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Heads of institutions responsible for safeguarding national security request relevant law package adapted to the new threats

The members of the Strategic Interministerial Group for the prevention and combat of macro-crime (GIS) and of the National Committee for Special Emergency Situations (CNSSU) agreed on Friday in a joint sitting on the need to place again the regulatory package for ensuring public safety and national security on the agenda of the Government, Parliament and the civil society, following the latest developments of the security situation and EU and national relevant regulations.

The joint GIS and CNSSU sitting, chaired by Vice Premier for National Security Gabriel Oprea, was dedicated to analyzing the security situation in the European Union and in Romania’s areas of strategic interest, as well as to developing intervention capabilities in special emergency situations.

According to a release of the Ministry of Internal Affairs to Agerpres, these regulations refer to keeping the data generated or processed by providers of public electronic communication networks, setting in place a clear, well-defined, predictable and foreseeable legal framework regarding the use of prepaid cards, but also to the need to use under legal conditions the images obtained from public video surveillance systems.

 

SRI’s Maior: Services with responsibilities in the field of national security need these legal means

 

Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) director George Maior (photo)  argued that the services with responsibilities in the field of national security need these legal means, given the current imperative to correctly identify all risk factors.

 

Vice-premier Oprea: Ensuring a climate of public security requires efficient operational mechanisms

 

Gabriel Oprea pointed out that ensuring a climate of public security requires the existence of efficient operational mechanisms at the hand of state structures, along with a high level of responsibility as regards ensuring the procedural guarantees for the persons under investigation.

Referring to the situation generated by the recent events in France, Vice Premier Gabriel Oprea and the SRI head said it reveals a new dimension of terrorist threats, capable of seriously endangering national security and public order and, not in the last place, the credibility and authority of the law enforcement institutions.

According to the cited release, the current circumstances require an integrated approach and the utilization at full capacity of the mechanisms for GIS and CNSSU cooperation, with a view to preventing and combating all phenomena that are likely to seriously affect the security climate.

“All the institutions represented here, members of the two structures – GIS and CNSSU – have specific responsibilities, but together, benefiting from a well-structured operational and regulatory framework, they can generate a firm and fast reaction capable of ensuring public security, the prevention and counteracting of all phenomena that could generate a threat to the citizens,” Gabriel Oprea told the joint working sitting.

Attending the joint meeting were presidential advisor on security issues George Scutaru – as a guest; SRI director George Maior; Minister of Justice Robert Cazanciuc; Prosecutor General Tiberiu Nitu; director of the Foreign Intelligence Service Silviu Predoiu; director of the Special Telecommunications Service Marcel Opris; director of the Protection and Guard Service Lucian Pahontu; Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu; Minister for the Information Society Sorin Grindeanu; Minister of Transport Ioan Rus; Minister of Economy Mihai Tudose; Minister of Education Sorin Cimpeanu; Public Finance Minister Darius Valcov; Minister of Agriculture Daniel Constantin; Environment Minister Gratiela Gavrilescu; Minister for European Funds Eugen Orlando Teodorovici; president of the National Office for the Prevention and Combat of Money Laundering Neculaie Plaiasu; director of the Anti-Fraud Department Andrei Attila Chendi.

 

President’s adviser Ungureanu: National security package has been collecting the dust in Parliament drawers for years, it is unacceptable

 

Europe is now at a critical moment and this is the first time when its citizens find that the integration process requires sacrifices as well, presidential advisor Mihai Razvan Ungureanu considers.

He made this remark on Friday in Cluj-Napoca, in response to a journalist’s question regarding the Paris attack this Wednesday, targeted against the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, where 12 people were slain.

“I believe that all the citizens of Europe are bound to understand today that the EU is at a turning point when we have to choose between civic rights and freedoms and the need for security, when we need to understand the difference between an attitude of openness towards multiculturalism or an attitude that would backfire on us, when Europe turns from a space of liberties into a fortress. This is a critical time for European thought, as well as for the future of the European construction as a whole. We won’t be able to evolve as a united continent that observes the same rules of living together – the way modernity generates them, if we change our attitude towards ethnic differences, towards confessional differences, in the situation where we become restrictive with civic freedoms, with our everyday rights,” said Mihai Razvan Ungureanu.

He underscored that not just those holding leading positions in the European countries, but all the citizens should prove, in a collective effort, their serious approach of principles.

“I too am of the opinion that principles get over what such a tragic event, such a tragic and painful attack means. I think this is the first time when we see that the entire European construction, the process of European integration also requires painful sacrifices,” Ungureanu said. The presidential advisor reminded on the occasion that there are some years now that the national security package has not been updated, adding that it is “unacceptable that those acts have been collecting the dust in Parliament drawers for years in a row.”

“I think that at this point it would be useful for the Romanian political class to reflect on the reasons that caused this unacceptably long delay in Parliament’s dealing with the national security package. We are in a paradoxical situation. (…) The national security package has been lying for years now somewhere in the drawers of Parliament. This is unacceptable. The intelligence services, the framework law on national security are largely unadjusted to the current context and beside ambiguity, this also creates the potential for abuse,” Presidential adviser Mihai Razvan Ungureanu told a debate on Friday organized by the CITADEL Group of Reflection and International Analysis and hosted by the Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca.

Asked whether he would return at the helm of the Foreign Intelligence Service, Ungureanu said that regardless of the office he will hold, he “will do his utmost to strengthen the Romanian state and to give Romania the stature it deserves.”

 

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