Iohannis, Ponta discuss Gov’t steps with foreign partners for increased Armed Forces funding

President Klaus Iohannis, Prime Minister Victor Ponta and several ministers on Thursday had a working meeting at the Cotroceni Palace to discuss the stage of the steps taken by the Government with external partners towards increasing the budget deficit, so as to allow an additional allocation of 0.3 percent of GDP in 2015 for military spending.

According to a release from the Presidential Administration, the subjects of the talks were the 2014 budget execution with the Ministry of Defence, the Defence allocations in 2015, the outlooks for the next two years, the stage of attracting European funds, as well as ways to improve the absorption of such funds.

The meeting took place at President Klaus Iohannis’s initiative.

Also attending were Minister of National Defence Mircea Dusa, Minister of Public Finance Darius Valcov, Minister for EU Funds Eugen Teodorovici, as well as presidential advisors Dan Mihalache, George Scutaru and Cosmin Marinescu.

The Presidential Administration said that this discussion is part of a series of institutional approaches in the field of national security taken in accordance with the constitutional powers of the President of Romania.

According to the video released by the Presidential Administration, President Klaus Iohannis said in opening of the meeting with representatives of the Executive that he wanted to have a discussion with them in order to prepare the visit he will make next week in Brussels. Romania’s head of state said that in Brussels he will meet with the European Commission President, the European Council President and the Secretary General of NATO for discussing issues related to the budget, and the absorption of European funds.


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