- to enhance the visibility of information, communication and scientific resources on EU integration studies both for academic communities and civil society in the country and in the region by "E-Institute" Association specialising in EU studies;
- to develop synergistically the resources in EU integration studies in an interdisciplinary perspective from different academic disciplines by bringing together specialists in the country and in the region to promote the EU integration knowledge and research results from a common consolidated European position.
- to install a specialised website on EU integration studies, open to everybody who is eager to learn about the European integration process;
- to elaborate all the necessary materials for the website on EU integration studies in order to come with the necessary resources to meet the demand of the beneficiaries (academic community, policy-makers, civil society) to the increasing role of the EU on regional and international arena;
- to establish centres of research on EU integration studies, responsible for specific investigation, information, communication and contribution to website functioning and development: European Centre for Legal Studies, European Centre for Economic Integration, European Centre for Human Rights, European Centre for Intercultural Dialogue;
- to launch an on-line scientific journal to promote research results of scientists in the country and in the region;
- to publish articles / papers of Moldovan professors and researchers and specialists from abroad in the on-line journal;
- to publish newsletters on EU events and / or knowledge on EU integration for members of the Moldovan community who have limited access or no access to information and communication technologies;
- to communicate knowledge on EU integration studies via the website and newsletters;
- to inform the Moldovan society about the latest developments within the EU via the website and newsletters;
- to organise annual and / or special meeting in order to make an exchange of information and experience in EU integration studies among the members of "E-Institute" Association, professors and researchers representing different institutions, and members of the civil society.
In order to accomplish the overall designed activities the project will adopt a methodology based on System Development Life Cycle, focusing on planning, implementing and analysis.
I - Planning.
On the first stage, the management team will organise kick-off meetings to set:
- the responsibilities of the centres of research - European Centre for Legal Studies, European Centre for Economic Integration, European Centre for Human Rights, European Centre for Intercultural Dialogue - throughout the life cycle of the project as these centres will constitute the hard nucleus of EU integration studies and driving force in promoting them by an ICT-based content;
- data collection tasks.
Each team of these centres will identify, explore, study, process, and produce all the necessary and relevant materials and / or knowledge, followed by an in-depth conceptual analysis of selected thematic case-studies on EU integration for website design, pages up-date, communication and dissemination of research and / or collected data results via ICT and information newsletters. The team members will identify contributors in the country and in the region to the on-line journal and examine the articles / papers for electronic publication of their research results. Team members will have to collect information about the latest developments in the EU in order to inform rightly the Moldovan academic community and society, becoming a bridge in uniting people and sharing the same democratic values.
II - Implementing.
At this stage, there are designed mobilisation and organisation of necessary resources for successful project outputs. Managing project start-up will contribute to put into practice the project plan; the initiation of procedures in building working teams; the project information and communication structures as the website, on-line journal, and newsletters, supported by research thematic centres in EU integration. The structure of project organisation is based primarily on research centres. The centres will join researchers, professors, contributors that demonstrate skills, experience, motivation, teamwork and sense of urgency for project execution in information and communication of EU integration studies. Human resources of research centres will be organised in groups (min. 3-5 members), including coordinators, staff members, contributors and volunteers. The centres will be coordinated by: European Centre for Legal Studies - Associate Professor Violeta Melnic, European Centre for Economic Integration - Associate Professor Mihai Hachi, European Centre for Human Rights - Associate Professor Ion Buruiana, European Centre for Intercultural Dialogue - Associate Professor Carolina Dodu-Savca. The assigned responsibilities in information and communication of EU integration studies will derive for each centre team from the fields they cover, i.e. EU legal, economic, protection of human rights, and intercultural dialogue studies. Dissemination activities will be coordinated by these centres.
Managing costs include the control of revenue, ensuring the money received and spent is in accordance with the approved budget, the timing of each transaction and monitoring all financial operations. Managing time of all scheduled tasks implies precise duration of 3 years. Management and leadership will be performed by Associate Professor Vasile Cucerescu, academic coordinator. He will follow action-centred leadership behaviour by achieving the tasks, managing the team in problem-solving, decision-making activities, and facing risk and / or changes within the project.
III - Analysis.
