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Kick-off workshop of the new project “inforMD”

On 12 May 2021, the new IEP project “inforMD — against disin­for­mation in the Republic of Moldova” launched with an online kick-off workshop. The aim of the workshop was not only to introduce the project to repre­sen­ta­tives of Moldovan civil society and media working on the topic of disin­for­mation and fake news but also to jointly identify synergies.

Iulian Groza (Director, IPRE), Dr. Funda Tekin (Director, IEP) and Inna Shupac (Director, IPIS) jointly intro­duced the event. Funda Tekin stressed the relevance of the project and referred to a recent European Parliament report that called on Moldovan author­ities to strengthen resilience against disin­for­mation and manip­u­lation of infor­mation both online and offline. This is exactly where the inforMD project starts off. The aim is to strengthen resilience in the Republic of Moldova by imple­menting concrete capacity building, exchange and infor­mation measures that promote the formation of networks and facil­itate learning processes. Young people and students in particular are the target group of the inforMD training series on disin­for­mation awareness and are considered key multi­pliers within the project.

Furthermore, it was empha­sised that the problem of disin­for­mation is by no means a problem that only affects the Republic of Moldova. The phenomenon of disin­for­mation is a global trend and requires transna­tional cooper­ation in order to take sustainable action against it, for example, through projects such as inforMD. In this sense, the project will focus on the mutual exchange of experi­ences and expertise with Germany and other EU countries as well as the countries of the Eastern Partnership.

After a detailed presen­tation of the individual project activ­ities by Stanislav Ghiletchi, project manager at IPRE, the focus was on the exchange with the repre­sen­ta­tives of Moldovan civil society and media. They informed about current projects and plans, shared their experi­ences and knowledge regarding anti-disin­for­mation work in the Republic of Moldova in recent years. Points of contact and synergies with the inforMD measures were found, e.g., for the imple­men­tation of the mapping study on the legal framework in the fight against disin­for­mation as well as for the inter­active “anti-disin­for­mation” training series for young students.

The kick-off workshop showed the impor­tance of early networking, direct exchange and the identi­fi­cation of synergies between all relevant stake­holders in order to strengthen civil society cooper­ation in the field of disinformation.

The project “inforMD — against disin­for­mation in the Republic of Moldova” is carried out by the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP, Berlin), the Institute for European Policies and Reforms (IPRE, Chișinău) and the Institute for Strategic Initia­tives Studies (IPIS, Chișinău) with the kind support of the German Federal Foreign Office.