EU-Moldova Forum (2011)
Chisinau 29-31 March, 2011

Under the Honorary Patronage of Mr Donald Tusk, the Prime Minister of Poland 

and Mr Vlad Filat, the Prime Minister of Moldova

Donald Tusk, Prime Minister, Poland

European Union’s Eastern Policy, especially the Eastern Partnership Initiative, intends to support democratic and economic transformations of neighbouring countries. Political changes in Moldova prove that both new government and society are determined to enter the path of real cooperation, exploitation of European experiences, benefiting from the EU’s assistance.


Official letter of Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova

Ladies and gentleman, dear friends,

I am  pleased to extend to you the invitation to Take part in the EU-Moldova Forum organised under the aegis  of the Prime Minister of Poland, Donald Tusk, and myself, which will be held on 29-31 March 2011, in Chisinau.

It is an honour and privilege for the Republic of Moldova to host this high-level event designer to bring together those who wish to think together over the way to respond to the European aspirations of the Republic of Moldova, to seek possible Solutions to democratic, economic, structural, and geopolitical challenge sit faces along its European integration path.

The main objective of the Forum is to provide a timely  framework for  taking stock and openly exchanging views on such vital issues as what and why is Worth investing in Moldova, what opportunities and benefits this country can offer to its European partners, challenges and perspectives of the European integration of the country, how to overcome a standstill in the Transnistrian settlement process and others.

The Forum will help consolidated progressive forces around Moldova in its European integration endeavours and will undoubtedly write a New page in the Moldovan-Polish relationships.

I am looking forward to seeing you in Chisinau.


Vladimir Filat

Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova

Premier Mołdowy Vlad Filat, premier Donald Tusk oraz Zygmunt Berdychowski, Przewodniczący Rady Programowej Forum Ekonomicznego

Where is Moldova heading for? What is changing in its politics and economy? What is the Moldovan society like? What place will Moldova occupy in the politics of neighbouring countries? In what direction will Moldova’s foreign policy evolve?


  •  2 complete information-filled days
  •  1 Plenary Session: key decision-makers from Moldova and the EU discuss prospects of cooperation
  •  10 Panel Discussions: a wide range of business and political issues to be covered
  •   2 Networking Receptions

About 150 participants from Moldova, EU member and neighboring countries, Russia, the United States, including government officials and political leaders, business executives, academicians, representatives of local self-governments and NGOs.



29 March 2011    

  • 16.30 – 18.00 Panel Discussion

    Transition to Democracy: 20 Years of the Independence of the Republic of Moldova

Ion Sturza, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova

Emil Constantinescu, former President of Romania
Aleksander Kwaśniewski, former President of Poland
Petru Lucinschi, President of Moldova (1996–2001)

Carmen Claudin, Deputy Director, CIDOB Foundation, Spain
Andrzej Halicki, Chairman, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Sejm of the Republic of Poland
Florent Parmentier, Vice-President, Association of the French-Moldavian Friendship “Les Moldaviens”
Igor Botan, Executive Director, Association for Participatory Democracy, ADEPT, Republic of Moldova


  • 18.15 – 19.45 Panel Discussion

    What and Why is Worth Investing in Moldova? Country’s Investment Climate

Alexander Turcan, Turcan Cazac – Business Lawyers, Moldova

Vitalie Arvinte, Head of Marketing, Communication and Community Department, Banca Comerciala Romana Chisinau S.A., Republic of Moldova
Sergiu Cioclea, Managing Director, Head of Russia & FSU Countries, Corporate Finance Department, BNP Paribas, France
Dorin Draguţanu, Governor of the National Bank of Moldova
Wolfgang Lerke, President, Moldavian–German Business Association, Germany
Stefano Mercuri, President, Association of Italian Entrepreneurs in Moldova, Italy
Jean–François Myard, President, MobiasBanca Group Société Générale, France
Dan Costache Patriciu, Chairman of the Board, DP Holding, Romania
Oleksiy Plotnikov, Chairman of the Subcommittee of International Economic Policy, Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine


30 March 2011


  • 9.30 – 11.00  Plenary Session

    European Integration and Moldova. Challenges, Obstacles, Perspectives

Iurie Leancă, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Moldova

Vlad Filat, Prime Minister, Moldova  
Donald Tusk, Prime Minister, Poland

Bruce Pitcairn Jackson, President, Project on Transitional Democracies, the US
Nicu Popescu, former European Integration Adviser of the Prime Minister of Moldova


  • 11.15 – 12.45  Panel Session

    How to Overcome a Standstill: Transdnistria and the Prospects for the Region

Markus Meckel, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany

Cristian Diaconescu, Vice–President, Senate of Romania
Ihor Kharchenko, Ambassador, Special Representative of Ukraine on Transnistrian Settlement, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine
Eugen Carpov, Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration, Republic of Moldova
Daniel Nord, Deputy Director, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Sweden
Slawomir Pichor, Deputy Head of Mission, European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine, Poland
Philip N. Remler, Head, OSCE Mission to Moldova, USA

Victor Osipov, Former Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration, Moldova
Oazu Nantoi, Program Director, Institute for Public Policy, Moldova
Iulian Chifu, Director, Conflict Prevention and Early Warning Center (CPC&EW), Romania


