The first tourism complex with a Gagauzian flavour was launched on 6 November 2018 in Congaz village, in the Comrat district of the Republic of Moldova.
To develop and promote this complex, the owner benefited from mentoring and a grant of €18,500 from the EU through its “Support for agriculture and rural development in ATU Gagauzia and Taraclia district” (SARD) programme, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme in Moldova.
Besides four traditional “peasants’ houses”, with walls made of clay and roofs made of reed, the ethno-tourism complex named “Gagauz Sofrasi” hosts a museum, a cellar, a national-cuisine restaurant complete with terrace, a small hotel and an events hall.
“Environment, energy and infrastructure related projects help safeguard the health and quality of life of people,” said Gintautas Baranauskas, Deputy Head of Operations of the the EU Delegation to the Republic of Moldova, at the opening event. “By providing support for implementation of projects in these sector[s], the European Union is contributing not only to better living conditions, but also to a better future for the generations to come.”
The EU-funded SARD programme aims to foster collaboration between central and local authorities, as well as among regional organisations from Gagauzia and Taraclia districts, so as to contribute to the social and economic development of the region, and of the Republic of Moldova in general.
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