Experts of the Institute for Development and Expertise of Projects (IDEP), who promote the implementation of the ECIPES Program in Moldova, said that similar programs in the Baltic states essentially reduced the costs for electrical energy. In a news conference at IPN, Iurie Calestru, IDEP programs director, said that MEPs, authorities of localities with over 6 million inhabitants, education institutions with about 300,000 students and representatives of the business community ask that the ECIPES program be approved.
“Today, March 5, 2021, we addressed a letter to the European Commission, which is supported by five MEPs from three countries, Romania, Slovakia and Italy, asking the European Commission, the Directorate General for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations and the European Commissioner for Budget and Administration to adopt the ECIPES program. We asked for support from the European Committee of the Regions in the dialogue with the European Commission. This approach was supported by public authorities that represent over 6 million citizens of the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Lithuania and Poland,” stated Iurie Calestru.
According to him, starting with July 2019, the concept has been discussed with the European Parliament and other European institutions. This envisions a new format of support, through European funds, of three categories of beneficiaries, using an online platform.
The ECIPES program is seeking to channel European funding earmarked for Moldova under the European Neighborhood Instrument towards: young people between the ages of 18-35 seeking to launch a business (€5 000 for a venture in the services sector, or€ 15 000 for a manufacturing venture, €12 000 being earmarked for the purchase of equipment or machinery); Moldovan municipalities that are twinned with EU municipalities and organize at least one annual joint activity, a maximum or €10 000 in EU funding to be channeled into a single local development project whose total value does not exceed €20 000, and Moldovan citizens wishing to replace their electrical appliances with A +++ items.
Gabriel Mărgineanu, co-author of the program and a member of the IDEP Administration Board, said that in 2019, 2020 and since the start of this year, the IDEP has sent messages to the Moldovan authorities, saying the €40 million that Moldova failed to receive from the EU could go to finance the ECIPES program. “Just imagine what 200,000 pieces of equipment – washing machines, televisions and refrigerators – mean in quantity! Yes, we like to see them at waste dumps, unauthorized landfills around localities, in the ravines or near forests. By volume and ecological impact, this is a lot,” stated Gabriel Mărgineanu.
Iurie Calestru and Gabriel Mărgineanu noted that in the immediate period they will have discussions with the Delegation of the European Union to Moldova, the European Commission and the Directorate General for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations so as to agree a cooperation framework for developing and implementing the ECIPES program.