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State Agrarian University of Moldova
in cooperation with
National Institute for Economic Research, Academy of Sciences of Moldova,
Romanian Academy – Institute of Agricultural Economics
& Economic and Social Research Institute „Gheorghe Zane” Iaşi,
Foundation Terra Nostra, Iaşi


Rural development in eastern EU and neighbourhood countries – present and future

Chişinău, Republic Of Moldova, 2-4 October 2014


People in today’s business world of uncertainty always accompanied by innovation, will survive only if they engage in the processes of economic integration, intensification and deepening processes of the interdependence between the economies, elimination of economic borders.
The agri-food model that has asserted itself over the last fifty years is one of the causes of the most serious environmental and climate changes ever experienced by humanity. On one hand, in so far as they were considered inextinguishable, natural resources such as water, land, forests and woods have been exploited indiscriminately, and have hence deteriorated irreversibly. On the other hand, industrial farming has made an increasingly unbridled use of inputs of fossil origin, such as chemical fertilizers, pesticides and plastics.
At the same time, the financial problems that have appeared in recent years as a result of the beginning of global economic-financial crisis put an increasing pressure upon EU evolution as a whole. Finding additional financial resources for agriculture and rural areas will have to be intensified and stimulated. Major challenges are to ensure food security and sovereignty, response to environmental and climate crisis, and recover the economy and employment in agriculture and rural areas.
European Union countries undergo a difficult phase to joint their efforts with the community and the Eastern neighbourhood states that expect to strengthen their place among democratic nations and live in the hope to integrate their national economy in the European Union Common Market in order build a new socio-economic system based on market relations.
The emergence of a new socio-economic system open to the world, the triggering process to joint their efforts with the international community, the trade liberalization will produce arguably significant changes not only in form, but also fundamentally, in the economic life.
Agriculture for all countries was and is still a support for the human existence and, therefore, it is the most powerful factor in harmonizing the balance of economic development. Firstly, the agriculture aims to ensure food security of the population, which is determined by food availability, food supply and accessibility of food requirements at affordable prices both for the producer and consumer. However, agriculture is also the branch that contributes to the rural development.
Starting from the axiom that the free movement of goods within the common market is not extended automatically over the agricultural trade, the common market for agricultural commodities must be accompanied by the establishment of a common agricultural policy among the Member States, which is currently extended for the Eastern Partnership countries too.
The Common Agricultural Policy should have been directed towards improving agricultural productivity by promoting technical progress and optimal use of production factors, especially labour force, ensuring the standard of living in rural areas appropriate to the way of life in the country.
Last but not least, we would like to focus on the competitiveness of agri-food products in the EU, which are facing direct and permanent competition with similar products from other regions of the world and the way in which the financial resources have been correctly directed and efficiently used.
Each EU member country can have its own policy respecting the principles: community preference (setting trade barriers around the single market), financial solidarity (sharing revenues and costs) and joint financing, supporting the prices for agricultural products ‘prices with low elasticity of the offer, as cereals, sugar, table wine etc.
This situation obliges undoubtedly to amplify the exchange of views formed in trials of the agriculture economic integration process and its consequences over the rural development both in the Member States of the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries.
It is out of these reasons that we consider it necessary that the ERDN meeting from 2014 has as main theme the evaluation of current situation in agriculture and rural area as well as their perspectives.


The Conference aims to stimulate theoretical and empirical contributions on the proposed theme and brings together economists, sociologists, geographers, agronomists, ecologists, policy makers, rural planners, managers and others, in order to discuss and assess new perspectives in the future rural development plans. We will welcome comparative analyses between structures, strategies and challenges of the economies inside EU and different countries in transition.
At the same time, we intend to extend our concerns and sphere of interest by attracting new members in ERDN, to deliver new outputs of our activities, to promote and share the results of our concerns with other participants, networks and actors, to create a rich and favourable background for future collaborations.

The objectives of the Conference are:

  • Evaluation of the effects of Eastern Partnership.
  • Analysis and refining common goal systems for agriculture and rural development (determination of specific social needs) in different EU member states, at different stages of development and integration with the EU and transition countries.
  • Determination of competitiveness of agri-food products from Eastern partnership countries on EU agri-food market and best practices identified in rural development.
  • Identification of challenges, opportunities and risks for sustainable rural development within the Eastern Partnership Multilateral Platforms 2014-2017.
  • Connection of networks and people.


During the two full days of the Conference, three thematic sessions are planned. The topics are:

  1. Structural changes in agriculture and rural areas in different EU member states and Eastern Partnership countries: present and future
  2. Financial aspects/alternatives in agriculture and rural development
  3. Competitiveness of agri-food products on EU – Eastern Partnership intra and extra trade markets


Conference Venue
The State Agrarian University of Moldova, Chisinau, Moldova
Place: Administrative building, Mircesti 42, cod: 2049, Chişinău, Moldova


Conference Committee

Scientific Committee:

  • Certan Ion, USM, Moldova
  • Certan Simion, UASM, Moldova
  • Chmielinski Pawel, IERIGZ-PIB, Poland
  • Cimpoieş Dragoş, UASM, Moldova
  • Fieldsend Andrew, AKI, Hungary
  • Florianczyk Zbigniew, IERIGZ-PIB, Poland
  • Gavrilescu Camelia, Romanian Academy-IAE, Romania
  • Klaus Wagner, AWI, Austria
  • Kristina-Melinda Dobay, ICES-Gh.Zane, Romania
  • Paun-Ion Otiman, Romanian Academy-IAE, Romania
  • Stratan Alexandru, INCE, Moldova
  • Voicilaş Dan-Marius, Romanian Academy-IAE, Romania
  • Valentin-Mihai Bohatăreţ, ICES-Gh.Zane, Romania

Organising Committee:

  • Certan Ion, USM, Moldova
  • Certan Simion, UASM, Moldova
  • Chmielinski Pawel, IERIGZ-PIB, Poland
  • Cimpoieş Dragoş, UASM, Moldova
  • Dan-Marius Voicilaş, Romanian Academy-IAE, Romania
  • Lilia Ghitiu, INCE, Moldova
  • Litvin Aurelia, UASM, Moldova
  • Matei Daniela, ICES-Gh.Zane, Romania
  • Morei Virgil, UASM, Moldova
  • Tomiţa Petru, UASM, Moldova

Check the AGENDA of the Conference.