Prague, 12 July 2022 (TDI): The Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova, Ana Revenco, and the European Union (EU) Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson launched the EU Support Hub for Moldova.

On Monday, an agreement was signed by both leaders for the launch of the EU support hub for Internal Security, and Border Management in Moldova.

Therefore, the EU support hub will support cooperation regarding internal security issues between the EU, its Member States, and its Agencies, and Moldova.

It will be established in Chisinau as well as coordinated by the Delegation of the EU to Moldova.

Remarks on the launch of the EU Support Hub for Moldova

Johansson stated, “Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine is a challenge to all of us and has a significant impact on our internal security. With the launch of the EU Support Hub for Internal Security and Border Management in Moldova, we take the cooperation with our Moldovan partners to the next level to address related security threats. The hub will enhance our joint operational action with Moldova to address the challenges posed by organised crime, including the trafficking of firearms or trafficking in human beings. It will also help Moldova to participate in our EU tools and instruments on internal security.”

The Vice-President for Promoting our European way of Life, Margaritis Schinas said, “Today we are taking a tangible step to further enhance the security partnership between the EU and the Republic of Moldova, facilitating cooperation and operational action to address shared security threats. The EU Support Hub will serve as a gateway for the Moldovan authorities to access EU cooperation and support mechanisms and is testament to our strong commitment to an ever closer partnership.”

The objectives of the Support Hub 

Firstly, it will be coordinating the support that the EU and its Member States provide to Moldova in strengthening law enforcement and border management.

Secondly, it will offer a one-stop-shop for Moldovan authorities providing the comprehensive toolbox of support measures that the EU and its Member States provide to Moldova concerning internal security and border management.

Thirdly, it will support mechanisms that exist for internal security and border management. In a notable manner, the support that Europol provides of information sharing, analysis.

As well as operational cooperation that Frontex and EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) provide on border management. Also, on the detection of firearms trafficking and countering trafficking in human beings.

Together with the operational support through the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats (EMPACT).

Lastly, the objective of the EU Support Hub will be on identifying the needs of the Moldovan authorities.

Thus, in terms of capacity building for law enforcement and border management, and supporting the programming of EU financing instruments.