The education and culture programmes of the European Union in Moldova

Author: Victoria Nemerenco

Introduction

The European Union (EU) does not only insure high living standards for its people, but also gives them a chance to learn, discover, and understand other cultures. Being part of the bloc presupposes getting access to countless ways to develop both professionally and culturally. However, not only the EU member states can benefit from the EU mobility programmes. Some neighbouring states are also granted this access.

The Republic of Moldova, being part of the Eastern Neighbourhood Policy as well as part of the Eastern Partnership, is one of the few countries to benefit from many of the EU’s education programmes like Erasmus +, European Youth Forum, European Network of Youth Entrepreneurs (JEUNE), EaP Youth Window, EaP Plus, Creative Europe, European Voluntary Service. The Erasmus programme came into existence in 1987 and has been supporting student exchanges between European nationals ever since. Further the programme evolved and the new Erasmus + emerged in 2014. It was no longer open exclusively to the member states citizens, but to others as well, among which were the Moldova’s citizens. Following the example of this programme, more initiatives with the goal to educate were created.

Therefore several questions were raised. Some of the most common ones were: What are the results of the biggest programmes implemented for the Moldovan society? How many people benefited from them? Thus, this work analyzes the education and culture opportunities open for Moldova’s citizens but more specifically looks at what was achieved so far with the Erasmus + and Creative Europe programmes, and what impediments exist in the Republic of Moldova that withhold it from attaining better results in terms of mobility.

 

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