CSAT approves plan to deploy troops on missions abroad in 2018: As many as 1,775 servicemen and 1,867 gendarmes and police staff to participate in missions abroad

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The Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT) has greenlighted on Tuesday a plan for the use of the Romanian Armed Forces that are deployed on missions and operations abroad in 2018, according to a press release of the Presidential Administration.

The National Defence Ministry will participate in 2018, outside the borders of the Romanian state with 1,775 servicemen, by 286 more servicemen than last year. The military can be deployed in theatres of operations as well as in individual observation and monitoring missions. Another 233 servicemen will be in the country, on stand-by for deployment.

Moreover, the Internal Affairs Ministry’s forces, available in 2018 for the missions of the European Union, OSCE, NATO and UN, will count 1,867 gendarmes and police officers – by 340 more than in 2017. Of these, 1,018 will participate in missions and 849 will be deployed at order.

According to the release, participating with forces and capabilities in NATO’s mission in Afghanistan – Resolute Support Mission, concurrently with maintaining the participation in NATO KFOR and EU ALTHEA operations in the Balkans are the main challenge.

“By participating in such missions, the Romanian state gets actively involved in promoting regional and global stability and security, in combating international terrorism, by acting in accordance with Romania’s National Defence Strategy for 2015-2019,’ the release specifies.

 

Romanian institutions have duly enforced UN, EU international sanctions

 

The Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT) looked at and approved on Tuesday the Report on the measures taken by Romania towards the enforcement of international sanction regimes (October 2016 – September 2017).

“The Council found that during the reference period Romanian institutions have implemented the sanctions adopted by the United Nations and the European Union, applicable at national level through the framework law and sectoral regulations,” informs a release of the Presidential Administration.

According to the cited source, the Interinstitutional Council on the Implementation of International Sanctions has organized in this interval several meetings to analyze the provisions of the sanction regimes, beginning with travel restrictions and the freezing of funds and economic resources, and continuing with a ban on the sale, supply, transfer or export, to the states concerned, of military products and related services.

CSAT members were also informed about the stage of the enforcement of the Action Plan for the implementation of the decisions of the NATO Summit in Warsaw.

Another point on the agenda was the analysis and approval of the National Intelligence Priorities Plan for 2018, which is the main planning document for activities in the field.

The Presidential Administration points out that this is the result of the prospective analysis conducted by the analytical structure of the National Intelligence Community in co-operation with the entities legally entitled to receive information for deciding on national intelligence priorities identified on the basis of the assessment of threats, risks and vulnerabilities of national security, and of opportunities to promote national interests.