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CNN rates Moldova as one of the top wine producers in the world

Moldova Posted on Wed, November 18, 2015 09:16:08

knows the world’s classic wine regions: Tuscany, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rioja,
Napa Valley”, writes the American news agency CNN in their web site and
continue: “But not all the world’s best wine regions have yet been
discovered.In fact, some of the finest wine is being made in places you might
never even have heard of.”
One of the great wine producers on CNN´s list is Moldova. Here´s what the American the wine
tasters write about “the most vineyard-dense country in the world”:

Though winemaking in Moldova dates back
more than 5,000 years, Moldovan wine — and Moldova in general — has flown
almost completely under the radar.

Sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine,
the tiny country’s wines are a delight, from indigenous whites like rara neagra
and plavai to its crisp, fruity sauvignon blancs and chardonnays.

You’ll even find excellent reds in mild,
dry southern Moldova: robust, earthy saperavis, as well as elegant cabernets,
gamays and pinot noir.

Interestingly, almost a quarter of all
Moldovans are winemakers — it’s the most vineyard-dense country in the world.

The country is also home to the world’s
largest wine cellar, Milestii Mici, which has more than two million bottles.

Visit: Cricova winery produces velvety,
medium-bodied Orasul Subteran Rara Neagra, made exclusively with indigenous
Moldovan grapes.

Click here for the complete CNN list of great not so well known wine producers.

The next big outsourcing hub: A tiny country where IT is top priority

Moldova Posted on Sat, May 02, 2015 16:00:36

A child of two worlds, caught between East and West and just outside European Union’s border, the Republic of Moldova is building up its IT and telecoms sector at warp speed, managing to attract large companies thanks to its proximity to Western Europe and costs that are cheaper than Romania or Bulgaria.

Tax exemptions and low salaries – ranging from $350 per month for a junior developer to $1,000 for an experienced one – have lured businesses to Moldova. Outsourcing companies such as Endava and Pentalog are planning to hire hundreds of IT professionals in Moldova in the near future, knowing that the country’s culture is compatible with both the Western world and the Russian-speaking region.

This article by ZDnet gives you more insights about the opportunities for Swedish and Scandinavian IT companies in Moldova – one of the few countries in Europe to have a Ministry of Technology,

Sweden´s Civil Rights Defenders searching for a new Programme Officer for Moldova

Moldova Posted on Sat, August 30, 2014 11:01:52

Civil Rights Defenders is an international human rights organisation with headquarters in Sweden, defending people’s civil and political rights and empower human rights defenders at risk. In Eastern Europe and Central Asia they closely co-operate with a number of human rights organisations, advocating for improvements in the realm of human rights and empowering human rights defenders at risk. Civil Rights Defenders are now looking to recruit a competent and proactive Programme Officer for Moldova.

The Programme Officer is responsible for carrying out and follow up on the human rights support programme and long term partnerships with human rights organisations in Moldova, including Transnistria. All details can be found on this website.

Upptäck Moldavien – i Stockholm

Moldova Posted on Thu, May 08, 2014 16:25:23

Moldavien är ett av Europas minst kända och besökta länder.
Här får du chansen att bekanta dig lite mer med landet när en av Moldaviens
mest berömda musikgrupper, Stefanet Brothers’ Orchestra framträder på
Musikaliska med solisten Geta Burlacu.

Under kvällen ges möjlighet att prova moldaviska viner.
Många bedömare anser att Moldavien inom kort kommer att bli ett land att räkna
med vad gäller vinturism.

The following in English:
Moldovan musical tradition draws heavily on Romanian
and Ukrainian folk themes, complex melodies accompanied by up-tempo rhythms to
produce fast paced, foot tapping, folk tunes with more than a little Jazz in
their musical DNA.

Moldovaholiday are delighted to present for one night only,
in Stockholm, Berlin and London, some of Moldova’s best known and most admired
musicians who will showcase their exceptional talent and share the joy of
Moldovan traditional music.

No journey to Moldova would be complete without an
opportunity to sample their distinctive, high quality wine. Moldova is widely
predicted to be ‘the next big thing’ in wine tourism and we would like to show
you why. Moldovan wines will be available to enjoy during the evening.

The event will take place at Musikaliska, Nybrokajen 11, 111
48 Stockholm, on Thursday, May 15.

Read more about the event and buy tickets on
Musikaliska´s web page

A limited number of free tickets are available for members
of the Chamber of Commerce who have paid their annual fee. Please then send a
request to

Posted by Uvner Business Consulting

Exit CIS….

