NATO Trust fund: NATO successfully removes pesticides from Moldova

06 July 2018

Surplus stocks of pesticides and dangerous chemicals predating 1974 left a damaging legacy in the Republic of Moldova.  The dangerous substances were scattered all over the country, either buried or stored in poorly equipped facilities lacking proper monitoring and security.  To address and prevent increasingly high risks to population and the environment, a NATO Trust Fund project was activated in 2007 to destroy the stocks and assist Moldova. 

A closing ceremony for NATO Trust Fund project was held on 28 June 2018 in Alexandreni, a village situated in the centre of the Republic of Moldova, which was attended by more than 70 guests including NATO and partner nations’ Ambassadors and Defence Attaches and Moldovan Government representatives.  The ceremony was also attended by Mr Orhan Muralti, Director Operations on behalf of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency, which acted as the Executing Agent of the project on behalf of Romania, the lead nation.

In addition to the lead nation, 18 other NATO member and partner nations – Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Netherland, Poland, Romania, Sweden and Turkey – contributed to the project.

"This Trust Fund project is an excellent complement to the other defence capacity building and security related activities that take place within the framework of NATO-Moldova relations," Mr Filip Pavel, Prime Minister of Moldova, stated.  Ambassador of Romania to the Republic of Moldova, E.S. Daniel Ioniţă, said, "We consider our project leadership as a strong demonstration - and an important element - of Romania's support to Moldova’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations".

Mr Orhan Muralti, NSPA Director of Support to Operations and Mr Filip Pavel, Prime Minister of Moldova