On 26 January 2016, the CEI-ener2i-MD project team from the Austrian know-how provider the Center for Social Innovation ZSI and its Moldovan recipient partners from the Agency of Innovation and Technology Transfer of Moldova (AITT)  and  the Organization for Small and Medium Enterprises Sector Development (ODIMM) met with the grantees of the Innovation Voucher Competition for Moldova to review the implementation and outcomes of the eleven funded projects.

The ener2i / CEI-ener2i-MD Innovation Voucher Competition for Moldova supports innovative projects in the field of energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy sources (RES) by providing direct financial contributions at an early stage of the project development. 11 out of a total of 34 project-idea applications were awarded with Innovation Vouchers worth 4,000 EUR each provided by the EU FP7 funded project ener2i, and the CEI KEP AUSTRIA project CEI-ener2i-MD.

The review meeting was opened by Director of (AITT) , Roman Chirca, followed by opening remarks from Manfred Spiesberger, ener2i /CEI-ener2i-MD  project coordinator of  ZSI - and  Olga Popa from ODIMM. The activities and results of each project were presented ranging from solar energy, over pellet production and bio-briquetting from biomass, to the development of a self-contained energy cycle for the cultivation of vegetables. The gathering ended with a closing discussion on the  implementation and outlook for innovation voucher competitions.

Constantin Mihailescu, from the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) in Moldova highlighted the favourable results generated by the implemented project ideas despite the limited resources available through the vouchers. The Moldovan grantees underlined how useful the voucher competition was in order to kick-off innovative project ideas lacking initial funding. And given  the success of this first Voucher competition in Moldova, ener2i and CEI-ener2i-MD partner AITT has submitted a proposal to the Moldovan Ministry of Economy for additional Voucher competitions to be funded from the national budget.
During the event ZSI as project partner and know-how provider,  informed about funding possibilities for Moldovan stakeholders in the field of energy, e.g. in the framework of the INTERREG Danube Transnational Programme. *** The KEP AUSTRIA - part of CEI Know-how Exchange Programme - is financed by Austria, with funding provided by the Austrian Development Cooperation (based on an agreement between the Central European Initiative and Austrian Development Agency). The Programme aims at promoting capacity building and technical assistance through know-how transfer from CEI EU to CEI non-EU Member States.
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