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Strengthen the capacity of the Moldovan Border Police in the scope of the criminal analysis, carrying out legal proceeding, conducting during intervention and giving first aid

Moldova lies on migration routes to Central and Western Europe, which are also routes for criminal groups engaged in drug smuggling and human trafficking. Furthermore, because Moldova is a direct neighbour to Romania, an EU member state, the implementation of EU standards for the protection and control of state borders and strengthening of the human capital of Moldova’s border guard is of particular importance from the standpoint of the security of the country itself and its neighbours.

Strengthening the institutional capacity of that entire uniformed service through the improvement of the competences of its individual functionaries can translate into effective border flow control and EU border protection. Only professionally prepared staff and high-quality equipment can guarantee adequate border protection management.

Since July 2012, the Border Guard of Moldova has been incorporated into the structures of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, in relation to which internal legislative action was undertaken (Border Guard Act and a series of regulations on the performance of border control, movement within the frontier zone and on border crossings). These regulations were drafted on the basis of the EU Member States’ best practices, and they specifically incorporated the conclusions from the EUBAM mission.

Since 28 April 2014, Moldova has been the first country of the Eastern Partnership to be granted visa-free cross-border travel. As it sought to fulfil the visa-free travel criteria, Moldova carried out a number of reforms that strengthened public safety and improved the ​​competencies of its public and government administration.

Every year, the Moldovan Border Guard undertakes a number of actions that aim to adjust their system to EU standards. Such actions correlate closely with the EU strategy for the implementation of an integrated border management system.

Strengthen the capacity of the Moldovan Border Police in the scope of the criminal analysis, carrying out legal proceeding, conducting during intervention and giving first aid

The project aimed to lend support to the development of Moldova’s Border Guard by raising the competences of its officers and equipping its training centre in Ungheni. The project provided a series of training courses divided into three thematic groups:

  1. The methods of combating cross-border crime, which included training in: the operation and use of analytical tools, the creation and use of databases, and the tactics and techniques of procedural measures taken in response to identified border crime;
  2. The provision of first aid as part of the professional duties of the border guard, which included training in: first aid during service and training for multiplier trainers.
  3. The use of intervention techniques as part of the professional duties of the border guard, which included two training courses: the basic level course in the use of intervention techniques and another course devoted to cooperation between patrol members during the course of an intervention. Also, the project provided for the procurement of training equipment, which strengthened the teaching capacity of the training centre in Ungheni.

Strengthen the capacity of the Moldovan Border Police in the scope of the criminal analysis, carrying out legal proceeding, conducting during intervention and giving first aid

The project included the procurement of teaching aids and equipment, which was provided to the training centre in Ungheni, and the provision of nine training courses, with a total of 74 participants, including:

  • four training courses delivered to 44 people within the first thematic group, i.e. the methods of combating cross-border crime;
  • three training courses delivered to 18 people within second thematic group, i.e. first aid as part of the professional duties of the border guard;
  • two training courses delivered to 12 people within the third thematic group, i.e. the use of intervention techniques as part of the professional duties of the border guard.