Ministry of Internal Affairs and the International Committee of the Red Cross sign agreement to facilitate data exchange

Today, April 11, 2024, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Adrian Efros, and the head of the delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Moldova, Doris El Doueihy, signed the Agreement on data exchange between the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova (MIA).

The agreement lays out the rules and procedures for exchanging personal data between the ICRC and MIA. Its purpose is to enhance cooperation in managing and investigating cases of missing persons in humanitarian contexts, including armed conflict and other violent situations. Through this agreement, both parties recognize the importance of protecting personal data and respecting individual rights, including the right to privacy. They establish principles and procedures for processing and protecting such data to ensure compliance with legal and ethical standards.

During the meeting, Adrian Efros expressed gratitude for the humanitarian efforts of the International Committee of the Red Cross across Moldova, and emphasized our country’s steadfast commitment to providing international protection to those seeking refuge. The Minister also highlighted the coordinated actions to manage refugee flows from Ukraine with the support of international agencies.

“Compliance with institutional rules and policies for data protection, and respect for individuals’ fundamental rights are imperative in the processing of personal data. Data exchange must be done in a transparent and fair way, ensuring confidentiality and upholding fundamental humanitarian principles”, Adrian Efros stressed.

The officials expressed their readiness to enhance bilateral cooperation and ensure a legal and transparent framework for data exchange between institutions. This is crucial for conducting humanitarian activities and ensuring the protection of victims of conflicts and humanitarian crises.