Moldova Posted on Tue, March 25, 2014 15:39:31

Following Ukraina´s announcement a few days ago that it will leave the CIS, lawmakers in Moldova propose to the Legislative to examine a possible leave of Moldova from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
Read more in Moldova´s webpage here.

Moldova – much more than great wine. They take care of your IT-projects as well

Moldova Posted on Fri, June 07, 2013 13:28:52

Moldova, between Romania and Ukraine, is perhaps
not the first country you come to think of when you plan your IT outsourcing. If
you ever been to Moldova, then it´s a good chance that you zipped more
of the excellent Moldovan wine than talked to an IT expert. If so you may even have been down to one of
the largest wine cellars in the world, Cricova, with 120 km wine packed underground roads. Well worth a trip
in its own right.

But forget
the wine for a while, because Moldova is now on a marketing campaign to tell
Europe about it´s competence and competiveness to take on IT development from
the West. And a few days ago the Moldovan group, headed by, the deputy ICT
minister, Ms Scola (photo), visited Stockholm where she presented facts and
about Moldova´s IT industry as well as introduced a few IT companies
ready to grab in to Swedish IT projects.

should be no doubts that Moldova will give their competitors in the
region a fight about the IT outsourcing projects from the west, offering among the lowest cost/hour
for highly educated IT professionals. Representatives
from Moldovan companies, like DAAC Systems (who already works for Dell and several other western companies) and QSystems on line Solutions were joined by the CEO of Lexicon IT Konsult, Markus Närenbäck, who talked about the Swedish IT
market, and an enthusiastic app-specialist from Apple, who gave an insight into the growing
importance of apps in businesses.
All in all,
a very interesting and informative show by the Moldovan IT industry.

Click here for some facts and figures about Moldova´s IT competitiveness and here for more pictures from the event.

Chisinau aim to attract international investors at Investment Forum in March

Moldova Posted on Sun, February 17, 2013 11:57:58

An international Investment Forum “Invest in Moldova” will take place in Chisinau, the Republic of Moldova in the period of 5-6 March 2013. The event is organized by the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Moldova, Moldovan Investment and Export Promotion Organization (MIEPO), World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), International Financial Corporation (IFC), part of World Bank Group and Energy Efficiency Agency of the Republic of Moldova.
The event program is focused on plenary sessions and panel discussions on the following topics: Moldovan investment climate characteristics, privatization and public-private partnerships, Moldovan investment projects, investment opportunities in Moldovan agribusiness sector, investments in Moldovan energy efficiency field, etc. Likewise, several visits are planned to be organized at Moldovan free economic zones, industrial parks, Moldovan companies that are interested to attract investments in special projects implementation, Moldovan enterprises that are announced for privatization, etc.
Invitation letter can be found here and more information about the event here.

Handelsminister Ewa Björling leder näringslivsresa till Moldavien i oktober.

Moldova Posted on Wed, August 01, 2012 22:31:56

Den 4 september inbjuder UD till samverkansmöte med anledning av de planerade delegationsresorna med svenska näringslivsrepresentanter till Georgien och Moldavien den 25-27 september resp 22-24 oktober. Delegationsresan till Moldavien leds av handelsminister Ewa Björling.

Inbjudan samt program till samverkansmötet på UD kan hämtas här.

Moldova´s prime minister to head a business delegation to Stockholm

Moldova Posted on Sat, August 27, 2011 22:14:48

Moldova´s Prime Minister Vlad Filat will be visiting Stockholm shortly together with a business delegation. The Swedish Foreign Office, the Swedish Trade Council and the Embassy of Moldova are inviting members of the Chambers of Commerce Sweden – Southeast Europe to a round table with matchmaking between Swedish and Moldovan businessmen. The Moldovan Foreign Minister, Iurie Leanca, dep Foreign Minister, Natalia Gherman, The Minister of Agriculture, Vasile Bumacov and the dep Minister of Trade, Octavian Calmac also will take part in the delegation.
Members of the Chambers of Commerce can download the invitation with information about date and venue here.

Paypal now accepts payments from Moldova

Moldova Posted on Sat, August 27, 2011 21:45:31

From 24 September 2011 PayPal will allow its accounts in Ukraine, Russia and Moldova to accept payments, according to sources within the company.

