Moldova: Support to the Police Reform in the Republic of Moldova

EU Technical Assistance

Team Leader: Alexius Schubert
Responsible at the IRZ: Teresa Thalhammer, Trime Ahmeti

The IRZ has been involved since October 2018 in the implementation of the “Support to the Police Reform in the Republic of Moldova” project as a partner in a consortium led by the Belgian firm B&S. The project is scheduled to last 38 months and has a budget of EUR 2.7 million. It is part of the EU’s efforts to bring the work of police in Moldova in line with EU or international standards. To achieve this, the EU has introduced a Budget Support Programme for police reform and this new project should now help to achieve its objectives. The main focus should be on the cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Police Headquarters as the beneficiary authorities. The project is partly related to the “Support to the Pre-Trial Investigation, Prosecution and Defence Set-Up” project [insert LINK], which was led by the IRZ until the beginning of 2017. The project is divided into six components. 

Component 1

Component 1 is aimed at increasing the efficiency, transparency and professionalism of the police, in particular by helping the police authorities to modernise administrative procedures, develop professional career regulations and a standard, transparent selection and promotion procedure, as well as increasing the number of female police officers. Improved training facilities for police officers also comes under this component. 

Component 2

The second component is about ensuring that the actual police enforcement work is fair, efficient and effective, guaranteeing in particular its legitimacy and lawfulness. This covers the lawful exercise and proper conditions of police custody, as well as the structured organisation of decentralised, local police work, in order to gain more trust and respect in the police from the general population. The skills and integrity of the traffic police should also be improved and their susceptibility to corruption should be systematically tackled. 

Component 3

Component 3 focusses on organised and cross-border crime. Police authorities require the appropriate training and equipment to combat these crimes, as well as improved cooperation between authorities.

Component 4

The fourth component deals with the introduction of a zero tolerance policy with regard to corruption within police forces. 

Components 5 and 6

Components 5 and 6 primarily address the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Police Headquarters, which will receive support for their strategic PR and educational work, as well as for the improvement of their internal planning and budgeting processes and procurement.

Funded by the European Union

Moldova: Capacity Building of the National Centre for Personal Data Protection of the Republic of Moldova

Jekaterina Macuka, Resident Twinning Advisor; Laila Medina, Member State Junior Project Leader; Lukas Gundermann, Member State Project Leader (from left to right)
Jekaterina Macuka, Resident Twinning Advisor; Laila Medina, Member State Junior Project Leader; Lukas Gundermann, Member State Project Leader (from left to right)

EU Twinning

Project leader: Lukas Gundermann
Junior Project leader: Laila Medina
RTA: Jekaterina Macuka
Responsible at the IRZ: Katharina Tegeder, Rita Tenhaft

This Twinning project is being carried out in cooperation with the Latvian Ministry of Justice as a junior partner and the National Centre for Data Protection of the Republic of Moldova. It started on 2 October 2017 and has a duration of 24 months. The project has a budget of EUR 1 million. The overall objective of the project is to secure personal data protection and privacy in Moldova in accordance with the legal framework and EU standards. Furthermore, the exchange of data between EU Member States and Moldova is to be secured from May 2018, when the EU General Data Protection Regulation enters into force and Directive 2016/680 has to be introduced into national law by EU Member States. The project consists of three components:

  • Harmonisation of national legislation in the field of personal data protection with the EU Acquis, including the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation and the EU Directive 2016/680. The current legal situation in the Republic of Moldova is being reviewed and compared with the two EU regulations. A draft law and a strategic plan for the years 2020 to 2022 are to be drawn up.
  • Support of the National Centre for Personal Data Protection and other relevant institutions in the implementation of the new Data Protection Act still to be drafted. A code of conduct for those who gather and process data will be designed and a “Train-the-Trainer” programme will be implemented. The handling of violations of data protection regulations is also practiced.
  • Raising awareness of the public and of persons who verify and process data with regard to the regulations of the General Data Protection Regulation and the EU Directive 2016/680.
Funded by the European Union