The Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) helps improve capabilities on the Acquis Communautaire

Several employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the General Inspectorate of Police have participated in a two-day conference ‘Strategic planning and management in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova in the context of EU integration’.

The activity is part of the project ‘Strengthening Security Sector Governance in the Republic of Moldova’ (2023 – 2025), funded by Sweden and implemented by the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF).

During two days, participants had the opportunity to exchange experiences with representatives of the European law enforcement institutions from Belgrade, Serbia, and Ljubljana, Slovenia, and to discuss strategic management, results and challenges they are currently facing.

Experts presented various examples and approaches for strengthening and building strategic planning and management capacities to representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The MIA’s employees have also received a series of specific recommendations on regulatory frameworks and other related issues. The parties thus finally defined together a result-oriented action plan in line with the needs of the institution.

Only a well-implemented strategy can achieve the desired results. The team of the Ministry of Internal Affairs has professionals, who are not only willing and able to receive information and knowledge, but are the ones who can share the experience gained, especially over the last 15 months, as they are and have been involved in managing multiple crises’ said State Secretary of the Ministry, Daniella Misail-Nichitin.

The Swedish side is very happy to develop strategic communication capabilities. We hope that, through cooperation, you will learn from the lessons learned by the European Union’ said Karin Borovic, Head of Development cooperation section at the Embassy of Sweden in Chisinau.

Among those presented during the first day were: the working structure of the Justice and Home Affairs Council, the preparatory bodies of the JHA Council in the field of home affairs and the importance of cooperation between justice and home affairs within the preparatory bodies, the need to involve European states in the management process and the importance of permanent dialogue with the Member States.

The focus of the second day of the Conference was on the current situation, strategic planning at the level of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the context of the European integration, current challenges and needs.

Conclusions from the experts were presented on the following topics:

  • Enhancing the MIA’s capacities in the field of European affairs;

  • Developing negotiation and external advocacy skills;

  • Preparing MIA’ employees for EU screening;

  • Developing skills in planning the accession process and reporting to the EU;

  • Coordinating EU financial assistance during the accession process;

  • Strengthening capacities for absorption and management of the EU funds;

  • Others.

The Conference contributes to the second pillar of the project, focused on strengthening the strategic and operational capacities of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and the General Police Inspectorate (GPI) to implement modern processes and build integrity in line with EU practices and standards.