Between 5 and 9 November 2017, A.O. “Pro Cooperare Regionala” organized a study visit to Poland. The purpose of the study visit was to take good practice in solving community problems at the local level based on the LEADER approach and the Local Action Groups. 14 NGO, LPA, AE representatives from 6 LAG territories in the Northern region of the Republic of Moldova participated in the visit. The activity is part of the project “Development of rural communities through the LEADER approach and local action groups”, implemented by the Balti Regional Association for Regional Cooperation, with the financial support of the HEKS-EPER Foundation Switzerland. The project aims to contribute to improving the quality of life and living conditions of the rural population by creating Local Action Groups and attracting local investments.
During the visit, meetings were held with representatives of Local Action Groups, representatives of public authorities and those of the private sector who had previously implemented partnership projects from the sources of the LEADER Program. In Poland, the LEADER Program is in the second phase of implementation. If in the first stage the LEADER Program supported education and infrastructure projects then, in the second stage, priority was given to local economic development projects, which in fact provide the basis of the local economy. One of the important aspects that characterize local economic development in Poland is the creation of associations and cooperatives of producers from various branches: agricultural, non-agricultural, tourism, beekeeping, services etc. but also the intense promotion of local products and producers.
Successful examples taken by participants in the study visit in Poland are to be implemented in the Republic of Moldova as early as 2018.