Increased political and strategic visibility of Moldova within the EU civil protection community discussed by MIA leadership with EUPM Moldova

On April 1, 2024, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Adrian Efros, together with Colonel Oprea Alexandru, the head of the General Inspectorate of Emergency Situations (IGSU), had a meeting at the EUPM Moldova headquarters with Mr Cosmin Dinescu, the head of the European Union Partnership Mission in our country, and the EUPM’s crisis management team.

The meeting focused on enhancing cooperation in civil protection. Key discussion points included increasing Moldova’s integration into the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and bolstering the crisis management capacities of Moldovan authorities and the necessary investments in this area.

Minister Efros expressed gratitude for EUPM’s support and contribution in ensuring regional security, which remains a priority for Moldova. Highlighting Moldova’s recent accession to the EU Civil Protection Mechanism as pivotal for cooperation in disaster prevention, preparedness, and response, he emphasized the importance of boosting political and strategic visibility within the EU civil protection community and in Moldova to maximize the benefits of this cooperation.

Regarding training and capacity building, the Minister stressed the importance of investing in training activities related to disaster management, emergency prevention measures, first aid interventions and training for volunteer firefighters, as well as in training infrastructure and equipment to enhance the country’s preparedness and emergency response capacities.

A development opportunity addressed by the European partners involved organizing CEPOL training (European Union Agency for Training in Law Enforcement) and developing an e-learning platform for IGSU.

Another topic discussed was the promotion of civil protection and fire protection volunteering by identifying solutions and implementing various programs to encourage participation.

Minister Efros also expressed interest in participating in the 8th European Civil Protection Forum to be held in June 2024. The forum serves as an important platform for exchanging experience and fostering cooperation among institutions involved in EU civil protection policy.

At the end of the meeting, the parties reaffirmed their commitment to continuing efforts to enhance cooperation in civil protection.

Launched in May 2023 as a civilian mission under the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy, the EU Partnership Mission in Moldova offers advice at strategic level and operational support to strengthen Moldova’s internal security sector, contributing to the strengthening crisis management structures and to enhancing resilience to hybrid threats, including cybersecurity, and countering foreign information manipulation and interference.