CSAT: 66 more gendarmes sent to Afghanistan

In its Tuesday evening meeting, the Supreme Defence Council (CSAT) also decided to increase Romania’s presence in the Afghanistan mission by 66 gendarmes, President Traian Basescu announced after the session.

The 66 gendarmes will have to take part in training Afghan law enforcement agents, the president added. He also said the government, in its next session, will approve the costs necessary for this operation. By the end of 2014, responsibility of security in the country will be transferred to the Afghan government, under a NATO decision last year.

Another topic on CSAT’s agenda was authorities’ efforts to combat tax evasion, the defence body recommending more intense actions to stave off the phenomenon and enforcement of these measures in all fields of economy, according to a press release from the presidential administration. Other issues discussed included investment and commercial opportunities in Asia-Pacific states, China in particular.

“The agenda also included a report on Romania’s progress in the Schengen accession process, thus establishing action priorities for the following months. The conclusion of talks was that Romania respected all commitments made under this chapter and that it maintains its stance regarding the application of current Schengen evaluation criteria, disapproving of any connection between these criteria and the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism,” the release says.

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