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“Security in the Black Sea Region. Common Challenges, Sustainable Future” International Programme: Romania must consolidate strategic credibility, says President Iohannis

President Klaus Iohannis on Monday in the opening ceremony of the “Security in the Black Sea Region. Common Challenges, Sustainable Future” International Programme that Romania “must consolidate its strategic credibility.”

“The consolidation of Romania’s profile inside NATO and the EU represents a priority, a conduct line specific to good governance, which responds to our citizens’ expectations. In an area characterised by the collision of strategic interests and in a period marked by fast geopolitical modifications, Romania must consolidate its strategic credibility,” Iohannis said at the Cotroceni Palace, according to the speech broadcast by the Presidential Administration.

The head of state appreciated the current geopolitical context as being a “complex one,” characterised by global transformations and challenges.

“In such a context, the Strategic Partnership with the United States of America, the affiliation to NATO and the European Union are essential to Romania. They represent the fundamental coordinates of Romania’s foreign and security policy,” President Klaus Iohannis showed.

He indicated that the Black Sea is a space “both of convergence and of collision” of the riparian countries, but also of various international players.

“The geopolitical and security evolution in the Black Sea area, the geographic position of the region, the risks and threats to the stability in the area are aspects drawing increasingly more interest of the international community. In addition, there are elements related with the political, economic and military cooperation. The location of the region at the NATO and EU borders, but also at the borders of the Middle East, the existence of some open or frozen conflicts, the trans-border crime, the democratic deficits and the presence of some important energy resources increase the strategic value of the Black Sea area,” the head of state said in his speech.

He pointed out that this region, an interface with Central Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean Sea, is “a complex and heterogeneous security environment.” President Iohannis brought to mind that the states in the Black Sea Extended Area tried to find “efficient collaboration forms,” referring, in context, to the institutionalised cooperation structures, such as the Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), but also to non-institutionalised structures, such as the South-East European Cooperation Process or to initiatives such as the Black Sea Euroregion or the Black Sea Synergy.

“Still, we cannot talk about significant results in the security area. This is also because of the lack of an integrated vision and because many initiatives have unfortunately remained at a project stage,” Iohannis said.

The head of state showed that Romania “continues to firmly assume” the commitment of supplying security in the region, supporting the stabilisation, reform, democratisation and integration processes in the area, promoting a single, free and prosperous Europe, not only in the NATO and the European Union territory, but also in their vicinity.

“Together with our allies and partners, we offer our knowledge resources, as well as the human and material resources, to contribute to restoring the regional security based on international law and to ensuring the sustainability of the states in the Black Sea region,” President Iohannis added.

Romania’s  head of state maintained that the event organised at the Cotroceni Palace is “a valuable demarche of strategic reflection,” showing that he would also support it in the coming years.

“The Security in the Black Sea Region Programme contributes to the consolidation of the trans-Atlantic relation. The regional security is not only a problems of the states strictly belonging to a certain area, but a challenge to the entire international community, especially when conflicts develop in a radical manner, to war, inside a state or between states,” Iohannis said.

The “Security in the Black Sea Region. Common Challenges, Sustainable Future” International Programme is organised by the Romanian Intelligence Service  (SRI) under the high patronage of Romania’s President, in partnership with Harvard Kennedy School and National Intelligence University representatives.

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