Liberalizing the visa regime opened new opportunities for Moldovan people
Liberalization of the visa regime with the EU offered to the Moldovan citizens the chance to start their own business, others gave them the chance not to fail. We discover from this report how the visa-free regime influenced the life of three Moldovans.
On April 28, 2014, the European Union cancelled the visas for the Moldovan citizens. As from that day, the ones holding biometrical passports can freely travel to the Europe - sightseeing, meeting friends and making business.
A rescue from failure and poverty
Iurie, a 38-year-old man from Ungheni district, has been earning his living in the European Union for more than two years. He works as a builder in a suburb of Paris. For him The Liberalization of Visa Regime, as for the citizens of the Republic of Moldova was in fact a rescue from failure and poverty.
In 2015, Iurie was expelled from the Russian Federation and was at the limit of despair because he does not have a profession or studies, and has two children on maintenance. Then someone, that had some acquaintances there, offered him to go to work in France. The man confessed me, that he is working in shift, for three months and he is quite satisfied. Also, he told us that he was shocked to see that the police or the gendarmerie did not stop him in the streets asking for the papers or loading in order to take to the station, as they did in Moscow.
Now the man expects to become a Romanian citizen, in order to be able to work legally in France, where meanwhile he can move completely with his family. As far as the European Integration of the Republic of Moldova is concerned, then for him these are just political slogans, it wouldn’t matter, if he gets his Romanian passport.
More experience due to the free travels
In the village of Leuseni, Hancesti district, lives Nicoleta Moroshanu, a young woman empowered by the liberalization of the visa regime to start her own business. „I was with some friends in 2014 and someone mentioned the chinchilla, what made me curious and I started to research the issue. After a week or two of both of us thinking of it, my husband suggested that he did not want to make a rabbit farm and why don’t we try chinchillas,” said Nicoleta.
Nicoleta got familiar with raising chinchillas in Europe. After months of research and documentation, the Moroshanus started their business. The farm in their courtyard is to prove the months of their research were not in vain. Now the farm has over 100 chinchilla families and their goal been to reach 300.
This business was made possible due to outer support, we travelled a lot to Hungary, Romania, Denmark. Our talks and contacts with foreign partners were eased by the liberalized visa regime for the Moldovan citizens, that is the link and the exchange of experience were much easier to carry out,” said Nicoleta.
The experience gained in the European Union helped the young farmers to produce their own chinchilla food, what cut down the costs of keeping up the farm. Now the Moroshanu family can become a dealer of chinchilla food, if this area of the national animal growing is backed.
A little bit to the south, in the village of Capaclia, Cantemir district, we have met another businessman, who had been empowered by the free visa regime to set up and maintain his business. Ilie Stavila owns an orchard of plum and cherry trees. „I went to Europe and saw what agriculture meant there. Their infrastructure is developed very well, they have water near the plots, irrigation, anti-hail net. Their plantations are very well endowed with technology. We’d also like to endow our orchard with such an infrastructure...”, said Ilie Stavila.
He says the visa liberalisation has helped him to keep the business running, and it’s only this year that it has borne fruit. The investments in it have amounted to one million lei. „I benefited from the visa free regime to travel to the European Union where I worked to keep the business afloat,” said the young farmer