Moldova has a modern e-registry of small and light arms

12 Nov 2013

image New e-registry ensures a more efficient control and management of the legal circulation of small and light arms. Photo: Ministry of Interior

The Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Moldova has now an electronic registry of arms which ensures a more efficient control and management of the legal circulation of small and light arms. The Government of Romania provided assistance worth US$ 113.000 through a project aimed at strengthening the capacities of the Ministry of Interior in fighting crime, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to ensure a secure and swift exchange of data on the circulation of small and light arms in the Republic of Moldova.

Each police inspectorate has been endowed with computers and IT equipment which offer police officers the possibility to upload data in the electronic registry about the arm and its owner, to exchange info online and access through secure means available data without having to submit information requests in written form. This contributes to increasing the efficiency and speeding up the processes, in particular during penal investigations on the use and circulation of small and light arms.

“We highly appreciate the financial support of the Government of Romania in strengthening the capacities of the Ministry of Interior in adjusting to the highest standards the monitoring of arms in civil circulation. The electronic registry is part of an integrated information system which complement the reform of the law enforcement bodies”, said Dorin Recean, Minister of Interior of the Republic of Moldova.

The assistance provided by the Government of Romania and UNDP aim to support the efforts of the Moldovan authorities in reforming the Ministry of Interior with the ultimate goal to increase the level of general safety in the society through a better control and management of the arms’ circulation. At the same time, these activities are part of the actions to advance the negotiations of the Republic of Moldova with the European Union on visa liberalization regime and meet conditions required to obtain the statute of an EU associated state.  

“As an EU member-state, Romania has extensive experience in harmonizing the legislation and implementing the European standards in the field of justice and internal affairs”, said Marius Lazurca, Ambassador of Romania to the Republic of Moldova. „This project is part of the Government of Romania’s actions aimed at supporting the European integration efforts of the Republic of Moldova. The project will also contribute to increasing the safety of people by applying a new control and management tool of small arms and weapons”, said Ambassador Lazurca.

In 2001, the Republic of Moldova, along with UN member-states, adopted the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons. In it, governments agreed to take measures to improve national small arms laws import and export controls, stockpile management, regional and international cooperation.

The Republic of Moldova has submitted 7 National Reports on the implementation of the Programme of Action (the first – 2003, the last one – 2012).

“Under its international commitments to the UN global Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate Illicit Trade in SALW, Moldova has taken significant steps to address the proliferation of small arms”, said  Nicola Harrington-Buhay, UNDP Resident Representative in Moldova. “The use of modern information technologies supported by this project will help the authorities ensure more efficient control over the circulation of small and light arms, helping people enjoy a safer environment in which they feel protected”.

Contact Information

Alexandru Cocîrță, Project Manager, mob. 069903560, alexandru.cocirta@undp.org