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President Iohannis to hold consultations with parliamentary parties on National Defence Strategy

President Klaus Iohannis will be holding talks today with leaders of the parliamentary parties on the National Defence Strategy.

The consultations are scheduled for 18:00hrs, EEST at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

Iohannis said last week that also discussed at the consultations will be the situation of Prime Minister Victor Ponta, whose criminal investigation the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) requested from the Chamber of Deputies.

On February 9, Iohannis told a plenary session of Parliament that he will introduce to Parliament a National Defence Strategy during the ongoing session.

“My respect for Parliament is expressed also in my carrying out the duties incumbent on me as President. During the ongoing session, I will introduce to Parliament a national defence strategy in accordance with the fundamental law,” Iohannis told Parliament.

On February 17, Iohannis started a process of inter-institutional consultations for the drawing up of the National Defence Strategy, putting in charge former presidential adviser George Scutaru and state adviser Sebastian Huluban. Later on, the charge was switched to presidential adviser Ion Oprisor.

For the drawing up of the National Defence Strategy, the Parliament’s defence committees, representatives of the civil society, the academia, and national security organisations were consulted.

The National Defence Strategy has to be forwarded to Parliament within six months after the inauguration of the President, which took place on December 21, 2014, Agerpres informs.


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