The Republic of Moldova is in the final stages of preparation for joining the most powerful international network for disaster prevention and response cooperation.
According to a decree signed by the President of the Republic of Moldova, negotiations have been initiated and the signing of the Agreement on the Participation of the Republic of Moldova in the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism (EU-CPM) has been approved.
In a statement issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI), at the end of April, the European Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, officially invited the Minister of Internal Affairs, Ana Revenco, to join the EU-CPM.
The signing of this agreement will bring greater security and safety to citizens and the environment in relation to natural and man-made disaster risks. It will enable Moldovan firefighters and rescuers to continuously enhance their capabilities and strategies for disaster prevention and response, working in collaboration with the other 36 participating countries of the EU-CPM during international rescue missions.
Coordinating civil protection activities with the EU-CPM community of countries will significantly reduce response time to emergencies and exceptional situations, minimize material damages, and create safer conditions for the country’s economic development.
The General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations, designated by the Ministry of Internal Affairs as the competent authority for implementing the provisions of this Agreement, will serve as the national focal point for the European Union.
President Maia Sandu’s decree came into effect on [Insert Date], upon its publication in the Official Gazette.
The Republic of Moldova’s accession to the EU-CPM marks an important step towards enhancing the country’s disaster management capabilities and strengthening cooperation with international partners in ensuring the safety and well-being of its citizens.