On the 17th of October 2014, Olivier Weller (CNRS, Paris) accompanied by Marius Alexianu and Roxana-Gabriela Curcă (“Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi) were received in Chisinau by the new French ambassador to the Republic of Moldova, the honourable Pascal Vagogne, in order to formalise the coming collaboration with Moldovan institutions (the National History Museum, Moldova State University, National Archaeological Agency…).

This tripartite cooperation project (France, the Rep. of Moldova, Romania) set for 2016 will be funded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It aims to extend the cooperation undertaken since 2003 between France and Romania (PAI Brancusi-Egide, the MAE archaeological mission, the Ethnosal and EthnosalRo IDEI projects…) on the exploitation of salt in north-eastern Romania, be it from the archaeological, historical or ethnological point of view. This four-year (2016–2019) project involves numerous research and higher-education public institutions, and will serve as a training and research platform.

The presence of the three researchers members of the EthnosalRo project in Chisinau was occasioned by their participation to the 24th Scientific Meeting of the National Museum of History of Moldova.