Advancing security and capacity: EU4Security Moldova Project kick-off

The Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) system will enhance its operational law enforcement capabilities and provide higher quality services in security, thanks to the launch of the EU4Security Moldova project.

This initiative, funded by the European Commission and implemented by the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL), aims to address the needs outlined in MIA’s sector programme for education, integrity and digitization. The project will provide funding to equip the Moldovan police with cutting-edge technology to combat cybercrime and firearms trafficking, while also facilitating training and capacity-building for MIA staff.

In her opening statement, the European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson emphasized the significance of EU4Security Moldova in enhancing collective security and ensuring safety of citizens. “It will contribute to the fight against firearms trafficking, which is a growing threat in Moldova, and against cybercrime, a major challenge of today. Overall, the project is an important step in our journey towards a common European future and Moldova’s accession to the European Union”, the European Commissioner added.

Minister of Internal Affairs Adrian Efros welcomed the launch of the EU4Security Moldova project as a testament to the shared commitment to build a safer, more resilient and inclusive future. He expressed confidence that cooperation will yield a tangible and positive impact on Moldova’s security landscape. “The Ministry of Internal Affairs is standing side by side with our security colleagues in Europe, and today’s exchange of views is very important in strengthening cooperation and furtherance of future actions”, he added.

During the project kick-off event, EU Ambassador to Moldova Janis Mazeiks reiterated the EU’s dedication to support Moldova’s European integration efforts: “We have committed to ensure that more Moldovan officials benefit from learning opportunities. It is essential to facilitate their capacity building and to develop police forces that are close to and serve the citizens, in line with the EU acquis. This project is a sign of the EU’s unwavering commitment to support Moldova in achieving its European aspirations, strengthening its security and building its resilience.”

“With this project, we aim to help our Moldovan counterparts to stay ahead of crime. CEPOL is ready to step up efforts to strengthen the capacity of MIA’s staff so that it can better respond to the current and future security threats affecting the country,” said Alexandru Niculiță, Head of CEPOL’s International Cooperation Directorate.

CEPOL is the agency of the European Union dedicated to develop, implement and coordinate training for law enforcement officials. It facilitates the prevention and fight against serious and organized crime, terrorism and emerging security threats by facilitating and strengthening cross-border cooperation through training. Through international cooperation projects with non-EU countries, CEPOL builds trusted and equal partnerships that contribute to creating a strong European security ecosystem.

For further information, please visit https://www.cepol.europa.eu/international-cooperation.