EUBAM donation of vehicles strengthens operational capacities of Moldova’s border agencies

        On 29 August 2019, EUBAM donated six vehicles to Moldova’s General Border Police Inspectorate and Customs Service during a ceremony held at the Headquarters of Moldova’s General Border Police Inspectorate. The event was attended by the Head of European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM), Slawomir Pichor, the Head of the Moldovan Border Police, Rosian Vasiloi and the acting Head of the Moldovan Customs Service, Iurie Ceban.

        The vehicles, formerly used by EUBAM, are capable of operating in all terrain conditions and will increase both services’ operational mobility and patrolling capabilities.

        Slawomir Pichor, Head of EUBAM, welcomed the handover pointing out that: “I am confident that these vehicles will be put to good use by both the General Border Police Inspectorate and Customs Service and will increase their ability to tackle cross-border crime in a wide range of conditions. Moreover, the reliability and performance of these cars together with their professional appearance will be not only supportive for the two services but will also give citizens the trust that the state authorities are properly equipped to protect them at any moment.”, he stated.

        In his acceptance of the three vehicles, Head of Moldova’s General Border Police Inspectorate, Rosian Vasiloi, mentioned that he always appreciated the cooperation with the EUBAM and expressed his wish that the assistance provided to the Moldovan Border Police will continue to bring concrete results: “We are grateful to the EUBAM mission for the important support it has delivered to our institution and I assure you of the correct use of these vehicles handed over today. Moreover, improving working conditions for border police officers and providing them with everything needed is an absolute priority both for myself and the Border Police team.”

        Receiving the vehicles, Acting Head of Moldova’s Customs Service, Iurie Ceban, conveyed his Service’s gratitude for the valuable methodological and technical assistance offered by EUBAM throughout the period of collaboration, expressing his conviction that “This donation will continue to help Moldovan Custom Service to efficiently prevent and combat the possible threats, by increasing our operational capacities within the surveillance missions, carried out by the specialized subdivisions of the Customs.”

        As part of its handover and sustainability strategy, EUBAM donated other fourteen vehicles to its Moldovan partners in June 2016 and October 2017 respectively. The Mission continues the good work with Border Police and Customs Officers, offering them technical support in modernizing the border management for the benefit of the people and the trade.