The creation and development of micro-enterprises in the non-agricultural sector in Moldova
Keywords:micro-enterprises, investments, rural economy, grants, beneficiaries
The aim of this study is to analyse the encouraging of the business initiatives promoted by young people and women through accessing EAFRD grants through EAFRD, meant to promote the setting up of micro-enterprises and the development of the already existing ones in the non-agricultural sector of Moldova. According to the National Plan for Rural Development, the financing of these investments was made through Measure 312, which was included in Axis III - Improving the quality of life in rural areas and the diversification of the rural economy - and which had the general aim of supporting the sustainable development of rural economy in order to increase the number of jobs and additional income. The eligible rural areas according to Axis III and implicitly to this measure included all rural settlements as administrative units, together with their component villages, while peri-urban villages were not eligible. This analysis revealed numerous low living standard localities, in most cases their residents practicing a subsistence farming, working for their own household and not developing profit generating activities.