The empowered LAGs via the LEADER approach will play a leading role in the local development process, ensuring sustainability for the projects implemented jointly by EU, UNDP and other development partners in the region. For utmost importance is also the fact that our experience will be useful for institutionalizing the LEADER approach in the country.
Seeing that people get involved, harness the experience that we obtained until now and come up with new resources and projects, we know that we are on the good path.
* The Administrative Territorial Unit of Gagauzia (ATUG) was established in December 1994, soon after the adoption of the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova. The Law on the special status of the Gagauzia (Gagauz Yeri) granted ATUG a special status of autonomous territorial entity within the unitary state of the Republic of Moldova. The Gagauz Autonomy is an example of successful transfer of central powers to the region. Gagauzia is administratively divided into one municipality, two cities and 23 communes incorporating 28 villages, thus consisting of an overall 32 administrative units . It has a population of 161,900 inhabitants (59% of which living in rural areas).
** Taraclia District is located in the South of the Republic of Moldova and borders with the Administrative Territorial Unit of Gagauzia (ATUG) to the North. The district is administratively divided into two cities and thirteen local communities incorporating eleven villages, thus consisting of an overall twenty-six administrative units. The district population of 44,000 inhabitants is equally distributed in urban and rural areas, and the majority of the residents are Bulgarians – 65.56%.