Moldova joins the EU civil protection mechanism as a participating state
September 18, 2023

Moldova joins the EU civil protection mechanism as a participating state

Moldova today joined the EU civil protection mechanism as a participating state. The Mechanism is a European solidarity initiative designed to support countries in times of crisis and disaster.

Moldova has itself benefitted from the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to cope with the large-scale displacement triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Now that Moldova has officially joined the Mechanism, it will also be able to offer solidarity and assistance to other countries in need.

Civil protection encompasses preventive measures to reduce the impact of future emergencies or disasters and aid delivered to populations in need following a natural or man-made disaster. The EU civil protection mechanism coordinates this response at EU level.

Depending on the nature of the disaster, this aid can take different forms, such as search and rescue operations, forest and urban firefighting, medical personnel deployment, medical equipment and medicines, water purification, and temporary emergency shelter.

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