The conditions created by the pandemic cannot become a barrier in carrying out the activities planned within the Jean Monnet Module project – EU4SID. On Thursday, May 14th, 2020, the webinar “Achievements and perspectives of sustainable industrial development in the context of European integration,” organized by the Faculty of Economic Engineering and Business of the Technical University of Moldova, hosted about 60 participants.

The vice-rector for financial issues and international relations of UTM, prof., PhD Larisa BUGAIAN, welcomed the initiative to organize such events and noted that the topic of the project is very relevant. Today’s conditions require the national economy representatives to adopt a new industrial-sustainable thinking, in order to find new ways for industrial development, a more rational use of Moldova’s natural resources and a new set of principles of circular economy that underlie sustainable development and alignment with European development principles.

Cornelia CRUCERESCU, associate professor, PhD, EU4SID project coordinator, webinar organizer and moderator, emphasized the importance of future managers and engineers becoming aware of the concept of sustainable development and its significance for industry, as well as the need to learn economic paradigms and modern business models designed to contribute to the sustainability of enterprises.

The members of the project team – Rafael CILOCI, associate professor, PhD, dean of FIEB, and Veaceslav BÂRDAN, associate professor, PhD, head of TEM, mentioned that the history of EU development par excellence establishes the principle of sustainable development, and the Republic of Moldova can excel in this field due to European integration. The knowledge and skills acquired in the planned activities will contribute to a more efficient adjustion in the economic, social and cultural space of the European Union of the graduates of the Technical University of Moldova.

Andrei ISAC, national action coordinator of the EU-funded EU4Environment regional project, said that the programmes that have been carried out in the country so far already account for some successes in the field of sustainable development: implementation of ISO certificates, eco-labeling, waste recycling, efficiency in use of resources. The prospects for sustainable industrial development are part of the EU4Environment, Circular Economy and New Growth Perspectives project, which will be achieved through: greening SMEs, promoting Single Market concepts for Ecological Products, solving waste management problems, green public procurement, green reforms in priority economic sectors.

Constantin ȚURCANU, head of Analysis, Innovation and Training of the Organization for the Development of the Small and Medium Enterprises Sector (ODIMM), presented the purpose, specific objectives and components of the SME Greening Program, but also the extent to which enterprises benefit from this program. In order to encourage greening, considerable efforts will be made to highlight the economic benefit of this process, what are the most optimal ways to reach markets and promote green products, including the creativity of the company.

Rodica IORDANOV, executive director of the non-governmental organization EcoContact, came up with a comprehensive presentation on environmental assessments, as a preventive tool for activities that can have a significant impact on the environment. She spoke about the role and fields of application of the Strategic Environmental Assessment, Environmental Impact Assessment and Ecological Expertise, but also about the contribution of these important factors to sustainable industrial development.

The SME greening program, together with the EU4Environment Project, aims to attract financial, human, informational resources and thus create opportunities in the Republic of Moldova for SMEs to benefit from the full range of support solutions in the process of adopting the principles of the Green Economy in the activity of enterprises.

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