NATO Trust Fund project to destroy 1 300 tonnes of pesticides and dangerous chemicals in the Republic of Moldova

  • Last updated: 12 Feb. 2010 09:43

On 10 February, NATO marked the launch of the third phase of a NATO Partnership for Peace Trust Fund project to destroy pesticides and dangerous chemicals in the Republic of Moldova with a ceremony at NATO Headquarters. In this third phase, the project aims to eliminate some 1 300 tonnes of the previously repacked pesticides and dangerous chemicals.

Left to right: Vitalie Marinuta (Defence Minister of Moldova);  Robert F. Simmons Jr (NATO's Acting Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy)  and Sorin Ducaru  (Romanian Ambassador to NATO)

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.