The Government is aiming to fully equip the General Emergency Inspectorate (IGSU), with the total amount to be allocated, mainly from European funds, to be 600 million euros, under a programme that will be conducted in the next two or three years, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose said on Wednesday.
“It is about materialising a discussion that we had with the Interior Ministry, with Mrs Minister, with Mr. Raed Arafat, starting with the first project – what we can do quickly – and we have come together to the conclusion that we’d better be wise not patch things every year by subtracting as if in a never-ending story. To the question about the ideal situation where this elite unit [IGSU] needs, the doctor [senior emergency official Raed Arafat] said everything – from a fire fighting sea vessel to a train to intervene in railway tunnels, walking through telescopic ladders, divers and so on. I am telling you now that the sum is 600 million euros. After we came back from the shock to the sound of the sum size, we started working, and after two days I brought the good news to Dr. Raed Arafat that I found the solution,” Tudose said at the end of a news event organised by the General Emergency Inspectorate on a “Multi-Risk – Module I” project.
Tudose added that in two weeks’ time, the actual running of the projects will begin.
Asked if the money will come from the EU, Tudose said yes, adding that there will be a national contribution that will be small. The IGSU equipping programme will run over the next two to three years, the prime minister added.
Asked whether there will also be training courses in the use of new equipment, Tudose said: “All the project components are included in this money.”
Also attending the IGSU event were Interior Minister Carmen Dan, senior emergency official Raed Arafat, and Minister-delegate for European Funds Rovana Plumb.