Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva is paying her first visit to Chisinau today and tomorrow, aiming to further deepen EU-Moldova cooperation in civil protection.
‘Disasters are multiplying in number and severity. No country can cope with the growing risks by itself and cooperation is the most efficient and cost-effective way to protect our citizens and avoid large-scale damage. As closely cooperating neighbours, the European Union and Moldova have already made the first joint steps in disaster prevention and response,’ the Commissioner underlined.
On Monday she will meet Prime Minister Vladimir Filat and Minister of Interior Dorin Recean to discuss future cooperation as well as challenges arising from the recent droughts in Moldova. The Commissioner will open the annual meeting of the ‘Conference of the Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership’ in Chisinau. She will also give a public lecture at the Academy for European Studies.
The European Commission and the Emergency Situations Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova recently signed an Administrative Arrangement on cooperation in civil protection. Over the next two years, it envisages participation in joint training sessions and workshops on civil protection and the sharing of experience on disaster response.
Moldova has been a beneficiary of European solidarity in civil protection on three occasions – during the floods in 2008 and 2010, and during the gas crisis in 2009. In these emergencies the country received support through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.