The Republic of Moldova today becomes the third country from the Eastern Neighbourhood to sign a civil protection cooperation Administrative Arrangement between the Emergency Situations Service of its Ministry of Internal Affairs and the European Commission.
The Commission already has the same arrangements with Russia and Ukraine. Moldova will benefit from sharing the experiences of the European Union in the field of disaster prevention and preparedness. The agreement will also enable Moldova to become better prepared to work with the EU's civil protection structures during emergencies.
Moldova faces recurring risks, especially from flooding. The European Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated on several occasions to assist the country in recent years.
‘We are satisfied with the high level of cooperation and coordination achieved with our Moldovan counterparts during the recent floods in the country (July-August, 2010),’ said Kristalina Georgieva. ‘We are eager to continue this cooperation and strengthen the dialogue and an Administrative Arrangement is a significant way to do it.’
Moldova already participates in the EU's PPRD East Programme (Prevention Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-Made Disasters), which enhances cooperation on civil protection matters. The programme includes training and exercises for national experts on how to work with the Community Civil Protection Mechanism.