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Republic of Moldova Could Benefit from Assistance within the Professional Development Programme

CHISINAU, February 13, 2019 — The NATO experts responsible for the implementation of the Professional Development Programme (PDP) are paying a working visit to the Republic of Moldova during February 12-15, in order to assess the opportunities for expanding this Programme in our country.

While in Chisinau, PDP Manager Marcin Koziel and Dominika Rihova met with General State Secretary, Radu Burduja and analyzed the necessities identified by the Ministry of Defense for the modernization of the defense and security sector and the supporting methods ensured by the PDP.

The officials also talked about the importance of the Programme, its format and the possibility to implement it in the Republic of Moldova.

The two experts will also meet with representatives of the Committee for national security, defense and public order, State Chancellery, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Ministry of Internal Affairs, and Security and Intelligence Service in order to present the Programme’s impact and benefits for countries such as Georgia and Ukraine. The activity is supported by the NATO Liaison Office in Chisinau. 

The NATO Professional Development Programme for building capacities of direct assistance for the defense and security sector aims to strengthen civilian and democratic control over armed forces. The Programme has been implemented in Ukraine since 2006 and in Georgia since 2009.

The PDP refers to areas such as professional training of civilian employees of the defense and security sector; facilitating the process of development and implementation of reforms in the public sector and, especially, in the defense and security sector; familiarization and implementation of Euro-Atlantic standards; and offering Western expertise in various fields.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia are the most active nations that offer assistance within the PDP.

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