With EU support, people on both sides of the Nistru River have now a common cultural center in Cosnita village

09 Jul 2014

imageRennovated cultural centre in Cosnita brings artists together from both banks. Photo: UNDP/Natalia Costas

Thirteen artistic groups from both banks of the Nistru River and from Vinnytsia (Ukraine) performed today at the Folk Festival “Nistrule, pe malul tău”. The fifth edition of the Festival was held this year in the Cultural Center of Cosnita village, Dubasari district, which was renovated recently with European funds in the framework of the EU-UNDP Support to Confidence Building Measures Programme.

A venue that draws the two banks of the Nistru closer together. This is how the residents of Cosnita and of the neighboring villages who attended the event described the freshly renovated building. Its convenient location and its capacity to house over 350 spectators make the Cultural Center a perfect place for hosting cultural activities in the region, but its dilapidated state had rendered it unusable. With a budget of over €97,000 offered by the European Union and €48,146 other by the Dubasari District Council, in three months the 75-year-old Cultural Center in Cosnita underwent a radical transformation. It saw a renovation of the roof, of the heating, ventilation and the sewer system, of the doors and the windows, and its electrical wiring was rehabilitated. Additionally, its interior spaces and facade were renovated and the building was equipped with the sound equipment and necessary furniture.

“As of today, this cultural center brings together artists from both banks of Nistru River and the festival and the wonderful handicraft exhibition come to prove this fact. I truly believe that art unites people and makes them better. By financing the reconstruction of this building, along with other confidence-building projects, the European Union provides concrete benefits to the population. The project converges people on both banks of the Nistru River in addressing their basic needs and improving the quality of their lives. Our assistance to Dubasari district does not stop here:  there are already 11 ongoing social infrastructure projects implemented in partnership with UNDP which help improve the quality of life of people in the region”, said Ambassador Pirkka Tapiola, Head of the European Union Delegation to Moldova.    

The event was also an occasion to formally inaugurate the Common Resource and Service Office (BCIS) hosted by the Cosnita Cultural Center. Set up with the financial assistance from the European Union (€ 16,214) in partnership with the UNDP and UN Women, BCIS brings together service providers from the public, private and nongovernmental sector to provide to people from both banks quality information and services in a coordinated manner. Thanks to mobile team of BCIS, during the last four months, about 130 women and men have found solutions for their problems running the gamut from social protection, to employment, to cadastre issues etc.

The Cultural Center in Cosnita is one of the 40 social infrastructure rehabilitation projects to be implemented with EU funds under the EU-UNDP Confidence Building Measures Programme, contributing directly to improving the quality of life for more than 120,000 people living on both sides of the Nistru River. In the last two years alone, Dubasari district received under the EU-UNDP Programme over €1,168,000 for social infrastructure projects.

The EU-UNDP Support to Confidence Building Measures Programme is implemented during 2012-2015 and has a total budget of €10.6 million offered by the European Union (€9.5 million) and the UNDP (€1,1 million). In addition to these infrastructure projects, the EU-UNDP Support to Confidence Building Measures Programme offers financial and technical support for joint projects in four other key areas: business development, civil society development, healthcare protection, and environment protection.

Contact Information

Natalia Costaş, Communication Consultant, EU-UNDP Support to Confidence Building Measures Programme, tel.: 069 221141, e-mail: natalia.costas@undp.org