10 laboratories of the Technical University of Moldova (UTM) were renovated within the framework of the Livada Moldovei project, supported by the European Union through the European Investment Bank. The modernised halls were inaugurated on 7 October 2021. The direct beneficiaries of the 2 million EUR investments are more than 1,000 UTM students. From now on, they will have at their disposal modern laboratory equipment, as well as a lot of chemical reagents needed for research activities.
Within the same investment project, the Food Technology Faculty building was thermally insulated by installing double glazing on an area of 1,600 m2 and by thermally insulating the walls on an area of 3,100 m2. The works will allow significant resource savings.
The investments were made through the Livada Moldovei project, which is a 120 million EUR credit line provided by the European Investment Bank, as a European Union bank, to the Government of the Republic of Moldova.
The project supports SME investment in the horticultural sector and around 12 million EUR is allocated for the rehabilitation and equipping of 10 educational and research institutions.
The Technical University of Moldova has earlier benefited from an investment worth 1.8 million EUR, provided within the framework of the Wine Sector Restructuring project (“Filiere du Vin”), supported by the European Union through the European Investment Bank. The funds were used for modernising 15 laboratories.
„These investments will improve the quality and relevance of the training, education and research related to the horticulture sector in Moldova, so that it meets the European standards. As a result, current students and future specialists will contribute to the creation of an advanced horticulture sector based on innovation and sustainability,” said Alberto Carlei, Head of the European Investment Bank Office in Moldova.
„I want the beneficiaries of this project, and here I mean the Technical University students, to be able to take pride in the fact that they are studying at this world-renowned university, that they have the opportunity to have cross-border projects, international projects, with other universities,” said Iurie Brumărel, Executive Director of Consolidated Unit for Implementing and Monitoring the Wine Sector Restructuring Programme.
The horticulture is an agricultural branch that provides 14% of export revenues and Moldovan producers have facilitated access to a market of about 500 million consumers.
The exports to the European Union take place on preferential conditions, due to the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, which is part of the European Association Agreement and implies the gradual liberalisation of the trade with goods and services.