On April 9-13, the ODB organised a study tour for Belarusian specialists on transport issues to Chisinau (Moldova). The representatives of the Belarusian Union of Transport Workers had a chance to gain the experience from their Moldovan colleagues who succeeded in reforming the public transportation sector.
During the visit Belarusian experts met with the leadership of Union of Transport and Road Workers of Moldova (UTWM), visited the Moldovan Ministry of Transport and Road Infrastructure, International Association of Road Hauliers of Moldova «AITA» and its educational centre, a number of bus stations and bus parks of Chisinau.
As a result of the visit a Project Agreement on Cooperation between Belarusian and Moldovan Unions of Transport Workers was signed.
The visit of Belarusian experts to Chisinau is one of the two study tours envisaged in the frames of this project. Knowledge and printed materials received by the Belarusian delegation from their colleagues will be used for preparing the concept on “Harmonisation of legislation on passengers’ transportation by automobile transport” – a final document of the Permanent Working Group’s on Transport Issues activities which is a part of this project. A published concept will be sent to the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Belarus and other relevant governmental and private institutions.
“EU-Belarus: Sharing Knowledge” is the project coordinated by the Office for a Democratic Belarus (ODB, Brussels, Belgium) in cooperation with the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies (BISS, Vilnius, Lithuania), Belarusian Union of Transport Workers (BUTW, Minsk, Belarus) and supported by the European Commission. Informational and technical support to the project in Minsk is provided by the Office for European Expertise and Communications (Minsk, Belarus).
This initiative is a follow-up to the previous project coordinated by the ODB that focused on expertise exchange between Belarus and the EU in the field of environmental protection, handling the grave consequences of the Chernobyl explosion, energy, energy efficiency, transport and transit, as well as science and education that was supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.