Spring Conference 2019 – Chisinau

This spring, the annual European Young Bar Association (EYBA) Spring Conference comes to Chisinau, the Republic of Moldova, from Thursday, April 4th until Sunday, April 7th 2019. The theme of the event will be “The harmonization and appropriation of the national legislation with the European Community Acquis”.

This years edition will be special since it is the first time that the Conference will be held in Chisinau, bringing together young lawyers from Western and Eastern European countries and bridge the network and foster future collaboration.

This event is sponsored by the United States of America Embassy in Chisinau and by the European Union within its ‘Eastern Partnership Civil Society Facility – Regional Action’ Project


Chisinau is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Moldova, a small country landlocked between Romania and Ukraine. Moldova is often characterized as “off the beaten track tourist destinations”, being qualified as “rich in culture and viticulture”. Chisinau is easily accessible from most European cities and is perfect for a weekend city trip.


Thursday, April 4th
schedule 19:00 – 22:00
Welcome reception with drinks and snacks

placeLocation : Muzzette Karaoke & Café
49A Tighina Street, Chisinau, MD-2001
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Friday, April 5th
placeLocation : Summit Events, Conference Room “Rose”,
Address: 49/3 Tighina Street, ground floor, Chisinau, MD-2001

schedule 08:45 – 09:15
Registration of the participants, Welcome Coffe

schedule 09:15 – 09:45
Welcome and opening remarks

Speakers (TBC) :
European Young Bar Association and Moldovan Bar Young Lawyers Association Embassy of the United States of America in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova Delegation of the European Union in the Republic of Moldova

schedule 09:45 – 11:15
Conference“Policy making, strategic planning and implementation of the goals on harmonization and appropriation of the national laws with European Community Acquis. Regional and national experience.”

Alexandru Savva, Lawyer and financial expert, CEO at the Central Depositary of Securities, Moldova
Speaker TBC, Expert from the National Bank of Moldova
Simon Lafrance, Lawyer at HSBC, vice-president of EYBA, Great Britain
Mihai Sotchi, Expert from the Agency for Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism, Moldova
Alex Stănescu, Lawyer specialized in arbitration and financial services, Romania

schedule 13:30 – 14:30
Lunch. Networking

schedule 14:30 – 15:45
Conference“Reforms on harmonization and appropriation of the civil and commercial legislation. Regional and national experience”

Octavian Cazac, Lawyer, Partner at Turcan Cazac Law Firm, member of the working group for drafting of the Civil Code of Moldova
Pierre-Philippe Hendrickx, lawyer, Board member of the Belgium Bar, member of the European Association of Lawyers (AEA-EAL), Belgium
Jekaterina Macuka, Lawyer and International Expert on Data Protection, chaired the work of DAPIX in drafting the GDPR, Latvia
Vladimir Palamarciuc, Lawyer and researcher specialized in commercial law, monetary obligations and insolvency, Moldova

schedule 15:45 – 17:00
Free time

schedule 17:15
Departure to the Cricova WineryGroup transportation will be organized

schedule 18:00 – 23:00
Excursion at Cricova Winery

National Cultural Complex and one of the largest wineries in Moldova – followed by wine tasting and traditional Moldova snacks.

Saturday, April 6th
placeLocation : Jolly Alon Hotel
Address: 37 Maria Cebotari Street, Chisinau

schedule 09:30 – 10:00
Registration. Welcome Coffe

schedule10:00 – 11:00
EYBA Board Meeting / EYBA General Meeting (TBC)

schedule 11:00 – 12:00
Conference“Secured Transactions and Financing under the Cape Town Convention and its Protocols, with emphasis on the future Protocol on Mining, Agricultural, and Construction Equipment.”

William Brydie Watson, Legal adviser at International Institute for the Unification of Private

schedule 12:00 – 13:00
Conference“Wine industry and challenges of the related business development. Regional and national perspective.”

Vitalie Bumacov, Expert in economy and wine industry, manager of a wine store in center of

schedule 13:00 – 14:00

schedule 14:00 – 16:00
Sightseeing and/or visit to one of the national museums

schedule 16:00 – 19:00
Free time

schedule 19:00
Gala Dinner of the EYBA Spring Conference

placeLocation : Villa Garden
Address: Decebal Boulevard, 16, Chisinau
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Sunday, April 7th
schedule 11:30 – 13:30

placeLocation : Cafe Delice d’Ange
Address: 31 August 1989 Street, 117/2, Chisinau

Organizing committee

Vladimir Palamarciuc

Organizing Committee MYLA & Speaker

Of Counsel Attorney specialized in business law. Since 2014 was involved in drafting the Civil Code and lawyer profession reforms, performed legal research at UNIDROIT and Institute of East European Law and serves as expert for CoE HELP Program.

Olga Diaconu

Organizing Committee

Coordinator of the conference.

Guillaume Tatoueix

President of EYBA

Guillaume is a qualified avocat in South of the France and President of the European Young Bar Association.

Aliona Barbascumpa

Member of the

Organizing Committee

Anna Indoitu

Member of the

Organizing Committee

Director of INVENTO

Marina Bzovii

Member of the

Organizing Committee


Simon Lafrance


Lawyer at HSBC bank.
He is also Vice President of the European Young Bar Association.

