Safeguarding the borders and communities of the Republic of Moldova, through effective internal affairs mechanisms, promoted at the Munich Security Conference

Minister of Internal Affairs Ana Revenco participated, jointly with President Maia Sandu, on Februarie 17-19 at the 59thMunich Security Conference in Germany.

During the three days, the Minister held several bilateral meetings in the framework of which the paradigm shift in the field of internal affairs was discussed with colleagues and leaders of international organizations, given the immediate vicinity of our country to the military aggression in Ukraine.

At a time of challenges and hybrid threats, Ana Revenco was keen to bring to the attention of participants at the 17th Transatlantic Forum of the CSU the need to create resilient collaborative formats for border surveillance and strategic security foresight. The Minister also spoke about the threats of the hybrid war and strategies to tackle it during two round tables attended on the first day of the Conference.

The importance of the operationalization of the EU Security HUB in Chisinau was reviewed jointly with EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson and Finnish Minister for European Affairs, Tytti Tuppurainen, given the fact that the Republic of Moldova has become a security producer state for the European area. The same topic was also discussed with Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Francois Bausch and with European Commissioner, Johannes Hahn.

Discussions focused on policies to address integrated security with all defence, intelligence and internal affairs capabilities during the meeting with NATO Deputy Secretary General, Mircea Geoana.

The Minister of Internal Affairs also met with Secretary General of Interpol, Jürgen Stock with whom she discussed the possibilities of enhancing technical capacity of the INTERPOL systems in Moldova. The cybersecurity risks to which our country is exposed and ways to improve our defence systems were discussed with Director General Cyber/IT at the German Ministry of Defence, Michael Vetter.

The European officials have agreed that the Republic of Moldova is currently positioned at the core of the European Union’s security ecosystem and have reiterated their openness to close cooperation in the field of internal affairs. Currently, every EU state, but not only that, every organisation is in the process of adjusting its operating models in the field of security on all dimensions – social, economic, cyber and technological.

The Munich Security Conference is the most important transatlantic and international security forum promoting peaceful conflict resolution and global cooperation. This year’s event brought together more than 45 heads of state and government from around the world and more than 100 Ministers and experts in the fields of internal affairs and security.