On 12 February, in Chisinau, 17 organisations benefiting from the EU Local Grants Programme met to discuss good practices and lessons learned from the engagement and implementation of waste management projects in partnership with public authorities. The event was organised by the Association for Efficient and Responsible Governance AGER and PA “HABITAT”, partners of the action “Citizens’ empowerment in the Republic of Moldova” funded by the European Union.

The event was attended by 38 people, representing the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment, the Inspectorate for Environmental Protection and the Environment Agency, mayors, experts in the field of solid waste management and 17 civil society organizations (CSOs).
The experience discussed has shown that there are good partnerships between CSOs, local action groups and local authorities to create and improve these local services.
At the end of the event, Tamara Guvir, national environmental expert, came up with some recommendations for CSOs and authorities, including joint identification of vulnerable groups and setting preferential tariffs for them, organizing awareness campaigns on the consequences of waste incineration and on the effects of non-compliance to existing waste management rules.
The event is the first in a total cycle of six thematic events organized by AGER and PA „HABITAT”. Similar events will be organized by other partners of the project „Citizens’ empowerment in the Republic of Moldova” in the North, South and ATU Gagauzia regions.
The Local Grants Programme is launched on the basis of the Single Support Framework of the European Union (EU), to the Republic of Moldova (2017-2020) under the European Neighbourhood Instrument, through the action „Citizens’ empowerment in the Republic of Moldova” (2019-2021), funded by the EU and implemented by the German Development Cooperation through GIZ (GIZ