Bolstering cooperation: Moldovan Minister of Internal Affairs Adrian Efros pays working visit to Budapest

The Minister of Internal Affairs, Adrian Efros, paid a working visit to Budapest on January 24 and 25, together with the Moldovan Prime Minister, Dorin Recean, and the Deputy Prime Minister, Vladimir Bolea.

During the visit, Minister Efros and the Minister of Interior of Hungary, Sándor Pintér, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, committing to developing cooperation in the field of home affairs by sharing best practices; participating in joint projects and programmes; leveraging on the opportunities for participation in European Union instruments, as well as other relevant international cooperation instruments, and to implementing annual action plans in fields related to home affairs.

During the visit, the Minister of Internal Affairs also met with Montserrat Marín López, Executive Director of CEPOL (European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training). The official expressed gratitude for the support provided for capacity building of MIA staff since 2012 when a Cooperation Agreement was signed between MIA’s “Stefan cel Mare” Academy and CEPOL. The Minister emphasized that negotiating and signing a new Memorandum of Understanding and extending the range and the timeframe of activities involving new approaches to staff training in line with the identified needs is a priority for the institution.

Later on, Minister Adrian Efros held talks with Scott Donovan, Director of ILEA Budapest (International Law Enforcement Academy – Budapest), to discuss the prospects for organizing training for building the management skills, the skills needed in investigation of crimes against children using IT, training in the field of policies to promote gender equality in law enforcement institutions, investigation of drug trafficking crimes and others.

Minister Efros also accompanied Prime Minister Recean to the meeting with the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. The meeting, organized at the invitation of Prime Minister Orbán, focused on the bilateral agenda between Moldova and Hungary, the European integration of our country and promotion of economic and investment priorities.