  • 13.00 – 14.45 Panel Discussion

    Moldova’s Place Within the Eastern Partnership. Setting up a Model for Reforms 

Dirk Schuebel, Ambassador, European Union’s Delegation to Moldova

Urban Ahlin, MP, Vice–Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committe, Riksdag, Sweden
Bogdan Aurescu, Secretary of State for Strategic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Romania
Andrzej Cieszkowski, Plenipotentiary for Eastern Partnership, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Poland
Igor Corman, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Parliament of the Republic of Moldova
Natalia Gherman, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Republic of Moldova
Evaldas Ignatavicius, Vice–Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lithuania
Ojars Kalnins, MP, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Saeima, Latvia
Borys Tarasyuk, Chairman of the Committee on European Integration, Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine
Janos Terenyi, Ambassador–at–Large for Eastern Partnership, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hungary


  • 15.45 – 17.15 Panel Discussion

    Agriculture and Food Processing Industry as Moldova’s Asset

Roger Cozens, Agricultural Development Consultant, Greenacres Consultancy UK

Vasile Bumacov, Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry, Moldova 
Marcin Kulicki, President of the Board, Krajowa Spółka Cukrowa, Poland
Victor Cotruta, Executive Director REC, Moldova, 
Waldemar Sochaczewski, EU Advisor to Minister of Agriculture of Moldova, Poland


  • 17.30 – 19.00  Panel Discussion

    Building a Friendly Neighbourhood. Regional Cooperation as a European Dimension of Solidarity

Martin Guillermo Ramirez, Secretary General, The Association of European Border Regions, Spain 

Sergiy Grynevetsky, Member of Parliament, Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine
Viacheslav Illarionov, Office of State Programs, Analytical Centre of the Government, Russia
Titus Corlatean, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Senate of Romania, Romania
Iurie Leanca, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Republic of Moldova
Peter N. Myhre, MP, Member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence, Storting, Norway
Urmas Paet, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Estonia
Lapo Pistelli, Member of the Foreign and EU Affairs Committee, Chamber of Deputies, Italy

Cristian Ghinea, Director, Romanian Center for European Policies, Romania
Alla Yazkova, Head of Center for Mediterranean–Black Sea Studies, Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Eugen Revenco, Programs Director, Foreign Policy Association of Moldova (APE), Republic of Moldova
Vladimir Solovyov, Columnist, ”Kommersant” daily, Russia

31 March 2011

  • 9.00 – 10.30  Panel Discussion

    Economic Reforms in Moldova: Current State of Affairs and Possible Scenarios

Alex Munteanu, Managing Director Private Equity, Dragon Capital

Special guest:
Valeriu Lazăr, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Moldova

Gunnar Due–Gundersen, Project Director, Entranse Business Incubator Programme, Norway
Luc Engelen, Director, Euromol Management Consulting, Belgium
Silvia Radu, Chairman for Moldova, I.C.S. Red Union Fenosa S.A., Spain
Pablo Saavedra, Senior Country Economist (Belarus–Moldova–Ukraine Country Unit), Country Sector Coordinator, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, World Bank, Spain
Alexey Vlasov, General Director, Information–Analytical Center for the Study of Post–Soviet Space (MSU), Russia

Viorel Chivriga, Expert, IDIS Viitorul, Moldova


  • 10.45 – 12.15 Panel Discussion

    Civil Society. Local Self-Government and a Reform of Administration

Gerd Harms, Advisor to the Board, Enertrag AG, Germany 

Elena Drapeko, Vice–Chairwoman of the Committee for Culture, State Duma, Russia
Mihail Formuzal, Governor of UTA Gagauzia, Executive Committee of Gagauzia, Republic of Moldova
Rainer Holtschneider, State Secretary of Saxony–Anhalt (ret.), Germany
Sandor Koles, Senior Vice President, International Centre for Democratic Transition (ICDT), Hungary
Maris Sprindzuks, Public Administration Expert, Corporate & Public Management Consulting Group, Latvia

Arcadie Barbarosie, Executive Director, Institute for Public Policy, Moldova
Victor Cotruta, Executive Director REC, Moldova


  • 12.30 – 14.00 Panel Discussion

    Geopolitics and its Implications for Moldova. Chisinau Between Moscow, Brussels and Washington

Vitaly Portnikov, Journalist, Media Dim, Ukraine

Oleksandr Chalyi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Ukraine
Istvan Gyarmati, President, International Centre for Democratic Transition (ICDT), Hungary
Yuksel Ozden, Member of the Foreign Relations Committee, Grand National Assembly, Turkey
Andrei Popov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Republic of Moldova
Vladimir Socor, Expert, Jamestown Foundation, USA
Grigory Trofimchuk, First Vice–President, Center for Modelling of Strategic Development, Russia

Ivan Mikhayluk, Deputy Director, Committee on CIS, State Duma, Russia
Natalia Morar, Journalist, Politician, Republic of Moldova

Conference Venue :
Leogrand Hotel
Mitropolit Varlaam str. 77, MD-2012,
Chisinau, Moldova
Tel.: (+373 22) 201 201, Fax: (+373 22) 201 222



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