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The Moldova LEADER IT Soft working group gathers to discuss and validate future actions on the development of the software aimed to digitalise the LEADER approach in Moldova

On December 19, 2022, a working group on the development of the Moldova LEADER IT Soft (MLIS) participated in a workshop facilitated by the contracted IT company, to discuss the elaboration, testing and launching of the software that will digitalise the LEADER approach in Moldova. During the workshop, the working group consisting of representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry (MAFI), the Agency for Intervention and Payments in Agriculture (AIPA), the National LEADER Network (NLN) and members of 5 Local Action Groups (LAGs), alongside Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova have analysed the general prototype of the MLIS platform and addressed the functionality of the software at different stages of the LEADER Program implementation.

Following the workshop and the validation of the action plan, the IT company will develop and test the functionalities of the software with key members of the MLIS working group to ensure proper operation of the system. At the same time, the MLIS working group will continue to consult the software concept with LAGs to inform them about the system functionalities and how it will facilitate the application and evaluation process within the LEADER Program, while also explaining how the system will allow for Local Development Strategies’ (LDS) completion monitoring.

The Moldova LEADER IT Soft represents an IT solution that will facilitate the operational synergy between all actors involved in the LEADER Program. Once developed, the software will enter in the property of MAFI and will be administered by AIPA. The development of the software is financed within the “EU4Moldova: Local Communities” programme, while its’ maintenance will be ensured with money from the state budget allocated within the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework 2023-2024 and other sources allowed by the national legislation. The MLIS platform will be launched in autumn 2023, with a pilot phase scheduled for June-August 2023.

The MLIS platform is supported within the “EU4Moldova: Local Communities” programme, financed by the European Union, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland – Polish aid; and jointly implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the Solidarity Fund PL (SFPL) in Moldova.