On the occasion of the festivities celebrating 163 years since the foundation of the Romanian Gendarmerie, Interior Minister Radu Stroe told the gendarmes that their priority objective would still be increasing public safety. ‘You have proved you are a creditworthy force in the service of your peers and, through your own resources, you have secured a top position among the institutions that enjoy the highest popular trust. (…) we all expect from you firmness, legality and prompt response’, Mediafax quotes Stroe as having said. The minister also congratulated the gendarmes participating in internationals security missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo: ‘The international prestige you have gained by your professional accomplishment of NATO and UN missions demonstrates that you are trained and educated to be providers, guarantors and defenders of peace and justice’.
The Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Valeriu Zgonea, in turn said Romanian gendarmes were being perceived as genuine professionals by the foreign partners, having demonstrated during the various missions they had participated in that they were the equals of colleagues from countries with a longer-standing tradition in the field. Present during the event, PM Victor Ponta congratulated the Gendarmerie for the fact that, in the past years, it had not been affected by institutional, political and social disputes. ‘Next to the Romanian Army, you have remained institutions people appreciate and genuinely see in the service of the citizen and the law, which is quite an extraordinary thing I would like to ask you to preserve’, Ponta said. The PM added that, without making any promises, every resource that would be identified would be given to that institution the country badly needs. Festivities dedicated to the Day of the Romanian Gendarmerie were held at the headquarters of the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Gendarmerie (IGPR), in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea, National security department head Iulian Fota and Defence Minister Mircea Dusa.