The EU approved Military Aid of 70 Million Euros for Moldova and GeorgiaEU | May 4, 2023, Thursday // 14:40| views
The EU member states approved today a total of 70 million euros in aid for the armed forces of Moldova and Georgia.
The aim is to strengthen the national security, stability and resilience of the defense sectors of both countries. The aid will improve the interoperability and compatibility of their armies in line with EU standards. This will lead to better protection of the civilian population in crises and emergencies.
The measures should also strengthen the capacity of Chisinau and Tbilisi in their participation in EU missions in third countries.
The money is from the European Peace Support Mechanism (EPSM). The aid for both parties is for a period of 36 months.
Moldova will receive 40 million euros. This amount will fund non-lethal equipment, supplies and services for military units. If necessary, technical training will also be provided. Approved equipment includes aerial surveillance, mobility and transportation, logistics and control, and cyber defense equipment. The aid was requested by the authorities in Chisinau on February 6.
The aid to Georgia is 30 million euros. The Defense Forces of the Transcaucasian Republic will receive the same as the Moldovan army plus medical logistics. Tbilisi authorities requested this assistance on February 8.
This is the third package of military aid for each of the two former Soviet republics, recalled the EU's high representative for foreign policy, Josep Borrell. Moldova has so far received a total of 47 million euros, and Georgia - 32.75 million.
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