Third and last stage of the destruction of pesticides and dangerous chemicals project launched in Moldova

08 August 2013

The third stage of the Partnership for Peace (PfP) Trust Fund project for the Destruction of Pesticides and Dangerous Chemicals (PDC) in the Republic of Moldova was officially launched on 9 July 2013 in Chisinau.

The event was attended by representatives of Moldova, the contributing states and the organizations involved in the project implementation, highlighting the importance of this project. The delegation included Mr Vitalie Marinuta, Moldova's Minister of Defence, H.E. Mr Gabor Iklody, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, H.E. Mr Marius Gabriel Lazurca, Romanian Ambassador to Moldova, and Mr Bulent Tüdes, NSPA's General Services Programme Manager. The Moldovan Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr Dorin Recean, and the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry, Mr Viorel Gotu, together with the ambassadors of the contributing nations and other official representatives of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) were also present at the ceremony. National and international media reported the event.

NSPA has successfully acted as executing agent in Moldova since 2001, completing the first two phases of the project by conducting the chemical analysis and repacking and transporting the pesticides to fifteen purpose-built storage sites.

This engagement laid the groundwork for the last and crucial phase which involves 1,269 tons of PDC being transported to Poland to be incinerated, marking another important victory in Moldova's fight for environmental protection. The total cost of this project phase is estimated at MEUR 2.2 and new sponsors are expected to contribute.

“The successful destruction of pesticides and chemicals in Moldova derives from the good cooperation between Moldova, NATO and donor countries. We are working together to save the environment and to provide better living conditions for the Moldovan population.” said H.E. Mr Iklody, stressing the critical contribution of the coalition in achieving these important results. At the same time Mr Marinuta stated that “This project is an example of close cooperation between NATO and the Republic of Moldova in the non-military field.”

The estimated project completion date is December 2014.