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Introduction

TACIS CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION SPF 61-136/93 PROJECT
" BUSINESS CENTRE OF CAHUL (BCC): ENHANCING THE SUPPORT OF MOLDOVAN SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES"
December 2003 – May 2005

INTRODUCTION

The European Commission has approved the development of a project of cooperation for development Tacis Cross-border Cooperation submitted by the City Council of Moncada, to be implemented in the cities of Cahul (Moldavia) and Galati (Romania), being aimed at creating a Business Centre in the city of Cahul, as well as a cross-border network of Business Centres linking up Romania and Moldavia. The municipal enterprise PEMSA is in charge with the implementation of the project, this being the second occasion on which a project of cooperation for development is being implemented in countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union through the City Council of Moncada.



The delegation of the City Council of Moncada visited the Embassy of Spain in Bucharest on the 27th of January 2004. In the middle, Mr. Jesús Atienza, the Ambassador of Spain in Romania.

OBJECTIVE.

This project has a double aim. On the one hand, the design, establishment and opening of a Business Centre adapted to the needs of the area. In this respect, the model to be implemented shall be decided on by the various public administrations concerned and the main regional economic agents.

On the other hand, the creation of a cross-border network of support entities for SMEs is intended to link up the Business Centre of Cahul with similar centres located in the area of Galati (Romania), establishing durable and stable collaboration lines, considering the future entry of Romania into the European Union by 2007.

The project is expected to foster trading relations with the entrepreneurship in Moncada, exploiting the interesting market opportunities offered by these two countries of Eastern Europe.



On the 24th of January 2004, the delegation of the City Council of Moncada participated in a brief meeting in Galati with the former President of Romania, Mr. Emil Constantinescu.

PROJECT PARTNERS.

Main partners:

  1. City Council of Moncada-PEMSA (Valencia).

  2. City Council of Cahul (Republic of Moldavia).

  3. County Council of Galati (Romania).

Additional partner:

  1. County Council of Cahul.

Subcontractor:

  1. Euro Info Centre pertaining to the Chamber of Commerce of Galati.

The delegation of the City Council of Moncada, headed by the Mayor, Mrs. Concha Andrés Sanchis, accompanied by the President of the County (Raion) of Cahul, Stephan Bratu, in the city of Cahul (Moldavia), January 2004.


DURATION OF THE PROJECT

This recently initiated project has a scheduled duration of 18 months, as of November 2003. Within the scope of the project, staff from the City Council of Moncada shall travel to the cities of Cahul and Galati for a six week stay, in order to provide consultancy in relation with the management of the project; moreover, four Moldavian civil servants shall go to Moncada for a seven month training.



Meeting of the Steering Committee of the project held in Cahul (Moldavia) on the 25th of January 2004