Brussels, 30 September 2023 (TDI): A historic moment unfolds as Moldova formally enters the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. This collaboration, signed in the presence of Commissioner Janez Lenarčič, facilitates disaster assistance & signals a new era of cooperation.

In Chișinau, Commissioner Janez Lenarčič and Moldova’s Minister of Internal Affairs, Adrian Efros, seal this crucial agreement. Once Moldova gives its nod, this pact will become fully operational on 1 January 2024, marking a solid alliance.

The EUCPM thrives on cooperation, enabling nations to extend a hand of aid in times of crisis. Moldova’s first-hand experience is a testament.

Amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Moldova received substantial support, including 36 power generators for hospitals and EUR 48 million in humanitarian aid.

As a full member, Moldova can request and offer help during disasters, ensuring a more coordinated response in Europe and beyond.

Context on the EU Civil Protection Mechanism

The EU Civil Protection Mechanism, designed to boost cooperation among EU countries and ten participating states, concentrates on disaster prevention, readiness, and response.

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When a crisis overwhelms a nation, it can call for assistance through this mechanism, which has responded to 700 requests since its 2001 inception. Moldova’s generosity shines as it has provided refuge to over 100,000 Ukrainian citizens fleeing the conflict.

Eighteen EU Member States and Norway, through the EUCPM, have extended their hands. They offered shelter, medical aid, food, and energy supplies.

Given the enormity of the challenge, the Commission tapped into medical equipment stockpiles in Germany, Hungary, and the Netherlands.

In addition, the EU is investing in humanitarian projects in Moldova, supporting Ukrainian refugees, local host families, and vulnerable Moldovans.

An impressive EUR 48 million has been allocated for this purpose since the outset of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. This landmark agreement solidifies Moldova’s ties with the EU, fostering unity during adversity.

The EU Civil Protection Mechanism, with its proven record, welcomes Moldova, enhancing Europe’s collective crisis response capabilities.