Debating Moldova's future
Three schools joined forces to debate Moldova’s relations to the EU. The debate was organized in the format of a competition and was part of the “Democracy at School” project.
The debate was organized in the Karl Popper format with the motion: “The Republic of Moldova has the ability to join the EU”. More than 60 students from the host school ASM Lyceum and the high schools “Orizont” and “Gaudeamus” took part in the debate which took place November 22.
The Yes side argued that Moldova’s national past and values are European and that a return to Europe therefore could lead to a national revival. The EU, the Yes side argued, could also guarantee Moldova’s independence and sovereignty. Moldova already has an Association Agreement with the EU and its economic growth will be supported with membership.
The No side argued that EU membership would cost Moldova its constitutional independence and sovereignty and that the nation would dissolve with the loss of the regions Transnistria and Gagauzia. Furthermore, Russia would never allow Moldova to join the EU, it was argued. Moscow would block Moldovan exports, cut its energy supplies and continue the manipulation of the portion of the Moldovan population educated during Soviet times. The No side also argued that Moldovans are so divided on the issue that accession through a referendum or parliamentary agreement would be a practical impossibility.
The winning team was called M-3 and consisted of Dumitru Cainareanu, Cristina Lozinschi and Catalin Mogaldea. The prize was a cup, medals and a set of valuable books donated by the NGO partner Youth of Moldova.
The debate was part of the “Democracy at School” project initiated by a team from ASM Lyceum in close cooperation with the National Association of Young Historians of Moldova (ANTIM) in Chisinau at the Regional Summer Academy in Poland last summer.
Its implementation is supported online on European Wergeland Centre’s Share & Connect platform: http://shareandconnect.theewc.org/ . The team wants to increase students’ knowledge and understanding of European values in order to increase their civic engagement. The project group aims at establishing a Youth Centre called “We are Europe” in order to promote education for democratic citizenship and human rights. Activities within the project also include collecting the practices of successful cooperation in this field and producing the publication: “Youth in Action: Experiences and Perspectives”. Information about “Democracy at School” project in Moldova can be found here.