New campaign to be launched on European integration benefits
A group of civil society organizations, convinced that the future of Moldova is in the EU, will launch a campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of European integration. They told a press conference at IPN about their intention to reach out to all the categories of people, unite them around the idea of EU integration and reduce the Euro-skepticism fueled by the misdeeds of the government.
Sergiu Ostaf, head of the Resource Center for Human Rights, said that the organizations involved in this campaign are very different, which should help them reach more people, with different views, to tell them about the results already achieved on the path of European integration, about the assistance and projects implemented by the EU.
Several information tents will be installed in Chisinau and some district centers, in addition to some mobile information points. Volunteers will travel through towns and villages to talk to people about European integration, in order to fight the stereotypes and fears associated with this process. Activists will be dispatched to Chisinau, Balti, Floresti, Orhei, Cahul, Cantemir, Leova and some villages in these districts.
The initiative was launched by the Resource Center for Human Rights, the National Council of Student Organizations of Moldova, the “Honor, Dignity and Fatherland” Association, the Association of Ukrainians in Moldova, the National Center of Romas, the European Center for Civic Initiatives “Stalker” and the “A Step Together” Association.
The representatives of these organizations say that people must learn more about the quality of education in the EU, about how human rights and national minorities are respected there, and also about how European integration can be achieved by uniting with Romania, and this knowledge will help them build Europe at home.
A web page of the campaign will soon be launched, with the tagline “Join now”, where people will be able to sign a petition to support the initiative. The plan so far is for the campaign to run until the end of the year. Organizers hope that during this time more associations will join and local groups will form in villages and towns to spread the idea of European integration further.
The first information tent will be opened in the Center sector of Chisinau, in the Europe square, on Wednesday, August 17, at 12 AM.