On May 10, the Europe Village in the Great National Assembly Square, in central Chisinau, was filled in with hundreds of festival visitors, in spite of the grim weather. The venue was jam-packed with political debates, live music and other cultural activities. This was also where European embassies showcased their countries and EU funded projects presented their work in Moldova. EUBAM and its partners were also there.
Rain or no rain, throughout the day there was a constant stream of people at the EUBAM stand. Most of the visitors wanted to learn more about the mission and European Union. Many of the young visitors remembered the Mission from university lectures EUBAM offers at ASEM and ULIM, local universities.
The visa liberalization to EU has increased people’s interest in travelling. Moldovan border police used the opportunity to presented the latest travel documents, including the new biometric passports that meet the current international standards. Mobile document readers and equipment detecting forged travel documents also proved to be a very popular festival attraction. For children, however, the biggest show-stopper was undoubtedly the service dogs of the customs.
Every year, Europe Day celebrates the European unity and peace. The Europe Village raising awareness on EU in Moldova was organized for the sixth time.