European Union supports modernization of Moldova's national security, defence sector
12:25 | 09.09.2023 Category: Official
Chisinau, 9 September /MOLDPRES/ - Moldova’s cooperation with the European Union in the security and defence sector, as well as the regional security situation, worsened by Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine, have been discussed at a meeting between Prime Minister Dorin Recean and Chairman of the European Union Military Committee Robert Brieger, on a visit to Moldova, the government’s communication and protocol department reported.
The PM appreciated the assistance provided to Moldova by the European Union member states in the process of reformation of the national defence sector. In particular, Prime Minister Dorin Recean referred to the European Peace Facility (EPF), through which EU contributes to the National Army’s modernization and enhancing Moldova’s resilience to the new security challenges.
Also, the prime minister said that the authorities stayed focused on the consolidation of the country’s defence capacities. In this respect, the authorities increased the budget for the defence sector and boosted the presence of Moldovan servicemen in peacekeeping operations and Moldova became a security provider. ‘’Moldova must be part of the European security architecture and can bring a value added on this segment. At the same time, the strengthening of the army at the highest standards is a vital component also in the capacity of the authorities to defend the interests of our citizens,’’ Dorin Recean noted.
For his part, General Robert Brieger reiterated the European Union’s support for enhancing the professionalism of the military from Moldova and transforming the defence institution. He emphasized that, based on the lessons learned and the current needs, the Moldova-EU cooperation would be fostered.