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Strengthening anticorruption activities in the Police and the Border Guard

One of the major problems in Moldova is corruption, resulting mainly from the low standard of living. Corruption touches every sphere of life and every social group. It is widespread in the health services, education (where school grades are often bought), at the highest levels of administration and in the police. According to Transparency International’s corruption perception index, Moldova is in 103rd place (out of 168) in the world as regards the frequency of corruption. It is estimated that each year Moldovans spend at least MDL 730 million on bribes, or about USD 20 per capita. Even though corruption is definitely perceived in a negative way, it is largely treated as an inseparable part of everyday life.

Until now, cooperation of the Polish police with their Moldovan partners has consisted in combating organised criminal drug activity and human trafficking. Due to the existing corruption hazard in the Moldovan Police and Border Guard, the decision was taken to organise joint anti-corruption training. A letter of intent was signed, in which both parties undertook to participate in a project designed to strengthen anti-corruption measures in these institutions.

Strengthening anticorruption activities in the Police and the Border Guard

The project dealt with combating and preventing corruption in the Moldovan Police and Border Guard. The Moldovan partners expressed great interest in anti-corruption training and in learning about the Polish experience in fighting corruption, particularly regarding the legislative, institutional and organisational changes implemented during Poland’s social and systemic transformation, accession to the European Union and adjustment of the Polish police to European requirements.

The project’s activities were directly addressed to functionaries of the institutions referred to above, who are engaged in counteracting and combating crime, including corruption, occurring in these services. In the first stage of the project (6-10 June), 50 functionaries were trained in Chisinau, followed by a study training visit for seven of those functionaries to Warsaw (26 September to 1 October).

Strengthening anticorruption activities in the Police and the Border Guard

In the implemented project, 31 Moldovan functionaries who are engaged in combating corruption in the police and border guard acquired new skills. At the same time, actions were taken and strengthened to analyse and reduce corruption in these services.