It is with great sorrow and profound sadness that we inform you that our colleague, Victor Cotruta, in charge of projects in Eastern Europe with our team in Chisinau, passed away yesterday, September 14th.

Victor will remain in our memory as a great colleague, motivated and committed to its work which he’s always carried on with a rare enthusiasm. But Victor was even a better person, goodhearted, helpful, and a real friend of many of us also outside work.

Victor had an experience of over 25 years working in the field of project management and coordination, with a particular focus on environment, participation and education.

He held a PhD in statistics and was Professor at the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova, but his passion was the third sector, thus since 2009 when the Eastern Partnership (EaP) was launched, he was deeply involved in activities related to the promotion of the initiative, managing projects implemented in Moldova and in other EaP partner countries.

Before joining the team, he was already a partner of ALDA, through his own organisation in Moldova, working together with ALDA for the establishment of the Civil Society Forum for Eastern Partnership, where Victor and Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Secretary General, were members of the Steering Committee for the first years.

We all were lucky enough to work with Victor and got a chance to see what a great man he was. We will terribly miss him.

Our Secretary General will attend the funerals in Chisinau with our colleagues, tomorrow.

In his memory, ALDA is announcing a day of mourning, on Monday September 20th, when all offices will be closed for a time of reflection in our network, with a moment of commemoration. More information will be sent to all colleagues, friends, and partners.

Our deepest sympathies to its family, his close colleagues in our Chisinau office, friends and to all who knew and loved him.

From

Oriano Otocan, President of ALDA; 

Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA; 

The whole Staff of ALDA; 

the Governing Board of ALDA

The colleagues Delegates of the LDAs