Participating in the event was a delegation made up of Georgian experts in the field of police reforming, including Georgian Deputy Interior Minister Ekaterina Zguladze. The experts informed about the reform of the Interior Ministry's structures under way. They also provided information on all the components of the reform, including the traffic police, training staff and policy of intolerance towards corruption.
US Ambassador to Moldova William Moser praised the launch of the dialogue between the Moldovan and Georgian sides on the law-enforcement bodies' reform, noting that Moldova may learn from Georgia's experience to this end.
The American diplomat reiterated his country's support for the carrying out the process of reform in the law-enforcement and justice bodies by the Moldovan cabinet. He emphasized that these actions are important to become a true state based on the rule of law and for Moldova's rapprochement with the European Union and the West.
William Moser encouraged the Moldovan authorities to continue reform actions and the fight to combat corruption. In this respect, the diplomat welcomed the adoption of the law on judges' immunity in case of corruption, and called on the Moldovan government to pass the Anti-Corruption Strategy.
Vlad Filat greeted the guests from Georgian law-enforcement structures. He praised the willingness of the Tbilisi colleagues to share their experience, which is highly appreciated on the international stage, to reform the law-enforcement institutions and combat corruption.
"This conference is of special importance for us, as the Moldovan government established the edification and consolidation of the state based on the rule of law as one of its basic priorities. The reform of the Interior Ministry, judicial system and fight against corruption are just some of the components of a wide vision that we are set to implement, in order to ensure an adequate level of guaranteeing the fundamental human rights and freedoms, re-establish the citizen's confidence in the law-enforcement institutions, ensure the turning to account of the democratic aspirations," the prime minister said.
Vlad Filat specified that the reform initiated at the Interior Ministry (MAI) is a long-lasting process, based on a concept and an action plan developed with the help of domestic and international experts, as well as on a wide consultation with the national and international competent organizations.
"Willing to avoid a quick, declarative reform, just as we have had occasion to see this earlier, we decided to divide the implementation of the reform into stages, in order not to harm the qualitative aspect of the transformations. In the first phase by late 2012, over 36 primary and secondary normative acts are to be adopted or essentially changed. The second stage - the institution reform itself, will be very visible, and I hope, it will be felt positively by each citizen. The finality of the MAI reforms must be a qualitatively new product, a modern institution, which serves the citizen and is positively appreciated by each of us. And the Moldovan government has the needed will and resolution to make this fact come true," the prime minister said.
At the same time, Filat specified that the MAI's reform is a success only within a more in-depth reform of all the Moldovan law -enforcement institutions. Here, it is about the judicial system, reform of the Prosecution, Anti-Corruption Centre (CCCEC) and the Security and Information Service (SIS). Some of these transformations have been already started, such as, for instance, the process of transformation of the CCCEC into a National Anti-Corruption Centre, reform begun in the justice area, etc. Other initiatives of this kind are to be implemented after the consultations with the civil society and the development partners are completed.
Vlad Filat stressed the importance of the experience of other states, especially Georgia, to this end. The prime minister said he is impressed by the results got following the implementation of reforms, sometimes drastic ones, in the field of combating corruption, organized crime, judicial system's reform. "International corruption perception indexes show a qualitative progress of Georgia, placing it on the 67th position, at the same level with the some of the European Union countries, and 87 per cent of the residents' vote of confidence in the work of the police is the best mark that shows the outcomes of the undertaken measures," the prime minister said.
Filat said Moldova will fully use the Georgian experience, the most positive aspects of the reform with their adjusting to the realities from Moldova.
Also, Vlad Filat voiced confidence that, following the today's conference, the Moldovan law-enforcement institutions will be able to take over and then implement new ideas, in order to foster the initiated reforms and turn to account their qualitative content.
For his part, Interior Minister Alexei Roibu said the institution he leads is involved in a comprehensive process of edifying reformed police and law-enforcement bodies that are to ensure calm, citizens' security and public order. To this end, a string of laws on the reformation of the police have been passed. Yet, other draft laws on the activity of the police, carabineers, holding fire arms, etc. will follow. Also, starting from 1 July 2012, the border police will be created, and the Border Guards Service will begin to work in a new format.
The minister specified that, so far, MAI representatives paid five fact-collecting visits to Georgia, that helped speed up the reforms' promotion.
Georgian Deputy Interior Minister Ekaterina Zguladze appreciated the presence of the Moldovan prime minister at the event. She stressed that both countries need new experiences in the work of the law-enforcement bodies.
"Each country finds its own way in the reforms' field and, as long as there is political will and support on behalf of foreign partners, we can make progress. We are the first to implement these reforms, and we proved that changes are possible," Ekaterina Zguladze said.
She informed about the way covered by Georgia in the police reformation sector, drastic measures taken to this effect and the headway made in combating corruption.
The Georgian official emphasized that the key to the success in the police reform is the regaining by the policemen of respect on behalf of the citizens. Zguladze said that, to do this, the police employees need to show a similar attitude towards the ordinary people, as well as to ensure the supremacy of law. Also, it is necessary to change the image of the policeman in the society, provide decent salaries and proper technical equipment to policemen.