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The Opening Conference of the “Addressing the Negative Effects of Migration on Minors and Families Left Behind” Project

On 25th May 2011, the EU-funded project “Addressing the Negative Effects of Migration on Minors and Families Left Behind” was officially launched. The Project is co-funded and implemented by the Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policies - Directorate General of Immigration, in close partnership with the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family of Moldova - Department of Family and Child Protection, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Mission to Moldova. read more...

The opening conference was hosted by the three implementing partners and gathered over 70 invitees: representatives of the EU Member States, Embassies, the Government officials, the NGOs active in the field and mass media. The event was opened by Mr. Sergiu Sainciuc, the Deputy Minister of Labour, Social Protection and Family of Moldova and Mrs. Germana Viglietta, the Head of the International Affairs Unit – Directorate General of Immigration - Ministry of Labour and Social Policies of Italy, followed by the welcome speeches of H.E. Ambassador Dirk Schuebel, the Head of the EU Delegation to Moldova and H.E. Stefano De Leo, the Italian Ambassador in Moldova, and Mrs. Irina Todorova, IOM Moldova Prevention and Protection Programme Coordinator.

Mr Sainciuc chaired the Conference for the first part and Ms Vorica Dumbraveanu, the Head of Family and Child Protection Department - Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family of Moldova - replaced him for the second.

In his opening speech Mr. Sainciuc underlined the importance of partnership in efficiently addressing the negative social effects of migration, especially with the host countries for Moldovan migrants. Therefore, he welcomed the launch of the new project as a good example of such partnership and its comprehensive approach, ensuring the commitment of the MLSPF to the successful project implementation.

On the other hand, Mrs. Viglietta marked the current developments and accomplishments of the Moldova-Italy partnership, especially in the domain of labour migration and bi-lateral agreements. Mrs. Viglietta supported the project initiative, emphasizing that its unique character and expected results will bring an added value both at the society and policy levels in Moldova and Italy, as well as will pave the way to enlarged collaboration and serve as best practice to other destination countries for Moldovan migrants. H.E. Stefano De Leo assured the project partners of the support of the Italian Embassy in Moldova in strengthening the partnership between Moldovan and Italian authorities to facilitate smooth project implementation.

H.E. Dirk Schuebel highly appreciated the efforts of the implementing partners and the eagerness of both Governments, Moldovan and Italian, to address the consequences of mass migration, highlighting the importance and the expected input of the new project to achieve the priorities set by the EU-Moldova Mobility Partnership. Mr. Schuebel presented the context in which the project was developed and its place within the overall assistance provided by the EU to the Republic of Moldova.

The project actions address the needs of Moldovan children, youth and socially vulnerable families left behind and Moldovan migrants residing in Italy through up-grading of the Moldovan Government information system on child protection; provision of Italian expertise and assistance to Moldovan socio-educational centres for children left behind; promotion of employment opportunities for young people in Moldova through vocational training and support of business start-ups; awareness raising campaigns negative consequences of migration on family ties in Italy and provision of direct assistance and protection to children and families left behind in Moldova.

All the project activities will be jointly coordinated through the establishment of an Inter-Institutional Technical Committee composed by the three implementing partners, the Association of Italian Municipalities (A.N.C.I.) and the project associates: “Assomoldave”- Moldova Diaspora Association in Italy and “A.M.I.C.I.” - Moldovan-Italian Association for cooperation and integration.

“This partnership will bridge parents living in Italy and their children left behind in Moldova,” mentioned Mrs. Irina Todorova. “By establishing this link and identifying their needs, we will be able to provide proper protection and assistance to children and families left behind, as well as migrant parents in Italy through direct project interventions”.

The initiative represents one of the outcomes of the continuous cooperation between the Italian and Moldovan Governments both on a bilateral level and in the multilateral framework of the Moldova-EU Mobility Partnership that aims at better managing migration.