The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) yesterday launched, in PM Victor Ponta’s presence, a SMS alerting service for Romanians in risk-prone areas abroad. The service was made possible by MAE’s cooperation with mobile telephone operators Cosmote, Orange, RCS&RDS and Vodafone. The Romanian citizens traveling in a foreign risk area and having roaming service mobile phones will receive, along with a welcome message in the native language, a SMS on the risk situation and contact data information on the nearest MAE diplomatic mission in that country. “I like these projects, when the private sector works with the state one. I hope Romanians will benefit from this service at the soonest (…),” Mediafax quoted the Premier as saying. Minister Corlatean pointed out that the service will operate in arm conflict risk countries in the Middle East, such as Syria, as well as other countries with dangerous natural and meteorological phenomena, as was the case with Iceland during the volcano eruption a few years ago. Ponta also said that the service obeys the personal data protection law, and explained that the MAE won’t access personal data and mobile telephone operators will send warning messages.