Expert-Grup is a think-tank specialized in economic and public policy research. As an independent organization, Expert-Grup reflects the ideals of young intellectuals from Moldova, who set up the institution with the purpose of contributing to the country's development. We are positioning ourselves as a politically and ideologically neutral think-tank, and we do not represent any economic, corporate and political interests. Expert-Grup was established in 1998 and started the research activity in 2006.
The mission of the organization is to promote the public interest and to develop efficient and innovative solutions for the development of the Republic of Moldova.
In order to fulfil this mission, Expert-Grup provides the necessary creative and institutional environment, encouraging expression of free and non-trivial thinking, which makes us a leading source of unbiased economic analysis.
Our core activities are economic analysis and forecasts, as well as research and consultancy in public policies. We offer a wide range of analytical products and services, helping our beneficiaries to take decisions that will set Moldova to a sustainable development path. Our key competence lies in the ability to provide professional, high-quality and objective research and professional consultancy in such broad fields as:
- Investment environment
- Macroeconomic analyses and forecasts
- Financial stability
- Banking sector
- Political economy
- Public finance
- Human development and poverty reduction
- Foreign trade
- Financial markets
- Economy of European integration
- Economic analysis by sectors
- Regional and local economic development
- Energy and economy of environment
- Labour market and consumer behaviour
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During 2006–2016 Expert-Grup implemented over 100 consultancy, research and advocacy projects in various areas related to economic development and public policies. Over 100 experts, both affiliated and not affiliated to our institution, from Moldova and abroad, were involved in these projects. We worked with international institutions as World Bank, Moldova Soros Foundation, Eastern European Foundation, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Balkan Trust for Democracy, Black Sea Trust, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, UNDP Moldova, UNICEF, European Commission, Council of Europe, Open Society Foundation, Swiss Agency for International Cooperation, United Kingdom Department for International Development, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Since 2008, Expert-Grup has been member of the Policy Association for an Open Society – an international network of policy centers consisting of 56 think tanks from countries throughout Europe.
This study was commissioned to the EXPERT-GRUP think-tank by the UNDP-Moldova with the purpose to assess qualitatively, and to the extent possible, quantitatively, the impact of the global financial crisis and associated economic downturn on Moldovan local communities and to identify possible responses that local communities can adopt to cope with the crisis. The report identifies the main weaknesses that have made local communities in Moldova vulnerable to the financial crisis and explain how the crisis boils down to the community level. Authors have analyzed quantitatively the impact of the crisis on labor market. In a separate part, the report assesses the situation of the local budgets in the context of the crisis. Another section deals with the impact of the crisis on economic and social situation of the households and individuals. The report also evaluates to what extent local companies have been affected by the crisis. The final part makes general conclusions and some policy recommendations to the government, local public administration and all other stakeholders that can influence the development policy.
This study documents the phenomenon of the child poverty in Republic of Moldova, its origins, evolution and major causes, magnitude and implications. Analysis deals with both monetary and non-monetary sides of the phenomenon.
This document is available only in Romanian.
This short report focuses on the impact of migration on the situation and povertu of the Moldovan children left behind by migrating parents. It also finds that the total number of these children is large and the official figures underestimate the extent of this phenomenon. Three alternative methods are used to estimate the real magnitude of this phenomenon.
This paper deals with a number of child protection issues in the Republic of Moldova. It identifies and assesses main strengths and weaknesses of the child protection policies in the Republic of Moldova and analyzes the basic trends and needs in this area. Being explorative in character, the paper looks more at the substance rather than to the dimension of child issues and policy needs.
The 2009/2010 National Human Development Report provides a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the strong impact of climate variability and climate change, and extreme weather events on sectors vital to human development in Moldova: water resources, ecosystems, agriculture and energy, transport infrastructure and health. As ascertained in this report, the climate change challenges should be fully introduced into the national policy agenda, they should not be ignored and left for future generations. The development policies should also aim at advancing the interests of their intended beneficiaries – the people. Therefore, the human development perspective is one of the central features of this report as it tries to shed more light on the way climate change will affect Moldova’s development trends and agenda and, ultimately, the hopes and opportunities of Moldovan people.
Although, development and modernization of the Republic of Moldova has constantly been on the agenda of the public authorities, civil society and the international community, there has been limited progress in initiating public debates on trends and policies affecting welfare in a long run perspective. The State of Country Report 2007 contains a series of analytical studies that offer some solutions to the problems specific to the process of policy making and policy planning in the Republic of Moldova. The main goal of this collective intellectual effort is to provide those that have the power to decide on key policy issues with an analytical instrument that would facilitate the process of understanding the main social and economic trends and evaluate the available alternatives at their disposal to achieve a specific goal. Because of the combination of a sectorial approach with a global view of the process and perspectives of Moldova's development, this report is unique in its genre. Moreover, the survey conducted within the framework of the report sheds light on citizens' pessimistic view on the current state of affairs. In order to overcome this socially sub-optimal equilibrium, the authors point out to a series of challenges and opportunities which should be taken into account by the current and future generations of policy makers.
După ce în septembrie rata de creştere lunară a producţiei industriale a constituit 1,5%, în octombrie a fost înregistrată o scădere a producţiei de 10%. Această scădere esenţială a fost determinată în primul rând de scăderea cu 50% a producţiei de zahăr, ca urmare a dificultăţilor în aprovizionarea cu materie primă. Totodată, recesiunea a continuat într-o serie de alte ramuri importante, precum prelucrarea tutunului, producţia băuturilor alcoolice, fabricarea articolelor de îmbrăcăminte, fabricarea de maşini şi echipamente.
The most important legal documents, adopted during October-November are as follows: regulation for land consolidation, regulation and complimentary documents concerning the System for Animal Identification and Monitoring as well as Methodology for calculating the tariffs for passenger and luggage transportation. According to the first document, all land transactions that are conducted without public procurement bids, are not considered to be the object of land consolidation, which is a discriminatory approach.
There were few significant events registered in September concerning the evolution of the legal framework. The new law for preventing and fighting money laundering and financing terrorism stipulates that several reporting bodies should monitor attentively occurring transactions and inform corresponding authorities about suspicious economic partners. According to the new Energy Strategy privatization in this area will continue, while the law for state property administration and public property denationalization does not include energy facilities on the list of property subject to privatization.