The analysis stage of the project execution is the final stage of the methodology. The analysis will focus on the performance of the inputs and outputs of the project, which must guarantee the success of the action and drawing a pertinent conclusion. At annual and / or special meetings the actors involved in project management will discuss and analyse the appropriateness of steps and methodology used in running the project in order to maintain properly the website and improve permanently the project execution and attain appropriately the addressed objectives of the action. Any suggestion coming from the civil society, academic community, the EU institutions, organisms, and controllers would be appreciated.
EXPECTED IMPACT OF THE PROJECT:
The chief beneficiaries of this project are researchers and professors specialising in EU integration studies; students of all cycles who are eager to get into contact and / or improve their knowledge in EU integration; policy-makers and officials whose activities are already influenced by harmonisation actions with EU standards; journalists who are specialising in EU matters; legislators who adopt more laws in accordance with EU practice; lawyers, judges, prosecutors who are to realise justice in line with ECtHR; businessmen who are interested to develop their business projects with EU member states; civil society in general aspiring to attain the EU values of democracy, human rights protection, intercultural dialogue in a global world.
In fact, the project will reach them through information and communication technologies, publication of newsletters, dissemination of research results and information on EU integration.
- informed multilevel community about the EU integration process (economic, legal, etc.), institutions, decision-making, policies, values;
- access, motivation, on-line socialisation, information exchange, knowledge construction, and personal development of society members in the country and in the region in EU integration studies;
- available outputs, products and results on EU integration studies to larger audiences;
- awareness of the EU importance at regional and international level;
- understanding the need for European integration studies in the global community;
- readiness for better cooperation actions within the Eastern Partnership;
- knowledgeable end-users of the society to share and disseminate information and / or knowledge on EU Integration in other academic and / or social contexts.
Short term benefits:
- end-users of the society who are aware of EU integration process;
- the ICT-based content on EU integration studies offer new ideas and skills, can fire up the people mind and inspire them greater business success with EU partners or cooperation at different social levels;
- it gives a foundation to continue building lifelong learning skills upon EU matters and lasting partnerships;
- responsiveness and reactiveness to European integration studies and programmes;
- it can contribute to better cooperation between Moldova and the EU, member states and the civil society.
Long term benefits:
- it gives skills that are transferable not only in a professional career but in everyday life, connecting peoples in Europe;
- it prepares the necessary conditions for approximation of Moldovan legislation to EU standards and values;
- it creates fertile soil for implementation of the EU programmes within the Eastern partnership, especially in Moldova;
- it prepares long standing bridges of cooperation between Moldovan political, economic, financial, cultural institutions and EU institutions;
- it can stimulate better institutional, academic and civil society partnerships between Moldova and the EU;
- it will stimulate promotion of European dimension in Moldovan social relations.
DISSEMINATION AND EXPLOITATION STRATEGY:
Within the framework of dissemination activities in EU integration studies, there will be performed information and communication sessions via different mechanisms-outputs-products-results approaches according to the specificity of the project such as:
- newsletters on EU integration information and / or knowledge that will be published 2 times a year;
- articles (including on-line and printed) by authors in the country and in the region on EU integration bearing an interdisciplinary perspective;
- press releases that will be done on special occasions related to project management and / or the EU major events;
- reports about the implementation results of the project which will be presented at annual meetings of the "E-Institute" Association and invited guests of the civil society;
- annual reports which will be sent to the Agency (they will have a two-fold aspect: monitoring of the project and dissemination of the activities, results, products, even if to a limited audience);
- website (information and communication of knowledge and / or news about the project activities and results) by linking with other sites and promoting it in the national and regional blogosphere;
- information and communication activities by keeping an electronic mailing list of recipients, targeted as project audience as academic community (academics and students), media organisations, policy-makers, civil society, will be performed in order to expand the beneficiaries of the project results.
Exploitation strategy of the project envisages end-users such as academics, students, individuals at a micro-social level and policy-makers, different socio-professional groups and / or systems at a macro-social level, striving to mainstreaming and multiplication of action results. These would include:
- transfer of disseminated results which can be used in other contexts and other institutions or organisations in Moldova or in the region;
- building up new partnerships between Moldova and the EU, within and / or outside the EU;
- sustainability, especially via the up-dated website and newsletters from which people can learn even after the project completion to meet their needs and build on these results new activities and / or projects of the future;
- national and transnational sharing of experience and / or best practice in EU integration studies in promoting a more consolidated inter- and cross-cultural dialogue and cooperation in a united Europe.