A higher form of partnership with the North Atlantic Alliance is targeted for Moldova in 2024. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration (MFAEI) is the institution that will negotiate the provisions of the new partnership with NATO, as reported by Europa Liberă.
According to the cited source, at the end of last year, Moldova extended its Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) with NATO by one year, and from 2025 is set to transition to a new cooperation program called the Individually Tailored Partnership Programme (ITPP). This comes after NATO initiated a reform process for its partnerships, introducing the concept of “One partner, one plan,” which envisions incorporating multiple programs and cooperation tools of the Alliance with each partner state into a single framework.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration (MFAEI), the institution responsible for negotiating the provisions of the new partnership with NATO, told Europa Liberă that the parties will initiate consultations in 2024 and establish the new cooperation objectives for the years 2025-2028. The specific objectives are not clear yet, but according to MFAEI, they could be influenced by changes in the regional security context and the ongoing military conflict initiated by the Russian Federation in Ukraine.
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The purpose of the new program, as explained by representatives of the Ministry of Defense, is to create synergy in existing mechanisms and cooperation tools.
In a discussion with Europa Liberă, two NATO officials, who wished to remain anonymous, stated that the Alliance will intensify “political and practical support” to help Moldova become more resilient. Both agree that Moldova makes “valuable contributions” to Euro-Atlantic security and that NATO should support its integration into the EU.
One official explained that the document will bring an “upgrade” to the Moldova-NATO relationship, including “about ten” areas of cooperation (from cyber defense to disinformation and climate change) and will take into account the threats posed by the Russian Federation to Moldova.