The European Union has signed an agreement with the Republic of Moldova, which is legally binding for cooperation in border management between the Moldovan Border Guard and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex).
According to the EU Commission, this agreement will allow for increased deployment of Frontex teams to support Moldovan authorities in border management, including monitoring, registration, identity control of people crossing the border and border control tasks, TheSchengen.com reports.
The agreement was signed on behalf of the European Union by Commissioner for Internal Affairs Ylva Johansson, representative of the French Presidency of the Council Philippe Léglis-Costa, and on behalf of the Republic of Moldova by Daniela Murari, Moldovan’s ambassador to the European Union. .
In a press release issued by the EU Commission on March 17, Commissioner Johansson said that since the beginning of the war, Moldova has hosted many refugees from Ukraine, and Moldova’s actions in receiving these people have been impressive.
“The EU stands by Moldova – through humanitarian support via the Civil Protection Mechanism, pledges to transport people to EU member states, and now with this agreement signed today, the EU will provide further assistance to support border management with the actual deployment of Frontex,” she noted. In this regard, the border guards of the territory of Moldova to work side by side with the border guards of Moldova in the performance of their work.
The draft resolution must receive final approval from the European Parliament but based on the provisional implementation of the Council’s decision from 17 March, additional Frontex staff may be appointed.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, more than 400,000 Ukrainians have crossed the territory of the Republic of Moldova.
According to recent United Nations data, more than three million people have left their homelands, seeking shelter in neighboring countries.
On March 3, Frontex decided to send additional support to Romania in border management due to the large influx of people from Ukraine.
Frontex has sent about 150 officers to the Romanian border, with 45 patrol cars and other equipment. In addition, the status agreement will also positively affect the management of Romania’s borders and the overall management of the external borders of the European Union.
Moreover, Germany decided on March 14 to transfer 2,500 Ukrainian refugees in Moldova to its territory.