26.08.2014 | Chisinau, Moldova
On 26 August 2014, the Centre of International Projects of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, in its capacity of partner in the FP7 IncoNet EaP project, organised an information seminar dedicated to the Energy and Environment fields in the European Union Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020. The event was held at the Academy of Sciences of Moldova (ASM) and aimed to disseminate theoretical and practical information on the areas mentioned, to ensure an extensive exploitation of existing opportunities in Horizon 2020.The seminar was opened by Acad. Gheorghe Duca, President of ASM. He stressed the importance of the energy and environment sectors for the Republic of Moldova: Besides the existing scientific potential represented by research institutions and specialised chairs, a number of issues related to energy security and environmental protection, which require scientific procedures, still persist. Thus, through a significant participation in Horizon 2020 calls in these areas, Moldova could realise its potential via a strengthened cooperation with colleagues from the EU countries.
European experts, Mr. Viorel Vulturescu (Ministry of National Education of Romania), Mr. Krzysztof Frais and Mr. Jan Lisowski (National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the EU, Polish Academy of Sciences) presented relevant information on the work programmes 2014-2015 in the fields of environment and energy, as well as the 'SME Instrument', illustrating examples of good practice.
It is worth mentioning that on 1 July 2014, the Republic of Moldova together with five Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia), signed their Association Agreements to Horizon 2020, thus ensuring that researchers from these countries have full access to the calls in this programme. This also urges the newly associated partners to develop their national capacities, establishing successful partnerships with institutions of the European Research Area, strengthening European project management capacities and a better framework for management of these funds.