (ROST) organised the event entitled “Moldova towards the European Research Area”, held on 21 September 2012, in Brussels, Belgium.

European Commission was represented by Dr Martin Penny, Assistant to the Director General of DG Research and Innovation; Dr Elisabeth Lipiatou, Head of Unit European Neighbourhood, Africa and Gulf; Dr. Laurent Bochereau, Head of Unit International Cooperation Policy; Dr Gediminas Ramanauskas, Policy Officer, European Eastern Neighbourhood; Dr Sebastiano Fumero, Head of Unit FP7 Support, Research Executive Agency. The event was also attended by representatives of Offices for Science and Technology of Romania, Poland, Italy, Hungary, France, Austria, Spain, Estonia which have the headquarters in Brussels, and representatives of different international institutions.

Moldova’s delegation was composed of Acad. Gheorghe Duca, President of ASM; Dr. Vladimir Hotineanu, Chair of the Parliamentary Committee for Social Protection, Health and Family; Dr. Valentina Stratan, Deputy in the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova; Dr. Mihail Sleahtitchi, adviser to the President of the Republic of Moldova in the field of culture, education, science; representatives of Moldovan NCP Network.

Dr. Martin Penny has been awarded the ASM’s honorific distinction of 'Dimitrie Cantemir' for consistent support provided to Moldova in the process of negotiating and signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova on the association of the Republic of Moldova to the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007-2013),.

Source: Diana Grozav, Academy of Sciences of Moldova