Moldovan Minister of Internal Affairs held bilateral meetings with Lithuanian and Finnish Ministers of Internal Affairs

Brussels, June 4, 2024 – As part of the European Civil Protection Forum, the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova, Adrian Efros, and the Head of the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (IGSU), Colonel Alexandru Oprea, had bilateral meetings with the Minister of Internal Affairs of Lithuania, Agnė Bilotaitė, and the Minister of Internal Affairs of Finland, Mari Rantanen.

During the meeting with the Lithuanian official, Minister Efros underlined Lithuania’s crucial support in dealing with the refugee crisis and emerging security challenges, as Lithuania was the first country to officially launch the resettlement of Ukrainian refugees in Moldova.

The officials discussed the signing of a Letter of Intent in Vilnius aimed to promote international cooperation in the field of fire safety, emergency management and civil protection. The need to strengthen bilateral cooperation in areas such as migration, digitalization, internal security and the fight against corruption was also stressed.

Minister Adrian Efros highlighted the importance of exchanging good practices in state border surveillance and control, aviation security and CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) control. He also expressed interest in the Lithuanian experience in health care for employees in the internal affairs system and underlined the willingness to apply together to EU instruments and initiatives.

The discussion with the Finnish Minister of Internal Affairs, Mari Rantanen, highlighted the positive developments in bilateral relations and the openness to strengthen cooperation in the field of home affairs.

Improving cooperation by strengthening the capacities of the Moldovan Ministry of Internal Affairs, as well as was Finland’s active role in the European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) and the cooperation with the Moldovan General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations were also discussed.

The officials agreed to continue cooperation on home affairs and jointly contribute to the development of effective civil protection and disaster risk management mechanisms.