Join a Swedish Business Delegation to Moldova

Moldova Posted on Mon, May 02, 2011 00:14:41

The Swedish Trade Council, in cooperation with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Sweden in Chisinau, invites you to participate in a delegation trip to Moldova on 29-31 May in conjunction with an official visit by Mr. Frank Belfrage, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs. During this “Fact Finding Mission” Swedish companies will learn more about the business climate and investment opportunities in Moldova. You will also establish valuable contacts with official representatives, ministries and future partners from Moldovan companies. The preliminary programme can be downloaded here and in this link there is a short update of Moldova. For more information regarding the business trip please contact Country manager Peter Svensson, ph: +36 1 666 35 80,

PS. If you happen to like wine there are plenty to experience in Moldova. What not so many people know about Moldova is that wine represents the major product of Moldova’s economy, with exports in a good year accounting for up to half of the country’s total export earnings. The wine’s share in Moldova’s GDP is some 25 per cent. But one of the most mysterious treasures a wine lover could dream of is also in Moldova. The largest underground wine cellar in the world is “hidden” in this country. Certainly worth a visit by it´s own right. Read more about this exciting place here.

Moldova in turmoil as referendum fails

Moldova Posted on Tue, September 07, 2010 21:30:06

Moldova’s pro-European coalition government has been plunged into turmoil after a referendum it had backed to end more than a year of political stalemate failed due to a low turnout, setting the stage for fresh parliamentary elections.
The ruling Alliance for European Integration had hoped the poll would end a period of political deadlock in the former Soviet republic by allowing Moldovans to elect a president by popular vote. Read more in the Financial Times article here.

Norrtäljeföretag säljer miljöteknik till Moldavien

Moldova Posted on Mon, August 30, 2010 23:06:52

Ett miljöteknikföretag från Norrtälje installerar en hållbar värmeanläggning på en idrottsskola i Moldavien. Miljoninvesteringen är en av flera satsningar i västra Balkan, Kina och Afrika som finansieras av biståndsmyndigheten Sida och beslutas av Tillväxtverket. Norrtäljeföretaget Solarus AB utvecklar och säljer solenergiprodukter för hushåll och industrier. En idrottsskola i Drochia i Moldavien har beviljats 2,9 miljoner kronor i stöd av Tillväxtverket för att Solarus AB ska installera en miljömässigt hållbar värmeanläggning. Skolan bidrar med 1,8 miljoner kronor till projektet. Syftet är bland annat att öka medvetenheten i Moldavien om möjligheterna att investera i miljövänliga alternativ.

EU starts talk with Moldova about visa free travel

Moldova Posted on Wed, June 16, 2010 22:54:00

The European Union on Tuesday launched talks on abolishing its visa regime for Moldova in a bid to strengthen ties with the EU aspirant nation. Moldovan citizens still require a visa to enter the EU, even though it is one of the six countries in its “Eastern Partnership” initiative. “Provided that the relevant conditions for well-managed and secure mobility are put in place, a visa-free regime can add a very tangible element to Moldova‘s closer relations with the EU,” EU commissioner, Cecilia Malmstrom, said in a statement.
Tuesday‘s decision launches talks between the EU and Moldova on the technical problems which the latter would have to solve in order to qualify for a visa-free regime. That will include issues such as making Moldovan passports more secure and bringing border and migration systems in line with EU standards, the EU statement said. Foreign relations and domestic security policy are also likely to feature in the talks. The EU sees visa freedom as one of the main incentives it can offer neighbouring states to improve their performance on human rights and the rule of law.
The other members of the Eastern Partnership are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine.

Welcome to Moldova Business Week 2010

Moldova Posted on Mon, May 31, 2010 22:44:06

Moldova Business Week is organised with the aim to increase investment flows in the Republic of Moldova by drawing attention of foreign investors to the Republic of Moldova as a favorable investment destination, to facilitate dialogue between investors and local companies, to identify and promote future investment projects, and to focus investors’ attention on specific sectors of the national economy.

During the week investment opportunities will be presented in all areas of the industry, eg energy, infrastructure, IT, agriculture etc.
Moldova Business Week takes place in Chisinau on June 22-25.
Click here to enter the official website of the event, with agenda and other details.

Moldova considers constitutional change

Moldova Posted on Thu, March 11, 2010 19:14:23

Moldova may adopt a new constitution in order to avoid holding an election after the parliament failed twice to elect the country’s president last year.
The ruling group, the Alliance for European Integration (AEI), agreed on Wednesday to change the fundamental act governing the country and hold a referendum on the changes by June 16 at the latest, a year after the last parliament was dissolved. Read more in the FT-article here.

