European Union provides support for strengthening the capacities of law enforcement agencies in the Republicof Moldova to increase citizens’ safety

Chisinau, June 17, 2024 – The signing ceremony of the new EU-funded project EU4Public Order took place today. The project is designed to strengthen the capacity of the public order forces within the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of the Republic of Moldova, enabling the institutions to provide services at the highest level, in line with European Union practices. The project will support the MIA law enforcement giving special attention to the General Inspectorate of Carabinieri (IGC) in its tasks related to public security and order. It covers both the prevention and the fight against crime, while advancing human rights.

The €2,000,000 project, to be implemented over the next three years, aims to strengthen the accountability, transparency and professionalism of the public order forces enhancing technical and management capabilities for delivery and support of the digitisation of key processes for resource management.

“This project is not just an initiative – it is a manifestation of our firm commitment to structural reforms, transparency and professionalism. Through the strategic partnership with the European Union and the support provided by Arma dei Carabinieri and Italian experts, we aim to strengthen technical capabilities, modernise the digital infrastructure and improve the efficiency of our services for citizens,” stated Minister of Internal Affairs Adrian Efros.

“With our new project, we aim at enhancing the institutional and operational capacities of law enforcement forces in the Republic of Moldova in public security and public order, giving a special focus on Moldovan Carabinieri forces while advancing further for human rights.”, declared Jānis Mažeiks, Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova.

According to the Ambassador of the Republic of Italy to the Republic of Moldova, Lorenzo Tomassoni, the project aims to contribute to further capacity building of IGC for building rule of law and protecting human rights, noting that, “It is important for Moldova, which at this moment is facing threats, both internal and external”.

The components of the EU4Public Order project aim to support the implementation of the “National Strategy for Public Order and Security”. Its activities will include training and consultancy, as well as upgrading the digital equipment.

Background information

The EU4Public Order project, funded by the European Union, will be implemented by the Arma dei Carabinieri. The project, with a total budget of €2 million, will start in July 2024 and will be implemented over three years. The project aims to increase the professionalism and performance of public order institutions in Moldova to the best EU standards, with a focus on public order and security. The project will also contribute to the further promotion of human rights, privacy and data protection, gender equality in the provision of security services for the benefit of citizens.