Octavian Cazac


Partner at Turcan Cazac Law Firm, is recommended as a Band 1 lawyer by Chambers Global. Since 2014 is extensively involved in reforming Moldova’s private laws and in particular the Moldovan Civil Code.

Iwona Wrońska


Attorney and researcher specialized in international law. Has extensive experience on European standards in administration of justice and represents the European Lawyers Association (AEA-EAL).

Alexandru Savva


CEO of the Central Securities Depository. Lawyer and financial sector expert with extensive regulatory reform experience. Over the previous ten years acted as external consultant at various USAID and World Bank programs.

Jekaterina Macuka


Lawyer and International Expert on Data Protection. Under her leadership
the EU Council Working Party on Information Exchange and Data Protection (DAPIX)
elaborated the draft text of GDPR and since 2017 she serves as EU Resident Twinning project
adviser for the Moldova National Centre for Data Protection.

Inguss Kalnins


Adviser to the President of the Constitutional Court of Latvia. Expert with
extensive experience on EU law and reformation of justice system and between 2011-2016 he
served as Agent of the Latvian Government to the European Court of Justice.


Thanks to our sponsors for making this event

Travel & Accommodation – Instructions & Tips

Chisinau International Airport, Republic of Moldova

Chisinau International Airport is Moldova’s main international airport, located 13 km southeast of the centre of Chisinau, the capital city. Please check www.airport.md/homepage-en/ for flight information.

Getting to and from the airport

By taxi. A taxi from the airport to the centre of Chisinau costs approximately 100 MDL (about 6 Euro).  We highly recommend using official taxi operators or taxi apps, instead of taking taxis from the street.

Popular taxi services: 14999, 14222, 14499, 14006 and others.

Taxi apps: iTaxi Center, Yandex Taxi, Taxi Chisinau.

By bus/minibus. A shuttle bus runs from the airport to the city centre every 15 minutes at the price of 3 MDL (about 0,20 Euro) per trip.

By trolleybus. Trolleybuses run from the airport to the city centre every 25-30 minutes between 6AM and 11PM. A  trolleybus trip costs 2 MDL (about 0.15 Euro).

But you can go from:

From Iasi, Romania

Iasi city is located in Romania, on the western border of the Republic of Moldova, about 150 km from Chisinau.

Iasi International Airport is an international airport located near Iasi, Romania, 8 km east of the city centre. Please check https://www.aeroport-iasi.ro/ for flight information.

You can travel from Iasi to Chisinau by bus. It takes about 4 hours and costs about 8 Euro. Please find the schedule here https://autogara.md/index.html#.

For information about trains running from Iasi – Chisinau, please check online the booking service https://on.railway.md:10000/?lang=en. The journey from Iasi by train takes around 6 hours and costs about 10 Euro for the 1st class.

From Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest, the capital of Romania is located about 450 km from Chisinau.

Bucharest Henri Coanda International Airport is located in Otopeni, 16.5 km north of Bucharest city centre. Please check  http://www.bucharestairports.ro/en for flight information.

Buses from Bucharest to Chisinau run every hour. The journey takes about 8 hours and costs about 20 Euro. You can find the schedule online https://autogara.md/index.html#.

There are also a lot of mini-buses running from Bucharest Airport to Chisinau. The trip takes about 8 hours and costs about 20 Euro. Here you can book the shuttle to Chisinau online http://www.mirtrans-express.com/index.php/en/.

For the trains running from Bucharest to Chisinau, please check the online booking service https://on.railway.md:10000/?lang=en. The journey from Bucharest by train takes 14 hours and costs about 30 Euro for the 1st class.

From Odessa, Ukraine

Odessa International Airport is about 180 km from Chisinau. Please check http://www.odessa.aero/en for flight information.

A taxi from Odessa to Chisinau costs about 100 Euro.

A bus trip from Odessa to Chisinau costs between 4 and 10 Euro. For information on the schedule, please check http://ticket.bus.com.ua

There is a train running from Odessa to Chisinau on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. A train trip from Odessa to Chisinau takes 4 hours and costs about 8 Euro. You can book tickets online https://on.railway.md:10000/?lang=en.

Where to stay in Chisinau

Recommended hotels:

  1. Regency Hotel https://regency.md/
  2. City Park Hotel http://citypark.md/?lang=en
  3. Jazz Hotel http://www.jazz-hotel.md/
  4. Savoy Hotel https://www.savoy.md/
  5. Zentrum ApartHotel http://zentrum.md/en/

More pricy options:

  1. Radisson Blue Leogrand Hotel https://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotels/moldova
  2. Club Royal Park Hotel https://clubroyalpark.md/?lang=en
  3. Jolly Alon Hotel http://jolly-alon.hotel-chisinau.com/en/



EYBA Members 

Full Conference – 180 € (150€ early Bird)

Social events Only – 140 € (120€ early Bird)

Gala Dinner – 110€ (90€ early Bird)

NON-EYBA Members

Full Conference – 210 € (170€ early Bird)

Social events Only – 160 € (130€ early Bird)

Gala Dinner – 130€ (110€ early Bird)