Moldova Trans-Dniester region offers Russia to host missile

Moldova Posted on Tue, February 16, 2010 20:23:52

Moldova’s breakaway region of Trans-Dniester has reacted to US plans for a missile defence shield by offering to host new Russian missiles. The US wants to base elements of its missile defence shield in neighbouring Romania and Bulgaria – much to Russia’s concern. Trans-Dniester leader Igor Smirnov said Russia had not yet asked it to be a host but any request would be approved.
Trans-Dniester is already home to Russian troops and an arms dump. The Trans-Dniester region declared independence from Moldova in 1991. Read more in the BBC-article here.

Moldova fails to elect president

Moldova Posted on Mon, December 07, 2009 21:40:57

Moldova’s parliament has failed in its latest attempt to choose a president, increasing the likelihood of a third general election in less than a year. The opposition Communists refused to take part in the vote for Marian Lupu, the pro-Western coalition’s candidate. The coalition only holds 53 of the 101 seats in parliament – short of the 61 required to elect a president.

Europe’s poorest nation has been in crisis since elections in April sparked massive street protests and riots. The ruling Communists claimed victory in that poll, prompting thousands of people to descend on parliament in anger at alleged rigging. Opposition parties ousted the Communists in a re-run of the vote in July. They formed a pro-Western government, with Vlad Filat as prime minister. But the Communists won 48 seats – enough to prevent parliament electing a new president. With continuing stalemate between the two sides, analysts say new elections early in 2010 may become inevitable. (BBC Dec 7).

Money from emigrants play central role in Moldova´s economy

Moldova Posted on Sun, November 08, 2009 16:03:01

The new western-leaning government in Moldova faces many challenges in the southern European country. Increasing parts of the population are leaving in search of a better life. However, migration has developed into a central economic factor for Moldova. Last year, emigrants from Moldova transferred $2 billion to their home country, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). This was more than the entire national budget, IOM said. Read the whole article from Deutsche Welle here.

Carl Bildt leder EU-trojka till Moldavien Uppdrag: Rädda ett konkursbo

Moldova Posted on Fri, October 16, 2009 16:59:59

Utrikesminister Carl Bildt leder den 16 oktober ett besök av EU-trojkan till Moldavien. Syftet med besöket är att träffa företrädare för Moldaviens nya regering, bland annat premiärminister Vlad Filat och utrikesminister Iurie Leanca.

I programmet för besöket ingår även möten med talmannen i parlamentet Mihai Ghimpu och vice talmannen, Serafim Urechean. EU-delegationen avser även träffa ledaren för det största oppositionspartiet tillika förre presidenten, Vladimir Voronin, och ledaren för partiet Democratic Party of Moldova, Marian Lupu. I besöket deltar Hughues Mingarelli från EU-kommissionen (Deputy Director-General for External Relations) och EU:s särskilda sändebud för Moldavien, Kalman Mizsei. Det inkommande spanska ordförandeskapet är också representerat.

Läs Carl Bildts dagbok från Moldavien här.

European integration an absolute priority says new Moldovan PM

Moldova Posted on Sun, September 27, 2009 16:13:44

A new pro-Western government has taken office in Moldova after winning the approval of parliament. Vlad Filat (below) becomes prime minister of the country, which has been paralysed since an election in April sparked street riots amid claims of rigging. Read the whole BBC article here.

Moldova elects new pro-Europe parliamentary speaker

Moldova Posted on Tue, September 01, 2009 19:44:07

Moldova’s pro-western government coalition has elected its candidate to the post of parliament speaker after a walkout by Communist legislators. Mihai Ghimpu is the first non-Communist to hold the post since 2001.

Members of the For European Integration alliance unanimously elected Mihai Ghimpu to the post on Friday. The Communists, the only party outside of the alliance with seats in parliament, had walked out of the session after the alliance refused to delay the election. They have vowed to challenge the vote in court.

“This is proof of changes in the country that voters were waiting for,” Gimpu told news agency dpa. “I am confident that (the ruling coalition) will move Moldova dynamically on the path of integration into the family of European nations.”

The alliance also said Friday that it had decided to nominate Democratic Party leader Marian Lupu, who defected from the Communist party earlier in the year, for president. They’ll have to sway at least eight Communist deputies to get the 61 votes required to elect Lupu as president. Liberal Democratic Party head Vlad Filat was nominated for prime minister.

The coalition, which consists of the Liberal Democratic Party, Democratic Party, Liberal Party and the Our Moldova Party, won a majority in July elections, gaining 53 of the Parliament’s 101 seats. The Communist Party won the remaining 48. (Deutsche Welle, Aug 31)