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Inauguration of the new Sculeni customs post, modernized under the RMCO project

The Customs Service conducted the official opening event of the Sculeni customs post, modernized under the Project “Rehabilitation and modernisation of the border customs offices at the Romanian-Moldovan border, respectively the Albita-Leuseni, Sculeni-Sculeni and Giurgiulesti-Galati customs posts (RMCO), funded by the European Union and co-funded by the Government of the Republic of Moldova and the Government of Romania.

The inauguration event was attended by the management of the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Customs Service and the Border Police, the Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova and the representatives of the EU Delegation, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Romania to the Republic of Moldova, the management of the Romanian Customs Authority, project team managers, as well as the development partners.

Guided by the Director of the Customs Service, Igor Talmazan and the Project Manager, Valeriu Nani, the participants made a tour through the Sculeni customs post, while mentioning that under the modernization project the Sculeni customs post benefited from the largest investment and high complexity works for its extension and complete reconstruction.

During the tour, a presentation and description was made of the infrastructure works for the border customs post, which were carried out at the exit from/entry to the country:

  • 6 new customs control lanes built – there will be 14 lanes in total (7 at the entry and 7 at the exit);
  • Pavilions and canopies built;
  • Access roads rehabilitated;
  • Scanning platforms and protection walls for the mobile scanner built;
  • Lightning protection system built;
  • Wastewater and storm water treatment plants built;
  • Liquefied gas supply system built;
  • Outdoor lighting system rehabilitated and upgraded;
  • Marking and signage system rehabilitated;
  • Administrative building rehabilitated and modernized.

At the same time, the area of the post was extended 2 times, from the original 2.3 ha to 4.86 ha at present, which will increase the operational capacity and provide an infrastructure adapted to current conditions.

Sculeni customs post, with the support of development partners, was equipped with the equipment needed for the best performance of the customs officers’ activity, modern customs control equipment, including the stationary X-rąy scanning system for goods and means of transport.

With the financial support of the European Union, provided through the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the video surveillance system was implemented and LED information panels were installed, which will inform travellers on the new customs legislation and border crossing rules.

The cost of works carried out at the Sculeni customs post amounted to 135 362 461 lei (about EUR 6 944 670).

The overall objective of the RMCO Project is to modernize the customs posts at the Moldovan-Romanian border and improve the conditions for customs control in compliance with international requirements, which will increase institutional and operational efficiency by facilitating international trade and streamlining cross-border movement of goods and passengers.

Note: The project was funded by the European Union under the Joint Operational Programme Romania-Republic of Moldova 2014-2020. The budget of the project managed by the Customs Service was 8 247 348 Euro, of which 3 214 000 Euro were provided as a grant by the EU, and the contribution of the Government of the Republic of Moldova was EUR 5 033 348.