Launched in September 2005, the project originally focused on repacking, centralising and safely storing a part of the Republic of Moldova’s identified stockpiles of pesticides and dangerous chemicals that were in poor condition, were scattered over several locations and posed a serious health and environmental hazard.
The initial phase was done in close cooperation with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Dutch NGO Milieucontact. NATO’s Science for Peace and Security Programme oversaw the second phase of the project, which implemented a systematic analysis of the repacked chemicals. A NATO-funded laboratory was established for this purpose, and local personnel were trained in standard sampling, analysis and data management techniques.
NATO’s Acting Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, Robert F. Simmons Jr., presided over the ceremony, in the presence of Moldovan Minister of Defence H.E. Vitalie Marinuta, the Romanian Ambassador to NATO H.E. Sorin Ducaru and Dr. Frederic Peugeot from the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA).
Romania is the lead nation for the Trust Fund project whereas NAMSA is in charge of its overall implementation. The third phase is estimated to cost €2,1 million and should take at least 12 months.